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October 12, 2013

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Pocola 66, Wilburton 27

Flat starts continue to be a problem for the Wilburton Diggers. Against Pocola, Wilburton started flat and quickly fell too far behind to overcome.

“We had a good week of practice, good team dinner Thursday night, good speaker,” Wilburton head coach Frank Marsaln said.

“In games, we just get wide-eyed, and it was 16-0 before we could breathe.”

Wilburton’s young safeties looked particularly vulnerable Friday, repeatedly getting fooled on passing routes and allowing receivers to slip down field. The offense, meanwhile, suffered a big loss when starting quarterback Cade Fite left the game after colliding head-first with a Pocola defender at the end of the first quarter.

Freshman Bryan Lawrence came in for Fite and completed a touchdown pass to Dillon Brown. The Diggers also got touchdowns from Jonathan Fite and Levi Easley.

“He settled down a little bit, started getting into the rhythm of the game, gave us a little energy in the second half,” Marsaln said of Lawrence.

“There were some bright spots, but after the first quarter, it was just like ‘Holy cow.’”

Wilburton plays at Antlers on Thursday.

Warner 49, Haileyville 0

The Haileyville Warriors went into this season hoping to suit up a decent number of players, then maintain that depth through to the end of the season. Those might seem like small goals, but they’re achievable goals, and ones that will take the program back in the right direction.

Coach Dennis Ford said his team is meeting those goals, but along the way the Warriors might have games like Friday’s at Warner.

“They’re a good ballclub, and they did some things we hadn’t seen,” Ford said. “They ran the wing-T extremely well, and it was one of those things where they executed and we didn’t.”

Warner scored on its first three possessions, quickly putting the game out of reach. Haileyville experimented with a spread offense in the second half, but Ford said his team never really got close enough to make scoring possible.

“They were playing some good defense, but we turned the ball over several, and then we just could not get a flow of things,” Ford said.

Because Warner and Haileyville used the same offensive scheme, Ford said, Haileyville got to see that “if you run it right, it is an effective offense.”

Haileyville heads to Central Sallisaw on Thursday.

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