After some highly-contested games statewide, let’s hear what these players had to say after Week 4 of play.
Sand Springs vs. Muskogee
The Muskogee Roughers had a decisive win over Sand Springs, 51-13.
Sand Springs players:
Eastin Webb – So. QB – “We just have to get things done when they are needed, we had chances and big windows to take advantage of but we didn’t. There were just too many missed opportunities. But we will bounce back this next week and see them in the post season.”
Keagan Gilman – Sr. MLB, RB – “Definitely not the outcome we were looking for. We are a better team than how we played Friday. When we see them in playoffs again, I think we will be able to show that.”
Kenny Page – Sr. RB – “Not the way we wanted the game to go. The plays were there we just gotta execute. Now the game is over with and we must learn from our mistakes and move forward to prepare for next week.”
Noble vs. Ardmore
In a close game, Noble was victorious over Ardmore, 28-27.
Jaxon Weaver – “It was a great game, everyone gave it their all and it was a tough loss. All we can do is keep working and give it our all next Friday against Elgin.”
Derek Meely, Sr. DT, T – “We played very well and we did not give up on each other. We kept fighting until the end. I felt like both teams played a great game.”
Andrew Holmes – “It was a great team win for us. It’s been a tough start to the season but we are looking forward to carrying the momentum into the rest of district play.”
Trevor Hand Sr. – “No better way to start off district play than with a win. We are a really young team. For many of our players, it’s their first year playing varsity, but we are finally coming together as a team. I think we can use this win to push ourselves the rest of the season. I’m really excited to see what lengths we can push ourselves to this season.”
Durant vs. Sapulpa
Sapulpa got the decisive victory this past Friday over Durant, 56-0.
Marco Smith – Sr. RB, WR, OLB – “Just a taste of what we can accomplish and more to come.”
Elgin vs. El Reno
Elgin had a handled win over El Reno on Friday, 54-21.
Jace Williams – “El Reno presented our biggest challenge yet. They are well-coached and physical. I feel they made us better and helped us prepare for more tough games as we move deeper into our schedule.”
Ritson Meyer – So. RB, MLB – “We got off to a slow start on defense at first. They punched us in the mouth and we didn’t know how to respond, but the grit and determination to keep our flawless record fueled us to stick our foot on the ground and get it done. We honestly needed that little adversity. Now we know we aren’t ‘all that’ and that’s going help us in the weeks to come.”
El Reno players:
Malachi Nicholson – Sr. RB, MLB – “It was a good game. We just let our heads down when something bad happened.”
Elijah Fisher – Jr. QB, FS – “It was a good game from both sides, just one team wanted it more.”
Bethany vs. Tuttle
The Bethany Bronchos fell to Tuttle this past Friday, 30-10.
Christian Sigler – Sr. T, DE – “As for the game, we knew it was a big game in a hostile environment. Even though the result wasn’t what we wanted, we have to keep our heads up and keep getting better. One game doesn’t define a season.”
Jackson Payne – Jr. QB, SS – “As for the game, we knew that they were a really good, physical team. All we can do is learn and get better from it.”
Major Sharp – Sr. QB, FS – “I thought we played really good from the beginning. It all started with the offensive and defensive line. They did their jobs, the whole game, and everything else just came off of them.”
Sallisaw vs. Ada
In a tight, defensive game, the Cougars got the win against Sallisaw, 7-0.
Cole Stephens – Sr. FS, WR – “We came in knowing it was going to be a very physical game. Our defense put up a great fight and moved the ball well on offense but need to capitalize on big plays. All in all, it was a hard fought game that gives me great confidence for the rest of the season going forward.”
Jackson Harris – So. QB, FS – “We knew going into the game that it would be tough, but our guys played hard. We put up a good fight. Giving respect to Ada’s guys, they played a great game. We just couldn’t close it out.
George Maddox – Sr. OLB, TE – “It was definitely a good game. We made the big plays when we needed to and were able to give our offense a shot.”
Samuel Jordan – Sr. T – “It was an awesome game! I loved how our defense came together and played very well and never gave up!”
Woodward vs. Cache
The Cache Bulldogs had a sound victory over the Boomers, 56-0.
Peyton Carter – Sr. G, DT – “It was a three-possession game a lot of the third quarter, so I really was hoping we could get our offense rolling as soon as the defense started making stops.”
Bobby Kirk – Sr. G, C, DT – “We could’ve had a lot of big plays, but the little mistakes is what kills us on the offensive line.”
Connor Muldowney – Sr. – “We had fun and got a lot of people to get some playing time.”
Gunner Tate – So. – “It’s good to get a big win in a tough district. We just need to keep playing our football for future games.”
Oologah vs. Cleveland
The Oologah Mustangs got the better of Cleveland on Friday, 55-21.
Gavin Salt – Jr. OLB, SB – “We started the game fast and physical and kept it going throughout the night. We had some key players that stepped up and played a position they didn’t normally play. We were extremely excited to get the win and become 1-0 in district play. I’m honored to get to play beside and wear the gold helmet with this group of guys.”
Bo Thomas – RB/LB – “Good old-fashioned butt kicking.”
Jaden Dunham – WR/DB – “Got away from us early in the game, mental mistakes costed us.”
Wyatt Sammons Sr. QB – “We started off slow in the first half, but we didn’t give up and finished strong in the second. I’m proud of the fight our team shows every week, and we will continue to get better.”
Lone Grove vs. Heritage Hall
Heritage Hall emerged victorious over the Longhorns on Friday, 54-21.
Lone Grove players:
Sam Harris – Sr. MLB – “Going against the defending State champs is always going to be a challenge but I am glad we had the opportunity to play them and learn from them and am anxious to see what the rest of the year holds for us.”
Heritage Hall players:
Andy Bass – Sr. QB, RB – “It was a great way to start off district play and we’re looking forward to continuing to improve every week.”
Jerrod Williams – So. WR, CB – “It was a great win to start off district play, still some work to do on both sides of the ball. Every step of the way, we are working for another gold ball.”
Jack Harris – Sr. LS, T, DE – “I think as a team we improved a lot but there is still room for improvement and I missed being out there with my team but am exited to be back.”
Ben Showalter – Sr. WR, OLB – “It is great to be apart of a good win against our first district game. It’s clear that we have improved as a team since week one. Looking forward to prepping for next week.”
Pauls Valley vs. Marlow
Marlow had a decisive win over Pauls Valley, 22-7.
Pauls Valley players:
Rayne Major – Sr. RB, OLB – “That it was going to be a tough game between 2 top 10 teams, the team with less mistakes was going to win.”
James Major – So. OL, DL – “We played a good game but the lack of dominance showed in the outcome.”
Adrian Gonzalez – Jr. WR, OLB – “We knew it was going to be a dog fight the whole game and things didn’t go our way.”
Jase Ford – Sr. OL, DL – “The team with more discipline will win.”
Cade Gilbert – “It was a great team win! We had to overcome a lot of adversity with my 2 interceptions in the first half and a fumble. I think as a team we do a great job of trusting our coaches and the game plan. We knew we had to pick it up and that’s what we did coming out of half!”
Prague vs. Henryetta
Prague got the win over the Henryetta Knights, 35-0.
Aiden Auld – Sr. – “We knew coming into it Henryetta was a good football team. We came out fast and had some big plays that kept it rolling. A great team win to start off district play!”
Brad Pickard – Sr. WR, FS – “When adversity hits, you gotta persevere and overcome.”
Rex Geiser – “We all knew going into the game it was gonna be a tough one. It was a great team win. When everyone does their job, that’s the outcome.”
Nathan Nail – So. – “Although we didn’t end up on top with the score, we are consistently getting better.”
Kiefer vs. Morris
Kiefer came out on top over the Morris Eagles, 30-12.
Jaxon Worley – Sr. QB, SS – “It was a good way to start our district play. Our offensive line was extremely physical which helped us all night. We had to overcome adversity but that’s just part of the game. We played hard and took care of the football which helped us to victory.”
Alston Carr – Sr. – “I thought this game tested our will and how much we were willing to take. I think we know now how tough we are and how much we are willing to play for each other through ugly.”
Will Adams – Sr. CB, WR – “I’m proud of how we finished the night. Our offensive line was driving off the ball and our backs ran hard through the whistle. We had to dig ourselves out of a hole caused by some penalties, and our defense responded to adversity with physicality. Our coaches preach playing hard for each other and that’s exactly what we did to secure the win.”
Parker Thomas – Sr. DE, DT – “We all really looked forward to this game to start out district play as well as getting to play one of the best teams in 2A and felt the game was a good hard fought game on both sides even though it didn’t pan on for us in the end.”
Jones vs. Star Spencer
Jones was victorious against Star Spencer on Friday, 40-0.
Clayton Creasey – Sr. QB, CB – “It was good to get back in the win column after a couple of hard losses during non district play. It feels good to enjoy a win but we’ll have to play much cleaner offensively to win the big games.”
Cincere Littleton – Sr. LB, RB, OLB – “Tough loss. We need to get it back at practice for sure. You’ll hopefully see the improvement in next week’s game.”
Little Axe vs. Community Christian
Little Axe fell to Community Christian this past Friday, 38-8.
Community Christian players:
Drew Bradley – Sr. RB, OLB – “It was a great team win. Everyone took out our disappointment of three straight loses into it and it was a good result.”
Braxton Hartsock – Sr. QB, FS, SS – “We knew going into this game it was about us and not them. We had to prove to ourselves that we were a better team than we had shown in the first three games.”
Tyndale McIntosh – Jr. FS, QB – “All week after our losses, we were just thinking ‘who’s gonna carry the boats’ and we carried the boats.”
AJ Shadid – Jr. DT, T – “It was a good win for our team. We played physical and smart, and it was great to see the outcome of that in a win.”
Perry vs. Blackwell
Perry was victorious over Blackwell this past Friday, 42-16.
Treg Bowman – Sr. LB, FB – “The game was highly anticipated because not only was it our rivalry game, but our first district game. Coming off of two straight losses, we had a lot to prove not only to ourselves, but our fans as well.”
Andrew Kukuk – So. RB, SS – “It was a great team win for us. We took care of business and did what we were supposed to do.”
Valliant vs. Heavener
The Heavener Wolves got the W this Friday over Valliant, 37-14.
Kenny Golston – So. FB, DE – “We may lose and we may win but we will never be defeated and still got a lot to work on.”
Dakota McDonald – Sr. – “The loss doesn’t define how good we are as a team. We know what our big goal is and that’s making playoffs.”
Camden Broyles – Sr. TE, DL – “Stay scrappy.”
PJ Ridley – Sr. RB, DB – “Never give up and always keep fighting!”
Devry Ritter – Sr.WR, LB – “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Jackson Clubb – Sr. QB, DB – “Never back down, never give up.”
Dibble vs. Wynnewood
Dibble had a resounding win over Wynnewood, 82-17.
Jag Norman – #24 RB/LB – “We had this game circled on our schedule as a must win. We showed up and showed out. We played as a team with great energy, leading us to victory.”
Hudson Long – #52 LB/OL – “With us being picked as the underdog, it fired us up. Everyone came together and executed the game plan and the score board showed the result.”
Ringwood vs. Canton
Ringwood was victorious over Canton, 56-6.
Alex Gonzalez – Sr. RB, DE – “It’s always fun to get to play the sport you love and earning a big win. Absolutely amazing game and we’re only getting better.”
Noah Schmidt – So. – “Absolutely great win and we’re gonna keep moving forward from this big win.”
Hayden Hutchins – Jr. – “It was a great game, I’m proud to see my team do so well. I can’t wait to see what next week brings.”
Paoli vs. Maud
Paoli had a tough loss to Maud this past Friday, 20-8.
Scotty Garrett – Jr. QB, DE – “It was a very hard loss to open up district play. We are way better than how we played Thursday, but there is a lot of improvement to be made. We will be ready for Bowlegs on Friday.”
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