COWETA — It was only a week ago that the McAlester Buffaloes delighted a home crowd by hanging with the No. 4 team in the state for an entire four quarters. And while the Buffs eventually lost the game 28-21, they had gained something that is perhaps more important — confidence.

But after coming off of possibly their best performance of the season, it only took three minutes for the Buffs’ new found assurance to falter.

At first it looked as if the momentum was going to carry over for McAlester, as Lyndon Walters returned the opening kick-off to the Coweta 35 yard-line. But the Tigers’ defense allowed no movement and the Buffs were forced to punt the first of seven on their opening possession.

The home team scored quickly on a 12- yard run from Michael Bryan, the first of five T.D.’s for the Tigers.

For the McAlester defense, it was a battle for survival as the Tigers’ dynamic offense moved easily down the field, hindered only twice in the first half by Billy Knighton and Kevin Wright interceptions.

Place kicker Rudy Jacquens made his first two field goal attempts of the season in the first half, both from about 40 yards out. The kicks had plenty of leg, but were both wide right.

The Tigers were held to only 10 points in the second half, while a sack in the end zone by senior Brett Haney resulted in the only points of the contest for McAlester.

Jarred Billy also gave the McAlester faithful a show, when he returned a blocked field goal attempt to the Coweta 25-yard line. But McAlester was unable once again to capitalize on the great field position.

Offensively, the Black and Gold had only 34 yards on 27 carries, and passed for 74 yards. The Tigers picked up 236 on the ground, combined with 203 through the air.

The Buffs move to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in district play.

McAlester brings it home to Hook Eales for week nine against the No. 3 Bixby Spartans.