Monday Morning Quarterback: Chouteau gets into the win column

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Last Updated: September 18, 20232.5 min read

Chouteau got into the win column for the first time Friday, defeating Warner, 30-22, on the road to wrap up the non-district portion of its schedule.

Quarterback Nick Lunsford had 35 and 4-yard touchdown runs to aid the offense. Lunsford led the Wildcats, 1-2 under head coach Jeff Brown, with 88 rushing yards on 12 carries. He also completed 6 of 11 passes for 71 yards.

Gavin Graham added a 7-yard TD run, and Danial Burkholder returned a kickoff 68 yards for a score.

“The guys played as a team in the game against a hard hitting Warner team,” Brown said. “They worked very hard to prepare themselves and went in with confidence. We were able to come out of the game with no major injuries.

“I have to thank the fans that travel, along with the coaches that prepared our team. I am extremely proud of how our team played and even had an official compliment a player for the way he led on the field. We can keep celebrating our win until 3:01 Monday when we start getting ready for Tonkawa.”

Destin McCrary added 50 yards on the ground on just three carries, while Graham closed with 38 yards on six attempts. Jaxsen Craine finished with 35 receiving yards on three receptions.

Burkholder led the Chouteau defense with 11 total tackles and had a fumble recovery. Graham followed with eight tackles and caused a fumble. Both Lunsford and Kaleb Ramsey had six tackles each, while Craine had a quarterback sack and McCrary had an interception.

The Wildcats open District A-5 play against sixth-ranked Tonkawa (3-0) Friday, Sept. 22. Tonkawa is coming off a 40-6 road win over Blackwell.


Cash McAlvain threw for 212 yards and Beckett Robinson combined for 156 yards and two touchdowns, but Tahlequah remained winless Friday with a 37-23 setback on the road to Sallisaw.

McAlvain, who completed 13 of his 24 pass attempts with a touchdown, had three interceptions.

Robinson had 89 receiving yards on three catches with a score and led the Tigers with 67 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Race Stopp had a team-high six receptions for 72 yards, and running back Darryn Spahr finished with 53 yards on the ground on nine carries.

Linebacker Mason Watkins paced a defense that recorded six tackles for losses with 10 total tackles. Jayden Moore followed with nine tackles, Cayden Nix had seven stops, and Bodee Jimerson led with two tackles for losses. Watkins had a caused fumble, and Spahr had a fumble recovery.

The Tigers, 0-3 under head coach Brad Gilbert, open District 6A-II-1 play Friday against Putnam City West (3-0) at Doc Wadley Stadium in Tahlequah.


Locust Grove couldn’t stack consecutive wins after falling to Claremore-Sequoyah, 49-8, Friday.

Sophomore quarterback Titan Hix completed 22 of 32 passes and threw for 151 yards with a touchdown while battling through a hernia. Ryan Summers, who was also playing with an injury, was Hix’s top target, finishing with six receptions for 65 yards.

“We got whipped in all phases,” Pirates’ first-year head coach Paul Hix said. “Had some kids fight through injuries and some young receivers step up but otherwise very disappointing.”

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