SAVANNA — Fans arriving at halftime Thursday night might’ve left Bulldog Stadium disappointed. They saw plenty of Savanna’s backups, but the starters just milled about on the near sideline.
Those starters, after all, had put the game away in the first 24 minutes.
Bulldogs quarterback Seth Burke connected with receiver Josh Holloway for three touchdown passes, and Holloway and Ryan Weeks each rushed for a touchdown as well, powering Savanna to a 38-14 win at home against Beggs JV.
Whatever momentum Beggs gained from a 16-yard touchdown pass that cut Savanna’s lead to 13-6 late in the first quarter, Savanna took it back on its next drive. Weeks began with a 42-yard drive to the Beggs 15, then Burke floated one towards the end zone’s right pylon on third-and-goal from the 18.
Holloway had to go into a dive, but he caught the floater to make it 20-6 Bulldogs with 44 seconds left in the first. Holloway added touchdown receptions from 3 and 23 yards out, and his 7-yard touchdown made it 32-6 Bulldogs with 5:40 left in the half.
“Z-Slant,” Holloway said of his diving play. “I run three steps inside, then take five steps back towards the corner.
“They were quite hesitant. They’re still physical, they’re still a good team, but I just pointed out their flaws and took it to my advantage.”
Facing a JV team, Bulldogs coach James Bond said he wanted his team to focus on passing. And though Bond said the execution still isn’t where it needs to be to win the district, the Bulldogs cut their turnovers from seven last week down to one.
“We threw the ball a little bit better tonight than we did against Konawa,” Bond said. “I did like that. Caught the ball better.”
Savanna fell to Konawa on Sept. 3, 19-18.
Savanna’s defense forced three turnovers in Friday’s game hosting Beggs, including a fumble on Beggs’ first play from scrimmage. Weeks recovered that fumble, then rushed 34 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game.