Sequoyah County Times Wednesday November 1, 2017
Bulldogs take down Rangers 42-19 BY LEA LESSLEY SPECIAL TO YOUR TIMES
ROLAND — The Muldrow High football team secured its second straight trip to the postseason on Friday night at Ranger Field as the Bulldogs defeated archrival Roland 42-19 in a District 3A-8 game.
Muldrow improved to 3-1 in District 3A-8 play and 6-3 overall with its third-straight win, and the Bulldogs will finish second in the district and host a first-round playoff game on Nov. 10 with a victory at Stigler on Friday. The loss eliminated
Roland (1-3 and 2-6) from playoff contention and the Rangers will close their season at home on Friday against Eufaula. “It was a big win,” Muldrow head coach Terry Jones said. “We started off real slow. Our starters hadn’t played since the
first quarter against Heavener and it was like they really had two weeks off. We started slow but we got better. We came out in the second half and kind of had our way a little bit and the kids played good.” SEE MULDROW, PAGE B3
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Roland’s Jacob Cantrell attempts to tackle Muldrow quarterback Braden Gleason. Muldrow bested Roland 42-19 last Friday.
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Central’s Jackson Brewer runs the ball for Tigers against Talihina in last Friday’s game. Central got shutout 36-0 against powerhouse Talihina who has won five-straight District A-8 titles.
Central gets shutout by powerhouse Talihina BY RYAN SILAPAN SPORTS EDITOR
For a team that won just one game last season, the mere fact the Central High football team was able to play for the District A-8 title one year later was an accomplishment in its own right. The Tigers — who played a brutal non-District schedule to get ready for District play — admitted they ran into a different beast in the reigning fourtime champion Talihina. “They are the best the football team we have faced even without our non-District,” Central coach Jeremy Thompson said. “They are good in all phases.” Talhina captured their fifth-straight District A-8 title and did so empathically by shutting out host Central 36-0 Friday night at Tigers Stadium in a matchup where the A-8 title on the line. “We did a lot of good things offensively but weren't able to capitalize and put some points on the board,” Thompson said. “Early on we stopped what they did best but as the game went on they are a very big and physical football team and wore us down.” Thompson said this was
the biggest Talihina team Central has faced in the last 10 years. Talihina (8-1 overall, 5-0 A-8) who has now won 31-straight A-8 games dating back to 2012, led 14-0 going into halftime. Central (5-4, 4-1) came into the game off their bye week and felt they could at the very least give the Golden Tigers a run for their money. “We had a good game plan and executed it most of the game,” “Their run game hurt us. “Felt that we played hard. They had a big offensive line and did a good job at what they did.” The Tigers have no moved on and will now get ready for their regular season finale when they host Warner on Friday at 7 p.m. on senior night. Warner (1-8, 1-4) is riding a three-game losing streak. As soon as the final whistle blew it was all about getting ready for Warner and the upcoming District A playoffs. “Talihina is a really good football team and we gave it great effort,” Thompson said. “As soon as the game was over I told the guys it's time to move on and go forward and we're moving onto Warner.” The Tigers have secured the No. 2 seed in A8 and will host their first round playoff game.
Grizzlies fall short in shootout with Arkoma BY RYAN SILAPAN SPORTS EDITOR
ARKOMA — It was a seesaw battle between the Gans and Arokoma High football teams last Friday in their District B-8 game. Unfortunately for the visiting Grizzlies they came up just short on their end of the stick as Arkoma held off a late Gans rally to win the shootout 42-36. “I thought we played really well,” Gans coach Nick Gard said. “We came out and were able to move the ball. We had some plays go in our favor but had some costly turnovers and they hurt us pretty good.” Gans (2-7 overall, 1-3 B-8) had its most balanced offensive game of the season. Senior quarterback David Holmes threw for 145 yards on 9-of-12 passing
including a touchdown and an interception. Holmes also rushed for 71 yards on 12 carries. In all the Grizzlies rushed for 273 yards on 34 carries. Alex Nelson rushed for a team-high 116 yards and a touchdown and Ruger Collins rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries also with a touchdown. “It was a very winnable game and I hope it gave the boys some confidence,” Gard said. “I thought they played hard and showed a lot of heart on Friday.” Arkoma led Gans 24-16 going into halftime. Arkoma (6-3, 3-1) had a balanced attack on offense. Senior quarterback Isaiah Cobbe threw for 146 yards on 9-of-12 passing including a touchdown and also SEE GANS, PAGE B3
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Vian High running back Bodhi Vann runs the ball against Okemah in last Friday’s game for the District 2A-5 title. Vann rushed for a gamehigh 179 yards on 28 carries including three touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 26-12 over the Panthers.
Wolverines capture their third-straight District 2A-5 title and fifth this decade BY RYAN SILAPAN SPORTS EDITOR
VIAN — Ever since Bodhi Vann has been on the Vian High football team he's only known one thing. “Vian wins District championships,” Vian coach Gary Willis said. That statement held true to form again Friday night as Vann led the Wolverines with 179 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 28 carries as Vian secured their third-straight District 2A title defeating visiting Okemah 26-12 Friday night at St. John Stadium. “It was a good team victory,” Vann said. “We played really hard. Since my freshmen year we've won District — it's basically a given. We're feeling good right now, we just need to beat Henryetta this week.” Vian (7-2 overall, 4-0 2A5) will visit Henryetta (18, 1-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Wolverines' regular season finale. Willis credited Vann's
heart more than anything. Vann — a 5-foot-8 160-pound running back/ safety — gives everything he has on every play he's on the field. “Bodhi is just a tough running back,” Willis said. “He's not the biggest kid in the world but the biggest thing about him is heart and he gets after it.” Okemah (6-3, 3-1) gave Vian all they could handle in the first half as the Wolverines led 5-0 after one and 20-0 going into the break. The Wolverines' defense was stingy in the first half holding the Panthers to only 63 yards of total offense. “Defensively we were really sound,” Willis said. “They scored 71 points in their last game and regardless who you play scoring 71 is a powerful offense. “Offensively we made plays when we had to. It got a little sloppy in the second half and we need
to finish stronger than that but when you're playing the other top team in the District we'll take it.” Okemah made it 20-6 with 1:21 left in the third quarter on a Landon Benes four-yard touchdown run. Vian didn't get any points on their ensuing 10play drive but took some valuable time off the clock. Wolverines senior defensive back Hayden Parson ended the Panthers' next possession just as quickly as it started as Parson intercepted Okemah's CD Harjo's pass attempt on their first offensive play. “It was a good read, it felt good,” Parson said of his interception. “The quarterback kind of threw it up, it was a jump ball.” The Wolverines took advantage of the turnover and iced the game taking over possession after with an eight-play 50-yard drive that was capped by a Vann one-yard touchdown run that made it 26-6 with 5:05
left in the game. “We played a little sluggish in the third,” Vann said. “But then we picked it up really hard around the fourth. A good team victory.” Okemah scored on their next offensive possession on a Benes seven-yard touchdown run to make it 26-12 with 2:36 left but were unsuccessful on their onside kick attempt. Along with Vann, Vian junior quarterback/ linebacker River Simon has been apart of threestraight District 2A championship teams and continued success isn't anything new. “Tradition never graduates,” said Simon who rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries. “We just went out there and took care of business. It's what we needed to do and we did it.” Simon only threw the ball three times in the game all SEE VIAN, PAGE B2
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Pirates make easy work of Warner
BY LEA LESSLEY SPECIAL TO YOUR TIMES
WARNER — The Gore High football team snapped a three-game losing streak to Warner and moved a step closer to clinching District A-8’s third playoff spot on Friday night inside Eagle Stadium as Gore easily dispatched of host Warner 39-7. Gore (3-2 in the district and 7-2 overall) had not beaten Warner (1-4 and 1-8) since 2011 (47-14) and the teams did not play the following two seasons. The Pirates host Quinton (1-4 and 1-7) in their regular-season finale on Friday inside K.G. Horn Stadium, and a win over the Savages would give Gore third place in the district and their first playoff appearance since 2012. Gore surpassed its win
total (five) of the past four seasons combined on Oct. 19 with a victory over Savanna. “It was a great win,” first-year Gore head coach Brandon Tyler said. “Last year I think they beat Gore 60-38 and it was a big turn around there. I was proud for the kids and our senior class. It was the first time they’d beaten Warner in a long time. We played well on both sides of the ball again. We’re just starting to gel at the right time it seems like up front on the offensive line (center Cody Springer, guards Hunter Farless and Summit Murray, tackles Parker Curran and Justin Briley and tight end Bryan Lane). Tommy (Smith) is starting to get back in his groove again that he had at the first of the year after overcoming an ankle
injury. He looked really good Friday night and you could see that he was able to cut and was doing a lot of good things. “I thought we did a great job. Wes (Brown) threw the ball well when we had to throw and Tommy had a big night rushing with over 200 yards again. “Defensively we played well again. Those guys are playing well and our firstteam defense shut them out. Our first-team defense played well against the flex bone the last two weeks. We’re playing pretty well defensively as well. We’ve just got to continue to get better this week against Quinton.” Gore’s offense scored on all four of its possessions in the first half. Quarterback Wesley Brown, who completed
his first six passes of the game, completed a 12yard touchdown throw to Cordell Coburn to open the Gore scoring almost midway through the first quarter before Bryan Lane kicked the extra point. An interception by Bayley Scoggins early in the game had given the Pirates’ offense the ball. Warner threatened to tie the score on its next offensive series. A 19-yard pass from Nathan Ohl to Ryan Blanchet on a fake punt flea flicker and a 32yard completion from Jack Vandaley to Blanchet took the Eagles to the Gore 1, but Tommy Smith recovered a fumble at the 10 to end the scoring threat. An 8-yard touchdown run by Smith with 7:14 left in the second quarter capped off a 90-yard
scoring drive, and Lane’s PAT gave the Pirates a 14-0 advantage. Lane returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown almost two minutes later, and Smith’s 17-yard TD run with 2:11 left ended the first-half scoring and gave the Pirates a 26-0 lead at the half. Smith, who rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns in the contest, added his final two TDs in the third (7:02) and fourth (11:50) stanzas on runs of 5 and 14 yards, and Lane added the extra point after the final six-pointer to make the score 39-0. Warner’s Haiden Peters scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left in the final quarter, and Gage McLean kicked the extra point.
Wryan Daniels had 32 yards rushing in the drive. Gore’s top tacklers in the game were linebacker Bo Shepard (11 total tackles), linebacker Bryan Lane and defensive end Billy Kauffman (9 each), free safety Cordell Coburn and defensive tackle Lance Leaf (8 each) and defensive tackle Justin Briley, linebacker Tommy Smith and defensive end Damien Dover (7 each). Brown completed 6 of 7 passes for 59 yards, Coburn caught two passes for 39 yards and Smith rushed for 217 yards on 22 carries. Vandaley was 5 of 10 for 49 yards, Blanchet had two receptions for 48 yards and Daniels (10 carries for 32 yards) and Peters (8 for 24) were Warner’s leading rushers.
Fort Gibson shuts out Sallisaw on senior night BY RYAN SILAPAN SPORTS EDITOR
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Vian quarterback River Simon attempts to break free of a tackle in last Friday’s District 2A-5 championship game against Okemah. Simon rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries in the game.
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were incomplete including an interception but with Vian’s vaunted ground attack it didn’t matter. The Wolverines won the turnover battle 5-2 in the game. Javyn Wright also recorded an interception while Gray Cloud, Vann each had fumble recoveries on defense for the Wolverines. Parson led Vian with nine tackles while Simon and Kade Cato each had seven. Whitt Fletcher and William Lyons each had
six tackles with Lyons recording the lone sack of the game. Harjo led Okemah with 94 yards rushing on 11 carries while Benes had 79 rushing yards on 13 carries. Vian praised Okemah for battling until the final horn sounded. “They are a good team and we knew coming in that we had to play four quarters to win,” Parsons said. “They did a really good job fighting to stay in the game in the second half.” With Friday night's win, Vian has won five District titles since 2010. The Wolverines will have a ton of talent returning
next year so continuing this streak of District titles has become the normal at Vian. With Simon, Vann and a very talented supporting cast the Wolverines plan to keep their 2A-5 dominance going for quite sometime. “Vian wins District championships,” Willis said. “We challenged them and this group didn't want to be anything different. I'm proud of them.” By virtue of winning the District championship the Wolverines will be guaranteed at least two home playoff games in the upcoming playoffs starting in less than two weeks.
The Sallisaw High football team gave valiant effort but Carter Lawson and Fort Gibson proved too much for the Black Diamonds who were celebrating their senior night. Lawson ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries as visiting Fort Gibson shut out Sallisaw 30-0 Friday night in a District 4A-4 game at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium. “Hard fought game, just didn't come out on top,” Sallisaw coach Scott Bethel said. Bethel said he saw some good game within the game things go on against Fort Gibson. Namely star offensive tackle Jason Bartel enforcing his will. The 6-foot-7 305-pound left tackle was dominant. “Jason Bartel has been starting to get healthy — he was banged up early in the year — now he's starting to dominate games,” Bethel said. “ I saw him drive his guy into the ground and kid got up and took a swing at him. You can tell he's feeling a lot better because
he's starting to dominate players.” Sophomore running back Jesse Rudd rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries while Tigers quarterback Chandler Ladd threw for 146 yards while completing 10 of his 14 attempts. Ladd — a three-year starting quarterback — has grown a whole lot in the three years Sallisaw has competed against him. Bethel said he sees a lot of current sophomore quarterback Jace Nicholson in Ladd. “Ladd couldn't handle it as a sophomore but now he can handle it as a senior,” he said. “He's very poised, threw the ball well and when there was pressure he knew when to throw the ball away. Their offense is pretty good.” Fort Gibson (6-3 overall, 5-1 4A-4) will host Broken Bow on Friday at 7 p.m. Nicholson threw for 85 yards while completing 10 of his 20 pass attempts and rushed for 32 yards on 11 carries. The sophomore, who was making only his second career start at quarterback,
will get more comfortable as time goes along. “The game slows down as you get older,” Bethel said. “He's going to learn and make mistakes but everyone else has to help him out too. Everyone has to perform at a high level not just him.” Hunter Williams led Sallisaw with 54 yards rushing on 11 carries. Aubrey Henshaw led the Black Diamonds in receiving with 65 yards on five catches. Defensively Brody Nicholson led Sallisaw with 14 tackles, Jacob Brown had eight tackles and Cody Dill seven and Marcus Murray had a fumble recovery. Sallisaw (1-8, 1-5) will look to go out on high note and snap a four game losing streak to end the season when they travel to Tulsa for a date with Metro Christian on Friday at 7 p.m. Metro Christian (3-6, 2-4) is coming off a 48-0 blowout victory over winless Rogers of Tulsa. Last season the Patriots defeated the Black Diamonds 53-48 in a shootout in Sallisaw.
SALLISAW BLACK DIAMONDS Opponent: Metro Christian Patriots When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Metro Christian School Records: Sallisaw 1-8; Metro Christian 3-6 Last meeting: 2016 – Metro Christian 53, Sallisaw 48 Last week: Fort Gibson 30, Sallisaw 0; Metro Christian 48, Rogers-Tulsa 0 Noteworthy:
MULDROW BULLDOGS Opponent: Stigler Panthers When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Stiger High Records: Muldrow 6-3, Stigler 7-2 Last meeting: 2016 — Muldrow 49, Stigler 36 Last week: Muldrow 42, Roland 19; Stigler 55, Heavener 0 Noteworthy: Muldrow can get a No. 2 seed in the 3A playoffs with a win
ROLAND RANGERS Opponent: Eufaula Ironheads When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Ranger Stadium Records: Roland 2-6, Eufaula 6-3 Last meeting: 2016 — Eufaula 34, Roland 14 Last week: Muldrow 42, Roland 19; Eufaula 42, Idabel 28 Noteworthy:
VIAN WOLVERINES Opponent: Henryetta Knights When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Henryetta High Records: Vian 7-2, Henryetta 1-8 Last meeting: 2016 – Vian 53, Henryetta 27 Last week: Vian 26, Okemah 12; Wewoka 52, Henryetta 42 Noteworthy:
GORE PIRATES Opponent: Quinton Savages When: 7 p.m, Friday Where: K.G. Horn Stadium Records: Gore 7-2; Quinton 1-7 Last meeting: 2016 — Quinton 34, Gore 6 Last week: Gore 39, Warner 7; Pocola 46, Quinton 8 Noteworthy:
CENTRAL TIGERS Opponent: Warner Eagles When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Tiger Stadium Records: Central 5-4, Warner 1-7 Last meeting: 2016 — Central 53, Warner 52 Last week: Talihina 36, Central 0; Gore 39, Warner 7 Noteworthy:
GANS GRIZZLIES Opponent: Watts Engineers When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Watts High Records: Gans 2-7; Watts 4-5 Last meeting: 2016 – Gans 34, Watts 28 Last week: Aroka 42, Gans 36; Keota 54, Watts 8 Noteworthy: Winner gets the fourth and final playoff spot in District B-8
WEBBERS FALLS WARRIORS Opponent: Sasakwa Vikings When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Sasakwa High Records: Webbers Falls 2-7; Bowlegs 3-6 Last meeting: 2016 – Webbers Falls 26, Sasakwa 6 Last week: Webbers Falls 58, Bowlegs 6; Paoli 48, Sasakwa 0 Noteworthy:
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Tommy Coppin did it all for the Webbers Falls High football team. The senior rushed for 108 yards on eight carries including three touchdowns, ran back a 70-yard kickoff and also caught a touchdown pass
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rushed for 81 yards on 17 carries including a pair of rushing touchdowns. Kobe Ragsdale rushed for a game-high 159 yards on 26 carries including a pair of touchdowns and Mykiah Oosahwe rushed for 78 yards on 10 carries including a score. “It was back and forth and one of my favorite games this year even though we lost,” Gard said. “We ran hard and the offensive line did a good job and defensively I felt we were doing a lot better up front and were doing what we were supposed to.” Arkoma went into the fourth leading Gans 36-
as visiting Webbers Falls mercy ruled host Bowlegs 58-6 in a District C-4 game Friday night. “He was the by far the best athlete on the field,” Webbers Falls coach Trent Holt said of Coppin. “He's a really good athlete, pretty quick and fast. If we had more to go with him this
year he could've had a really good year.” Austin Maxwell threw a touchdown pass for the Warriors and Drew Peuehouse had a four-yard touchdown run. In all Webbers Falls out gained Bowlegs 232 to 73. Most of the Warriors didn't commit a single
turnover for the first time all season. “We didn't turn the ball over,” Holt said. “That helps tremendously when you don't turn it over. We tackled well and played decent defense.” Webbers Falls (2-7, 2-4 C-4) held Bowlegs (1-8, 1-5) to negative two yards
30 and the Grizzlies just couldn't get that one key stop on defense or make that one play that would've tied the game. “We were able to keep moving ball and they got some stops on defense,” Gard said. “It was a really exciting game and it could've gone either way. I wanted that one pretty bad. I know they boys wanted it bad too and it was a tough game.” Drextyn Brown had a 41yard touchdown reception for Gans while Kieth Renfrow led the Grizzlies with 52 yards receiving on two catches and Dalton Forslund had 36 yards receiving on two catches including a touchdown reception. Defensively Holmes
led the Grizzlies with 14 tackles, Morgan Bradley and Brown each had 11 while Collins and Nelson each had nine. “We had plenty of opportunities to secure the game for us,” Gard said. “Just the little things we shot ourselves in the foot with. It happened and we had opportunities and so did Arkoma they just came out on top.” Gans will wrap up their regular season on Friday when they visit Watts. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. The fourth and final District B-8 playoff spot will be on the line in that game. Watts got blown out at District champion Keota 54-8 last Friday.
Roland High running back Javonte Youngblood runs for positive yardage while Muldrow’s Brecken Allen (11) gives chase. Muldrow defeated their archrival Roland 42-19 Friday night at Ranger Stadium.
passing. “We played a lot better defense — it was the best defensive game we've played this year,” Holt said. “Our two linebackers Chris Garrett and Wesley Coatney played pretty well.” The Warriors will look to wrap up their season on a high note when they visit
Sasakwa on Friday at 7 p.m. “We hope to play pretty good again this week,” Holt said. “If we could win Friday night we'll have a winning streak and that's something to build for next year.” The Warriors defeated Sasakwa 26-6 last season in Webbers Falls.
Stevenson (9 yards) and Armer (15) took the Bulldogs to the Roland 2, and after a holding penalty Armer made a difficult catch at the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown with 1:24 to go before for the half. Gleason threw to Toby Sparkman for the conversion and a 22-6 lead. The Rangers started their final offensive series of the half from their 39, and receptions by Williams (12 yards), Wells (7) and Plummer (32) moved Roland to the Muldrow 20. On second down Dalton completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Cantrell with 14.3 seconds to go before the half. The conversion pass fell incomplete and Muldrow led 22-12 at the intermission. The Bulldogs started the second half with a 7-yard reception, and on the next play Gleason raced 57 yards for a touchdown. Sharp’s PAT was good and Muldrow led 29-12 with 11:17 remaining. After a Roland punt, the Bulldogs added to their advantage when Gleason ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 6:57 left, and key plays in the scoring drive were two receptions by Stevenson (15 and 21 yards) and runs of 8 and 9 yards by Floyd. Following an exchange of punts, Muldrow’s Tyren Collins intercepted a pass at the Bulldog 15. After an 11-yard catch by Stevenson on second down, Floyd ran 32 yards after catching a screen pass, Armer caught a 14-yard throw from Gleason and Nipper rushed for 13 and 2 yards to end the period with Muldrow at the 18. An 11-yard pass to Sharp took the Bulldogs to the 3, and on the next play Gleason crossed the goal line for his third rushing touchdown of the half. Muldrow elected to go for two after an offsides penalty but Roland’s defense kept Floyd out of the end zone and the score remained 42-12 with 10:52 left in the game. On their final offensive possession of the game, the Rangers converted on third down when Youngblood ran 21 yards to the Roland 49. Four plays later Williams raced 28 yards for a first down at the 15, and on third down from the 10, Wells scored the final touchdown of the game with 16.3 seconds to go before Dalton kicked the extra point.
For the game, Gleason completed 20 of 27 passes for 293 yards and Muldrow’s top receivers were Stevenson (7 catches for 94 yards), Floyd (3 for 84), Ramey (3 for 56), Armer (4 for 50) and Sharp (3 for 19). Dalton was 12 of 24 for 139 yards and Roland’s leading receivers were Wolfe (4 catches for 36 yards), Cantrell (3 for 28), Plummer (1 for 28), Youngblood (2 for 17) and Wells (2 for 15). Gleason led all rushes with 81 yards on 13 carries, Floyd had 38 yards on 13 attempts and Nipper added 26 yards on five runs. Youngblood ran the ball 11 times for 74 yards, Cantrell’s four carried netted 43 yards and Williams had 39 yards on seven attempts. “In the first half we came out and really showed a lot of improvement in the run game,” Roland head coach Jeff Streun said. “We put a lot of emphasis on blocking and having five seconds of explosion on all of our drills last week, and I really thought the kids carried over the things that we emphasized in practice. We had two negatives all the way up into the third period in the run game and that was two bad snaps. Other than that I really thought that at times we executed better than we have all year but we were still inconsistent at times. “We really had a hard time defensively. I didn’t think we tackled very well but we had a chance there in the first half. We go in 10 down (at the half) and we had kind of slowed them down at times and done well enough to be in the football game but probably the biggest negative for us this year is we haven’t been a great second-half performer. They came out in the second half and (Braden) Gleason breaks a big, long one on the option play and I just felt like we got down on ourselves and we go through that whole lull where we’re not pushing like we were in the first half. We weren’t playing emotionally in a big rival game and I was real disappointed about that. “I always try to find some positive things in every game and it seems to me we’re just a few plays away from being extremely good but we’ve got to learn to play four quarters and we didn’t do that again this week.”
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Roland received the opening kickoff and recorded two first downs on a 7-yard run by L.J. Williams and an 8-yard pass from quarterback Elijah Dalton to Jaxon Wells. An errant center snap on the next play resulted in a 14yard loss and on fourth down Dalton punted 31 yards to the Muldrow 17. Following the punt, a 7-yard run on third down by quarterback Braden Gleason gave the Bulldogs a first down at the 29, and completions to Caleb Armer (10 yards) and Tyler Stevenson (28) took Muldrow to the Roland 30. On fourth down from the 29, Gleason completed a touchdown pass to Gage Ramey, and the Bulldogs led 7-0 with 2:57 to go in the first period after Jarrett Sharp kicked the extra point. After a short kickoff to the Roland 42, the Rangers drove to the Muldrow 14 on runs by Javonte Youngblood (two carries for 19 yards) and Jacob Cantrell (two for 34) before Dalton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Logan Wolfe with 1:01 to go in the first. Muldrow’s defense stopped Youngblood short of the goal line on the conversion attempt and the Bulldogs maintained their 7-6 advantage. A 50-yard reception by Cade Floyd took Muldrow to the Roland 13 near the end of the first quarter, and after Gleason scrambled 6 yards to the 2 early in the second stanza, Floyd found the end zone after a 2-yard run before Sharp’s PAT made the score 14-6. After Roland punted on its first offensive possession of the period, a 9-yard run by Logan Nipper and receptions of 15 and 12 yards by Ramey helped the Bulldogs advance to the Rangers’ 18, but on fourth down Cole Davis broke up a pass near the goal line as Muldrow turned the ball over on downs. On the Rangers’ next offensive series, a 7-yard run and an 8-yard reception by Cantrell allowed Roland to reach the 33, but an intentional grounding penalty moved the Rangers back to the 19. On third down Nipper intercepted a pass at the 26 to give the ball back to the Bulldogs. Pass receptions by
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