With playoff implications looming this week, here’s my take on everything that happened in the Durant-Hugo Area.
Caddo Bruins vs. Dewar Dragons
The Bruins fell in this match with the Dragons, 58-8.
Payton’s Take: Dewar is a powerhouse this season, with different kids from all across the Henryetta area on their roster. Caddo has had an exceptional season, going 8-2. I do not feel this game was a true reflection of Caddo’s talent, this Bruin team will go far in the playoffs. Keep an eye out for Caddo in the postseason. Offensively, Senior Ryder Wingfeild was a bright spot with 3 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Senior Coltin Hicks played his best game of the year with 8 tackles and three for a loss of yards.
“The game obviously didn’t go our way,” Head Coach Trent Harmon said. “To give Dewar credit, they have an outstanding football team. We showed signs of competing and the kids played extremely hard during the game, which we are very proud of them for. Offensively, we moved the ball at times. Our run game and pass protection still need to improve moving into the post season.”
Caddo will host Foyil this Friday for Round 1 of the Class B Oklahoma High School Football Playoffs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Caddo vs Velma-Alma, 9/15/2023
Idabel Warriors vs. Eufaula Ironheads
Idabel rolled over the Ironheads this past Friday, 49-13.
Payton’s Take: Idabel was dominant this week against Eufaula, owning the game from the first snap. The Warriors were aggressive and played with the same intensity they have played with all season. Junior WR Matrail Lopez had a stellar game with a few impressive catches. Senior LB Quincy Johnson was also a force this week on the defensive side of the ball. Senior QB Waylon Phillips kept his team steady and the gas on, and was a key component in solidifying the huge win over Eufaula.
“I am so proud of these kids,” Head Coach Scott Pratt said. “They’ve fought through adversity and are holding the longest winning record in school history, these kids deserve this. I’m just lucky enough to get to coach them and be apart of this.”
Idabel will host Henryetta this Friday for Round 1 of the Class 2A Oklahoma Football Playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Matrail Lopez – Idabel Warriors
Broken Bow Savages vs. Ada Cougars
Broken Bow fell in a close game to the Cougars, 28-27.
Payton’s Take: Broken Bow had a great game against an excellent Ada team. After some trouble early in the season, the Savages have been able to put together some great quarters of football. They just have to finish the game the same way they start it. All in all, I was thoroughly impressed with Broken Bow this week; they showed what they are truly capable of.
“We played really well,” Broken Bow Head Coach George Davis said. “We went for 2 to win it and they held us. But, we limp into the playoffs because of some help we got in other district games. I thought we played really well offensively. Ada has some really talented kids on offense, so stopping them was a challenge. Kind of the story of our year… a couple of plays or one play has decided all our games with the exception of Poteau.”
Ada’a head coach also weighed in on the barnburner against the Savages.
“Broken Bow game was a heck of a game, they showed up ready to play,” Brad Osteen said. “Close games this late in the season help prepare you for the playoffs.”
Broken Bow will head to Wagoner this coming Friday for Round 1 of the Class 4A Oklahoma Football Playoffs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Durant Lions vs. Broken Bow Savages, 9/1/2023. Photo: Broken Bow Activity Shots
Antlers Bearcats vs. Heavener Wolves
The Bearcats fell to the Wolves this past Friday, 26-6.
Payton’s Take: I have watched the Bearcats all season, and have been impressed each week. They continuously have improved. Though they just missed the playoffs this year, Antlers is a young team with tons of talent. They will definitely see more success in future seasons. I am excited to see what Coach Beasley does with this athletic group.
“Reece Crowsey was phenomenal last night leading his team in all facets of the game,” Head Coach Dustin Beasley said. “He led the way blocking on offense while picking up critical first downs from the running back position. Reece was a terror on defense making plays all over the field.”
“Chance Marris was also amazing last playing both sides of the line,” Beasley also mentioned. “Chance has played the last eight games with a torn ACL. His heart and toughness was an inspiration to our team all season.”
Heavener’s Head Coach Jeff Broyles also weighed in:”Big win, finishing the year 7-3 and making the playoffs is big for us. Thank the Lord for the work these kids have done.”
Antlers’ Reece Crowsey, SR. Photo: Reece Crowsey
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