Monday Morning Quarterback: Who stays unbeaten, and who comes away with wins in Mayes County battles?

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Last Updated: September 11, 20234.8 min read

Eli Swarer threw for 244 yards and five touchdowns to help lift Salina to its second consecutive win Friday in a 50-22 road victory over Mayes County rival Chouteau.

The Wildcats will go into their bye week with a 2-1 mark before beginning District 2A-8 play on Sept. 22 when they host Rejoice Christian.

Swarer, who added 74 yards and a touchdown on the ground, threw four of his scoring tosses to Cooper Hooker, who closed with seven receptions for 173 yards. 

Hooker set the stage, returning the game’s opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. Swarer’s touchdown run went from 39 yards out. Teagen Byrd finished with 43 receiving yards on a pair of catches.

“Offensively, we challenged our guys to finish drives in the red zone. We accomplished both of those goals,” Salina head coach Clayton Saiz said. “It’s a great win to get some momentum going heading into our bye week as we start to prepare for the games that matter most.”

Jescee Sanders paced the defense with 14 tackles, including two for losses. Jax Kiener had 11 tackles, Maverick Williamson and Jaron Bailey each followed with eight tackles, and both Elijah Gardner and Cody Wheeler posted seven tackles. Wheeler also had a quarterback sack, and Gardner had a fumble recovery.

“The challenge of the game defensively was finding a way to get stops against their flexbone offense without breaking all of your rules,” Saiz said.

“In the bye, we will have a chance to really focus on ourselves, get healthy and start gearing up for district play.”

Chouteau, who dropped to 0-2 under head coach Jeff Brown, will visit Warner (1-1) this week.


Wagoner took momentum into halftime with a late second quarter touchdown and went on to defeat Tahlequah, 34-14, Friday in the Tigers’ home opener at Doc Wadley Stadium.

The loss was the second straight to start the season for Tahlequah, who will close non-district play this week with a road game at Sallisaw (1-1).

“Wagoner is a good football team that plays a physical brand. I thought we matched that for most of the game,” Tahlequah head coach Brad Gilbert said. “We just couldn’t get anything going in the second half offensively. Them scoring with four seconds right before half to go up 21-13 and then we didn’t score on the first possession coming out of half time I think was a critical point in the game.”

Tahlequah was led offensively by junior receiver Beckett Robinson. Robinson combined for 104 yards, including 73 receiving yards. He had 31 yards rushing on just two carries.

Senior running back Darryn Spahr had both of Tahlequah’s touchdowns. He had a 13-yard TD reception and led the Tigers with 34 yards on the ground, including a 6-yard scoring run.

Junior quarterback Cash McAlvain completed 9 of 22 passes for 137 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his second career start.

Tigers’ senior receiver Race Stopp added three catches for 32 yards.


Juan Martinez completed 12 of his 18 pass attempts and threw for 174 yards with a touchdown to help propel Stilwell to a 20-0 shutout home win over Keys on Friday.

The Indians stay unbeaten under first-year head coach Bryan Ross, whose team opened the season with a 34-19 win over Roland.

“Defense was outstanding. Offense sputtered around and never got in a rhythm. Three times inside the 10 with no points, and a TD called back,” Ross said. 

Stilwell was led defensively by Dustin Noisewater, who had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown.

Senior Tray Chuculate led Stilwell receivers with four grabs for 85 yards, while freshman Brayton Carter had three receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. Chalino Martinez rushed for 56 yards on 15 carries with a score.

The Indians (2-0) will go on the road for the first time Friday when they visit also unbeaten Stigler (2-0) to close non-district play.


Locust Grove went on the road for the first time this season and also picked up its first win in defeating Mayes County opponent Adair in a 60-46 shootout.

It was the first win for Paul Hix as Pirates’ head coach, while Warriors’ first-year head coach Brady Bradbury is still searching for his first victory.

Chad Adams had a star performance on both sides of the ball for Locust Grove. The senior finished with 106 rushing yards on 15 carries with a touchdown, had three receptions for 103 yards and three touchdowns, and collected six tackles defensively.

“It was a rollercoaster for sure but we caught some momentum after a couple of second half defensive stops,” Hix said. “The return of Zander Messer and Caleb Dennis certainly helped us offensively.”

Sophomore quarterback Titan Hix led the Pirates with 138 rushing yards and had four TDs. Hix completed 17 of 29 passes for 286 yards with three touchdowns.

Ryan Summers had a pair of interceptions to lead the Locust Grove defense.

Locust Grove (1-2) will close the non-district portion of its schedule this week when it hosts Claremore-Sequoyah.

The Warriors (0-3) will go into their bye week and then open District 2A-8 play against Claremore-Sequoyah on Sept. 22.


Pryor couldn’t stay on the winning side following its bye week as it suffered a 35-0 home setback to Alma (Ark.) on Friday.

“Alma is a really good football team and is well coached. We just made too many mistakes early on to put ourselves in position to win against a team like that,” Pryor head coach Kenny Davis said. “I thought our kids played hard, just have to clean up the mistakes.”

The Tigers were led offensively by quarterback Braden Ward, who went 19-of-32 for 171 yards with an interception. Brock Ward had five receptions for 67 yards.

Defensively senior linebacker Jacob Couch tallied 15 tackles, while junior linebacker Caleb Cantrell had 11 tackles.

Pryor will visit Coweta (1-1) Friday to finish non-district play.

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