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Sequoyah County Times Wednesday October 11, 2017

Rangers rangle Heavener for first District win BY LEA LESSLEY SPECIAL TO YOUR TIMES

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Roland High quarterback Elijah Dalton runs for positive yardage against Heavener last Friday Roland’s 45-7 victory.

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ROLAND — The Roland High offense passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two others and its defense limited Heavener to one first down in building a 27-0 first-half lead as the Rangers went on to down the Wolves 45-7 in a District 3A-8 homecoming game on Friday. Roland improved to 2-4 overall on the season

and 1-1 in District with the victory and the loss dropped Heavener to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in District. The Rangers have an open date this week and will visit league-leading Idabel on Oct. 19. Heavener travels to Muldrow on Friday. Roland head coach Jeff Streun was pleased overall with his team’s performance against Heavener. “There are a lot of positive

things obviously we can take out of it with a win but I still believe we’ve got some things we need to work on,” Streun said. “I thought we did a little bit better with turnovers and penalties but I still believe we need to play a little bit cleaner. We started off on our first possession with a couple of penalties that hurt us and we had to punt there on our second possession. With our starters I thought

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we executed pretty well offensively and defensively played really well all of the game. “I think the biggest thing we took out of it was we got to play a lot of kids. We’ve got a good-sized football team and those guys have put in a lot of work this year and we were able to give everybody some reps. It was great to be able to do SEE ROLAND, PAGE B3

Vian walks all over Wewoka

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MULDROW — Often overlooked, the Muldrow High defense limited Eufaula to only one touchdown and quarterback Braden Gleason threw three touchdown passes on Friday night inside Aubrey J. Henshaw Stadium as Muldrow evened its District 3A-8 record with a key 28-7 victory over the visiting Ironheads. The Bulldogs and Ironheads are both 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the district. “I thought we probably played our best overall game of the year,” Muldrow head coach Terry Jones said. “We struggled early in the first quarter and missed a couple of scoring opportunities but other than that I thought they played well. The defense played by far their best game of the year. “Special teams came up big. We got an onside kick on a kickoff that ended up leading to a score. The special teams played real well and we didn’t do anything to hurt ourselves on that.” A 70-yard touchdown pass from Gleason to wide receiver Caleb Armer with 8:54 left in the opening period put the Bulldogs on top before Jarrett Sharp kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0. Three of the game’s five touchdowns came in the second quarter. Eufaula quarterback Hunter Hiler completed a 63-yard touchdown to wide receiver Dylan Anderson with 7:27 to go before the half and Gage Burns added the point-after to tie the score 7-7. Muldrow reclaimed the advantage almost five minutes later when Gleason ran for a 3-yard touchdown, and with 12.3 seconds remaining before the half Sharp caught a 7-yard TD pass before adding his third successful PAT of the half. The Bulldogs led 21-7 at the intermission. Muldrow wide receiver Gage Ramey was on the receiving end of Gleason’s third TD pass of the game, a 12-yarder, with 8:22 to go in the third stanza, and

run all game Gore put the ball in the hands of the guy who led back from a 12-0 deficit in quarterback Wesley Brown. Brown — who threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-21 passing — tied the game with 13.9 seconds left in regulation on a five-yard touchdown pass to Cordell Coburn. The Pirates took over possession with 1:07 left in regulation at their own 36yard line and drove to tie the game. “Central was doing a good job taking away our run game,” Gore coach Brandon Tyler said. “Stacking the box and

WEWOKA — The Vian Vian High football team stayed unbeaten in District 2A-5 play on Friday night in Seminole County as the Wolverines topped the Tigers 62-26. Vian improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the district with its thirdstraight win while the loss dropped Wewoka to 0-7 and 0-2. “I was real pleased with how we played offensively and defensively,” Vian coach Gary Willis said. “They scored some points but they had skilled kids who were unbelievable. We knew they were athletic, they just hadn’t put it all together yet. Their skilled players are possibly the best skilled players in our district so we knew they would make some big plays and they did. We made some good adjustments at halftime and shut them down in the second half. “As far as us offensively, we moved the ball well the entire game. We had a few penalty issues early but they were playing hard-aggressive-type of penalties and I wasn’t too upset about that.” Vian’s Bodhi Vann, who rushed for 267 yards and four touchdowns in the game on 27 carries, recorded the Wolverines’ first three TDs in the opening quarter. Touchdown runs of 6, 20 and 14 yards by the junior running back and point-after kicks by Elijah Mendoza put Vian ahead 21-0 with 3:07 left. Vian defensive lineman Kade Cato added the Wolverines’ final two points of the period with a safety to make the score 23-0 with 1:59 remaining. Early in the second stanza Mendoza kicked a 44-yard field goal but the Tigers scored the next two touchdowns on a 32-yard pass from quarterback Kaden Boswell to wide receiver Tyler King and a 10-yard run by Kaleb King. Darian Roberts’ PAT after the second TD made the score 26-13 with 6:50 to go before the half. Vian’s Elijah Crist returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:44 remaining in the

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Central High quarterback Jace Beard runs the ball against Gore last week in a key District A-8 game featuring two Sequoyah County opponents. The Tigers topped the Pirates 18-12 in overtime.

Beard’s touchdown, clutch defense prove key in Central’s 18-12 overtime win over rival Gore BY RYAN SILAPAN SPORTS EDITOR

GORE — Even before the game started the Central High crowd and cheerleaders kept echoing the same sentiment — “Five-and-0 what? Fiveand-0 what? Five-and-0 what?” That was the record of Gore, Central's Sequoyah County and District rival. Behind an inspired and motivated defensive performance and a timely read by senior quarterback Jace Beard the Tigers were able to knock off a previously unbeaten District A-8 foe for the second straight week. Central handed host Gore their first loss of the

season for a 18-12 victory in overtime Friday night at K.G. Horn Stadium. Central (4-3 overall, 3-0 District A-8) previously defeated Savanna who was 4-0 heading into that matchup before the Tigers defeated them as well.” “Our tough non-District schedule is paying off right now,” Central coach Thompson said. “We knew we had a good football team and we're going to keep getting better. I couldn't be any prouder of this bunch. They just keep fighting hard and we just get better everyday and keep pushing forward.” Beard's ability to push forward is what helped secure the victory for the Tigers.

Facing a 4-and-goal from the one-yard line in overtime Beard was able to break a tackle and get into the end zone. Beard wasn't supposed to originally run the ball. Beard admitted that wasn't the actual play call but the senior quarterback saw something in the defense and pulled the ball back and broke a tackle before getting into pay dirt. “It was actually supposed to be a handoff,” Beard said. “But I saw the defensive end came at my running back and he probably wouldn't have made it so I took it.” Gore (5-1, 1-1) now needed to get in the end zone to have a chance to win the game game. With Central stuffing the

Gans’ comeback falls short against Cave Springs BY RYAN SILAPAN SPORTS EDITOR

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Gans’ Drextyn Brown (right) attempts to tacke Cave Springs quarterback Sonny Coiner last Thursday in both team’s District opener.

GANS — Backup running back and senior Alex Nelson rushed for a careerhigh 218 yards and rushed for two touchdowns on 23 carries but the Gans High football team fell to visiting Cave Springs 24-16 Friday night at Grizzlies Field in both teams' District B-8

opener. Nelson who only rushed for 42 yards on six careers in the first half came alive in the second half rushing rushing for 176 yards and two touchdowns and nearly led Gans to their second win of the season. “I was just in the mood and our starting running back was out so I had to step up and do the job,”

Nelson said. “It hurts to lose putting in that much effort.” Nelson was filling in for starter Ruger Collins who missed the game with a shoulder injury. The Grizzlies began the game with back-to-back turnovers on their first two plays on offense but were able to prevent the Hornets from putting up any points.

Cave Springs (3-2 overall, 1-0 District B-8) got on the board at the 2:22 mark in the second quarter on a Gavin Hinton 22-yard touchdown run. The Hornets would score again on the final play of the first half when quarterback Sonny Coiner broke a couple of SEE GANS, PAGE B2


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Sallisaw staggers against Broken Bow BY RYAN SILAPAN SPORTS EDITOR

The Sallisaw High football team was outscored by 21 points in the second half and that ultimately spelled doom for the Black Diamonds as they fell 35-3 to visiting Broken Bow Friday night in a District 4A-4 game at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium. The Black Diamonds went into halftime trailing the Savages 14-3 but couldn't get anything going offensively. “I thought Broken Bow did a heck of a job against us,” Sallisaw coach Scott Bethel said. “We didn't come to play the second half. Too many fumbles don't help you and it hurts your momentum. I thought we played hard on defense but gave up some big plays to them — they are very athletic.” Broken Bow (5-1, 2-1) came into the game losers of five-straight to Sallisaw.

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Sharp’s PAT ended the scoring. Cade Floyd and Logan Nipper were Muldrow’s leading tacklers in the game with 12 total tackles apiece, Noah Vessell recorded six, Toby Sparkman, Jaeden Morgan and Tyren Collins had five each, Sharp registered five, Ramey and Logan Williams followed with three each

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tackles and raced 24 yards to pay dirt. A missed point after attempt gave Cave Springs a 12-0 lead going into the half. “I felt that the effort was there,” Gans coach Nick Gard said. “Right now we are short on guys and few guys that are banged up but I think everything was there. We ran out of gas sometimes but they played their hearts out and did everything we could do.” Gans (1-5, 0-1) came out in the second half like a totally different team as the Grizzlies marched 65 yards on four plays that was capped by a Nelson 19yard touchdown run. Just as Gans' offense stepped out of quicksand, Cave Springs senior running back Anthony Christie came alive. After rushing for just 51 yards on 10 carries in the first half, Christie rushed for 138 yards on only eight

The Savages did the little things right and didn't allow the Black Diamonds to break free for any big plays. “They did a good job,” Bethel said of Broken Bow's defense. “They are very sound in what they did. We didn't execute when we needed to.” Sallisaw junior quarterback Caden Bailey threw for 78 yards on 9-of18 passing and Hunter Williams led the team in rushing with 40 yards on 11 carries. Broken Bow stymied Sallisaw's ground attack as the Savages held the Black Diamonds to only 50 yards rushing on 28 carries. “We got to do a better job rushing the ball,” Bethel said. “It's all there is to it. We have to fix it this week against Poteau.” Juan Castor field goal gave Sallisaw their lone points of the game. Broken Bow will host Stillwell on Friday at 7 p.m.

Brody Nicholson led Sallisaw's defense with 11 tackles while Conner Daffin and Jace Nicholson each had eight tackles and Trenton Jones had seven. Of the Black Diamonds' six games, five have come against state ranked teams this season including three of their last four which have all been District 4A-4 games. That's nothing Sallisaw isn't accustomed to. “That's our league — that's 4A-4 at it's finest,” Bethel said. “It's a very tough schedule. Every team you play you better be ready to play and execute. You better be able to get after them.” Sallisaw (1-5, 1-2) will take on another state ranked team this week when they face Poteau. The Pirates (5-1, 2-1) defeated Stillwell 55-28 at home last Friday. Sallisaw will host rival Poteau at 7 p.m. Friday at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.

and Breckin Allen had two. Two of Sparkman’s tackles were for losses. Vessell had three sacks and Sparkman and Nipper added two apiece. Floyd and Sharp each intercepted a pass. Gleason completed 13 of 21 passes for 195 yards, and on the receiving end of the catches were Sharp (four catches for 32 yards), Ramey (three for 32), Armer (two for 78), Tyler Stevenson (two for 31), Floyd (one for 15) and

Collins (one for 11). Gleason rushed for 87 yards on 17 carries, Nipper had 74 yards on five attempts and Floyd added 65 yards on 13 rushes. Muldrow’s win was the first over the Ironheads since 1991 (33-28). Before last season the two teams only met four times between 1992 and 2015. The Bulldogs will host Heavener on Friday at 7 p.m. while Eufaula will have their bye this upcoming week.

carries in the second half including touchdown runs of 14 and 64 yards. “My teammates getting blocks,” Christie said of his big game. “Tonight was a brand new season we had to show everybody what we were about. They keyed in on me and tried to shut the running game down.” The Grizzlies were able to within a score of tying the game on Nelson' second touchdown run of the game that made it 24-16 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter. “He did a great job,” Gans senior quarterback David Holmes said. “He's usually just a backup running back — get in there and give Ruger a break — but he did excellent I think.” Cave Springs responded with an 11-play drive but Gans was able to prevent them from scoring. Gans was marching right down the field with a 10play drive but after the ninth play, Nelson subbed out and on the following play the Grizzlies turned the ball over ending the

drive. “I think it was our offensive line,” Holmes said. “We couldn't get clicking that's why we couldn't really drive down the field like we could against Oaks. “We fought all the way but sometimes it's like coach said 'Sometimes it's just life telling you it's not going to happen.'” One week after combing for 249 yards of offense — rushing, passing and receiving — Holmes was held to only 36 yards of offense and was sacked six times. In all Gans turned the ball over four times in the loss. “What hurts us is we try to get other people in there to get them a break but it's tough,” Gard said. “When you have backups that are hurt and their backups are in and it's not a good situation to be in. We did the best we could with what we had out there.” Gans will look for their first District win of the year when they visit Porum on Friday at 7 p.m.

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Sallisaw’s Marcus Murray attempts to break free from a Broken Bow defender last Friday in the Black Diamonds’ 35-3 loss to the Savages. Sallisaw fell to 1-5 on the season following the loss

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second quarter before Mendoza added the extra point. Boswell completed a 64-yard touchdown throw to Roberts with 56 seconds to go to close out the firsthalf scoring with Vian in front 33-19. Quarterback River Simon had touchdown runs of 55 and 10 yards in the third quarter for the Wolverines, Vann also had a 10-yard TD run and Mendoza kicked a 29-yard field goal as Vian outscored the Tigers 22-0 and took a 55-19 advantage to the fourth period.

Mendoza kicked the extra point after Simon’s second TD. Gray Cloud ran for a 1-yard touchdown for Vian’s final six-pointer and Mendoza added the PAT with 6:50 left. Wewoka’s Kaleb King rushed for a 30-yard touchdown before Roberts’ extra point ended the scoring with 46 seconds remaining. Trailing Vann in rushing for Vian were Simon (12 carries for 156 yards), Cloud (five for 59) and Javyn Wright (three for 19). Kaleb King led the Tigers’ runners with nine carries for 46 yards. Simon was 0 for 3 in the

passing department and Boswell completed 10 of 19 passes for 203 yards with Roberts catching eight throws for 201 yards. Simon and Whitt Fletcher were Vian’s leading tacklers with eight and seven total tackles, respectively, Cato and Mendoza followed with five apiece, Nick Hughes and Dil’n Murchison had four each and Gunnar Griffith and Vann recorded three apiece. Cato also had three sacks and Will Lyons registered one. Hayden Parsons intercepted two passes and Crist picked off one throw and Mendoza recovered a fumble for the Wolverines.

Several county locals to take part in the Cowboys Regional Rodeo Finals TIMES STAFF REPORT

The Cowboys Regional Rodeo Finals will be taking place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Harper Stadium in Fort Smith, Ark. The members travel to around 100 rodeos a year in order to be invited to the Rodeo Finals. Only the top 15 money winners in each of the eight rodeo events have qualified for the finals. The events being held are bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, bull riding, ranch bronco riding, team roping, tie down calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and breakaway roping. The championship events

in these events will take place on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. The local contestants competing are Destry Graham and Eric Flurry of Sallisaw who will compete in team roping. Jeffery Adas (Vian) ranch bronco riding, Dillion Holder (Vian) calf ropoing, Casey Stone (Sallisaw) steer wrestling and Ty Lane (Gans) ranch bronco riding will be the participants from Sequoyah County. Along with the county participants there will be many other cowboys and cowgirls from several other states competing including Texas and Missouri along with the ones from Arkansas and Oklahoma.

An added attraction to this year’s events will be the Young Guns Border Feud and Showcase Showdown. The events the participants will compete in will be junior barrell racing, bareback riding and bull riding. Bullfighters and contract acts will also perform and compete for the championship. Tickets for this event will be $5 and begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. Ticket prices for the three nights of the Regional Rodeo Finals are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The start times for Thursday and Friday will both be 7 p.m.

SALLISAW BLACK DIAMONDS Opponent: Poteau Pirates When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Perry F. Lattimore Stadium Records: Sallisaw 1-5; Poteau 5-1 Last meeting: 2016 – Sallisaw 43, Poteau 29 Last week: Broken Bow 35, Sallisaw 3; Poteau 55, Stilwell 28 Noteworthy:

MULDROW BULLDOGS Opponent: Heavener Wolves When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Aubrey J. Henshaw Bulldog Stadium Records: Muldrow 4-3; Heavener 0-6 Last meeting: 2016 — Muldrow 20, Heavener 0 Last week: Muldrow 28, Eufaula 7; Roland 45, Heavener 7 Noteworthy:

ROLAND RANGERS Opponent: idle When: Where: Records: Last meeting: 2016 — Last week: Noteworthy:

VIAN WOLVERINES Opponent: Haskell Haymakers When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: St. John Stadium Records: Vian 5-2, Haskell 4-3 Last meeting: 2016 – Vian 38, Haskell 0 Last week: Vian 62, Wewoka 26; Okemah 46, Haskell 22 Noteworthy:

GORE PIRATES Opponent: Talihina Golden Eagles When: Friday 7 p.m. Where: Doc Robinson Stadium Records: Gore 5-1; Talihina 5-1 Last meeting: 2016 — Talihina 60, Gore 25 Last week: Central 18, Gore 12 (overtime); Talihina 15, Quinton 0 Noteworthy: Talihina won by forfeit last week

CENTRAL TIGERS Opponent: Pocola Indians When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: John Carter Field Records: Central 4-3, Pocola 1-5 Last meeting: 2016 — Pocola 40, Central 26 Last week: Central 18, Gore 12 (overtime); Warner 44, Pocola 36 Noteworthy:

GANS GRIZZLIES Opponent: Porum Panthers When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Porum High Records: Gans 1-5; Porum 2-4 Last meeting: 2016 – Gans 46, Porum 24 Last week: Cave Springs 24, Gans 16; Keota 46, Porum 0 Noteworthy:

WEBBERS FALLS WARRIORS Opponent: Thackerville Wildcats When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Thackerville High Records: Webbers Falls 1-5, 3-3 Last meeting: 2016 – Webbers Falls 28, Thackerville 18 Last week: Webbers Falls 66, Bokoshe 20; Midway 50, Thackerville 0 Noteworthy:


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Central High running back Bryce Edwards runs for positive yardage against Gore in last Friday’s District A-8 game. Edwards rushed for 62 yards on 22 carries.

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making us throw a little bit. Our quarterback when he gets time can throw and he's one of the better ones I've ever coached.” Brown couldn't muster one last scoring drive in overtime as all three of the seniors pass attempts went incomplete including the final play of the game when Central defensive back Korrdell Jiles was able to break up the pass attempt and secure the game. “I saw the ball coming in and wanted to pick it,” Jiles said. “But I was like all we had to do was get it down and make sure they don't score.” The Tigers made it a mission to slow down the ground attack of the Pirates and were extremely successful. Central held Gore to only 62 yards rushing on 38 carries. Tommy Smith who came into the game with over 700 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns was held to only 44 yards on 13 carries. “The defense did pretty good,” Central two-way lineman Canyon Deem said. “We played hard and physical. They are a running team and in practice we just practiced that running game.” Deem said the Tigers

came into the game with some added motivation taking on an undefeated District team for the second straight week. “We played with a chip on our shoulder the whole time,” said Deem who had a sack and fumble recovery in the game. “We were ready to bust some butts.” Central led Gore 12-0 going into halftime. Beard connected with Tanner Loggains for a 22yard touchdown and with Hayden Caughman on a 42-yard score that gave the Tigers a 12-0 lead with 1:44 left in the first half. Beard threw for 124 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 8-of-14 passing. Beard also ran for 61 yards on 13 carries including the game-winning score. Caughman led Central with 60 yards receiving on three catches and Bryce Edwards rushed for 62 yards on 22 carries. “To execute when it's time to execute is a huge deal,” Thompson said. “That right there is stuff the kids perform and it's awesome.” Central will visit Pocola (1-5, 0-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. before the Tigers head into their bye week. For a team that went 1-8 last year, Central only continues to improve as the season goes along.

“It's about proving a point to everybody,” Beard said. “About showing our District that we are back and that last year was just a warm up for our new team because we have a bunch of new players that came back and were a heck of a team this year.” Kanton Washington led the Pirates with 53 yards receiving on a pair of catches while Bayley Scoggins added 33 yards receiving on four catches including a touchdown and Coburn had three catches for 36 yards including game-tying touchdown reception before the end of regulation. Gore was looking to head into their matchup against the reigning fivetime champion Talihina (5-1, 2-0) with a ton of momentum but will need to regroup in a hurry. “We got to get more consistent in what we're doing,” Tyler said. “I'm proud of these kids. 12-0 at halftime they could've folded it up and they came out in the second half hard and tied it up. “We had the momentum there and I thought we had a chance to win the football game. A few breaks here or there. Hats off to Jeremy he has kids ready, they played a great ball game tonight.” Talihina will host Gore on Friday at 7 p.m.

that.” The Wolves received the game’s opening kickoff and recorded a first down when quarterback Ross McGee ran 8 yards to the Heavener 42. Four plays later Roland defensive back L.J. Williams intercepted a pass at the Rangers’ 48, and after a Roland holding penalty wide receiver Jaxon Wells raced 62 yards for a touchdown after catching a short pass in the flat from quarterback Elijah Dalton. The Rangers led 7-0 with 8:28 remaining in the first period after Dalton kicked the extra point. Roland started its second offensive series of the quarter from its 42 following the Wolves’ second punt. A 25-yard reception by Wells and a 24yard run by Jacob Cantrell set up the Rangers’ second touchdown, a 7-yard run by Williams with no time showing on the clock. Williams threw to wide receiver Julius Plummer for the conversion and the Rangers led 15-0. With 5:11 to go before the half, Roland running

back Javonte Youngblood crossed the goal line after a 21-yard rush to make the score 21-0. Almost three minutes later the Rangers ended the first-half scoring when Dalton completed a 15yard touchdown pass to Plummer and Roland led 27-0 at the half. The Rangers recovered an onside kick at their 37 to start the second half. Roland’s offense ran 10 plays to move to the Heavener 16 before Youngblood ran for a touchdown and a 33-0 advantage with 6:25 left in the third stanza. Key plays in the scoring drive were a 17-yard rush by Youngblood, an 18-yard pass from Dalton to tight end Logan Wolfe and a 17yard run by running back Israel Clark on an option play. Youngblood’s 21-yard run on Roland’s second offensive series of the quarter helped set up a 25-yard touchdown run by Clark with three minutes remaining to widen the lead to 39-0. Heavener’s Jack Duschel returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and Noe

Alvarado’s point-after kick made the score 39-7. Roland running back Colton Howard rushed for a 5-yard touchdown with 4:22 to go in the game to finish the scoring, and a key play in the scoring drive was an 18-yard run by quarterback Cole Davis. Dalton completed 7 of 9 passes for 163 yards in the game and Davis was 2 of 2 for 25 yards. Wolfe had three receptions for 55 yards, Wells (87 yards) and Plummer (21) each caught two passes and Kaleb McDonald (18) and Colyn Tuck (7) had one reception apiece. McGee completed 1 of 2 passes for 0 yards and Duschel had the reception. Youngblood was the game’s leading rusher with 80 yards on nine carries and also in double figures for Roland were Clark (six runs for 50 yards), Cantrell (two for 26), Davis (three for 20), Williams (four for 17) and Howard (five for 13). McGee led Heavener in rushing with only 20 yards on 13 carries and Connor Place added 14 yards on 19 attempts in the loss for the Wolves.

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Roland running back L.J. Williams breaks free for positive yardage against Heavener last Friday on homecoming for the Rangers.

Vian softball team named 3A Academic State chammpions

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The Vian High softball team was named the Class 3A Academic State Champion for softball last week by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The Lady Wolverines received their championship trophy on Saturday during the Class 3A State Softball Tournament at the Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City. “They give a state championship to the team with the best GPA (grade point average), and for 3A (softball) we are the academic state champions with a 3.93 (GPA),” Vian coach Albis Ramos said.

“A lot of times you actually preach to your players that you’ve got to be good students in the classroom and you’ve got to excel in the classroom and be the best you can in the classroom because if you don’t pass your classes you can’t play. You actually admire it when you have a group of individuals, in this situation our fastpitch team here at Vian, and they are not only good ballplayers in the field, which shows in their record (29-6), but also they are great students in the classroom. That speaks loudly about not only the individuals but about the school and the staff. We want our kids to be the best they can in the classroom

so that speaks highly about our kids that play whatever sport it is, and in this situation it’s fastpitch.” Members of the team are (seniors) Shandria Jackson, Chloe Clifton, Tajon Moses, (juniors) Mylie Hughes, Magen Eckhardt, Kaycee Haning, Alyssa Hale, Jordan Troutman, (sophomores) Caelie Ellis, Faith Fullbright, (freshmen) Kacie Gibbons, Hanna Ellis, Lauren Millard and Ashley Pirrie. Landon Decker is Ramos’ assistant coach and Vic Harris also assists. In addition to their 29-6 record this season, the Lady Wolverines were ranked No. 4 in Class 3A and hosted a softball regional for the first time.

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Gore quarterback Wesley Brown runs for positive yardage as Central’s Canyon Deem gives chase in last Friday night’s football game. Central defeated previously unbeaten Gore 18-12 in overtime.

Webbers Falls gets first win of the season BY RYAN SILAPAN SPORTS EDITOR

WEBBERS FALLS — Much like last season, the Bokoshe High football team was just what Webbers Falls needed to get back in the win column. Last season Webbers Falls came into their District C-4 game winless and this year was the same story. And just like last year Webbers Falls came out on top as the Warriors defeated visiting Bokoshe 66-20 Friday night for their first win of the season at Smokey Cox Field. “When you're winless any win is a good win,” Webbers Falls coach Trent Holt. “We didn't care we

just needed to win and we played better.” Webbers Falls (1-5 overall, 1-2 District C-4) scored more points in their first win of the season than they did in their five games this season combined. Warriors quarterback Austin Maxwell completed 7 of his 10 pass attempts for 200 yards on offense and had a pick-six on defense. Tommy Coppin had seven carries for 180 yards and two two touchdowns and a pick-six on defense. Wesley Coatney had a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Bokoshe (1-4, 0-3) was leading 20-14 midway through the second quarter before Webbers Falls broke

the game open. Holt said Bokoshe put of a fight. “Bokoshe wasn't up to the level of competition that we've played the previous five,” Holt said. “But they are better than they have been in the past and they do some stuff right.” Webbers Falls will look to make it two-in-a-row when they visit Thackerville on Friday at 7 p.m. The Warriors bested Thackerville 28-18 last year in Webbers Falls. Thackerville (2-2, 0-2) is coming off a 50-0 blowout loss at Midway last week. Following last season’s win over Bokoshe, the Warriors won four-straight to reach the playoffs.

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