Chris Hilton celebrated his birthday with a productive night and a big win.
The McAlester quarterback threw for a touchdown and rushed for four scores to help the Buffs run away with a 55-0 win Friday at Hook Eales Stadium against Tulsa Hale in District 5A-3 action. Hilton finished 11-of-13 passing for 183 yards and added 11 carries for 162 yards, but focused on the team performance.
"I think that win showed people how good we can be and how polished we can be," Hilton said. "The (offensive) line stepped up big tonight and they showed themselves how good they can be too."
The Buffs (2-3, 2-1) finished with 203 rushing yards and 236 passing yards for 439 total yards, while Tulsa Hale (2-4, 0-3) had 95 yards on the ground and 11 through the air for 106 total yards.
McAlester coach Forrest Mazey said he liked how his team performed across the board and believes it will build their confidence in district play.
"I've been telling the kids since day one that if you really want it then you've got to believe it," Mazey said. "I think tonight they started to see some light."
McAlester also reduced its penalties after being flagged 20 times in last week's loss to Ada and only committing four penalties on Friday.
"That's the biggest thing," Mazey said. "We've got to stay disciplined with the game plan and disciplined on penalties."
Hilton got the Buffs on the board early with a 32-yard keeper down the left sideline for a touchdown and a seven-point lead in the game’s opening minute.
McAlester forced a Hale three-and-out and drove inside the redzone before Hilton lost a fumble at the 12 yard line.
Hilton connected with Gage Dollins for a 15-yard touchdown pass as the Buffs took a 14-0 lead with 2:51 left in the first quarter.
McAlester’s Cale Prather later recovered a Tulsa Hale fumble before Layne Jarrett capped off a long drive with a five-yard touchdown run for a 21-0 lead through the first quarter.
Hale bobbled a snap on a punt to turn it over on downs early in the second quarter as McAlester took over in the red zone.
Hilton capped off a short drive running six yards and stretching across the goal line to help the Buffs to a 28-0 lead with 9:50 to go in the half.
After the Buffs forced another three-and-out, Hilton threw behind the line out wide to Trent Boatright, who connected with Dollins for a 48-yard gain. The long pass set up a three-yard touchdown run by Colby Squyres for a 35-0 lead with 6:56 in the half.
Hilton on the next possession bolted up the middle and down the right sideline for a 65-yard touchdown run for a 42-0 lead with 3:14 in the half.
McAlester finished the first half with 351 total yards, while Hale had 74 total yards before halftime.
Hilton added a five-yard touchdown run in the third period and McAlester's Trent Cole rumbled for a 49-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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