Claremore Daily Progress

High School Sports

September 22, 2013

Catoosa clips Ft. Gibson

FORT GIBSON — It was a game of missed opportunities for the Fort Gibson Tigers, and the Catoosa Indians were happy to take advantage of them as the Indians escape with a 27-26 win at Leo Donahue Tiger Stadium on Friday night.

Even though the Tigers offense churned out nearly 300  yards on the ground it was mistakes that plagued the Tigers all night.

Caleb Wilsey’s 6-yard TD run with :59 left proved to be the game-winner for Catoosa (2-1), but it was a drive where FGHS aided the Indians with 30 yards in penalties on what amounted to a 78-yard march.

Daniel Mielnik’s 42-yard field goal with six seconds left in the game fell inches short of the target, handing the Tigers (2-1) their first loss.

“We had too many mistakes tonight, just plain and simple,” said Tigers coach James Singleton. “But as bad as we played we still have a chance to win the game at the end.”

Chase Nevel put the Indians up 7-0 with just 11:45 gone in the opening quarter when he returned the opening kickoff 95 yards to paydirt.

The Tigers countered with the quarterback counter as J.R. Singleton faked a handoff to Michael Richey, then sprinted 42 yards untouched making it 7-7 with 3:40 left in the first stanza.

Singleton again struck gold when he found a streaking Jordan London for a 64 yard touchdown pass, but a blocked extra point would be a thorn in the Tigers paw, even though the home team led 13-7 entering the half.

The Tigers began the third quarter by promptly putting together a drive, spurned by Ritchey's 45 yard run to the Indians 15, and looked to be in the driver's seat once again.  But a holding call negated a 15-yard touchdown run by Chris Walker, then a fumbled pitch moved the Tigers backwards and into a turnover on downs.

“We have to clean up our mental mistakes,” said coach Singleton. “We take a touchdown off the board and then don't get any points after we are inside their 15.” “We have to get this corrected.”

On the Tigers’ next possession,  an intercepted pass gave Catoosa prime real estate at midfield.

A Fort Gibson defensive unit that held the Indians in check the first half, allowing only three first downs and 43 yards rushing, seemed to be the Tigers backbone until Devin Hemphill entered the game for the Indians. Hemphill's first touch in the second half proved a huge one, as he split the FGHS defense for a 30-yard touchdown run with 6:17 in the third period to put the Indians back on top 14-13.

Singleton capped a 14-play drive that ate six minutes off the clock with a 1-yard TD run, putting FGHS up 20-14 with :16 left in the third. But Catoosa wouldn't die. Following another missed opportunity  when the Tigers turned the ball over on downs at their 47, Hemphill struck again, this time a 83-yard burst and reclaim the lead 21-20 with 6:42 left in the fourth.

Back came the Tigers on a 10-play, 74-yard march that received a huge assist when Mielnik’s blocked field goal attempt was scooped up by Zach Drain, who carried it to the Indian 3. Singleton’s second TD carry from a yard out came with 5:03 to go.

This time, the decision was made to go for two on the conversion. Singleton appeared to cross the goal line but after a discussion, officials ruled him inches short.

Catoosa then answered, with a few assists from the Tigers defensive unit.

“You just can't do those things and expect to win,” said coach Singleton. “We did some good things but we made to many mistakes tonight. We will get the ship righted and get things fixed for district play.”

Hemphill finished with 150 yards rushing on just 10 carries. Richey led the Tigers with 127 yards on 16 touches. Singleton added 100 yards on 13 carries.

Text Only
High School Sports
  • DSC_0262web.jpg ‘Overtime Thriller’

    One year after watching Derrick Reliford drag Collinsville defenders down the field, the Cardinals still haven’t found a way of stoppping the Claremore running back.
    On Friday night, Reliford tallied 165 rushing yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run in overtime to lead the Zebras past Collinsville, 42-38 in the District 5A-4 opener at Lantow Field.

    September 28, 2013 5 Photos

  • MADISONBRIGHTweb.jpg District Champions!

    Claremore senior second baseman Stephanie Schivally thrives under pressure.
    With two outs and the count 2-2, Schivally delivered the biggest hit of her senior year — a game-winning single in the bottom of the fourth inning.
    Schivally’s clutch single allowed Claremore senior center fielder Madison Bright to score from second base and sparked the Lady Zebras to a 4-3 win over Tahlequah Thursday afternoon.

    September 28, 2013 2 Photos

  • SEQUOYAH1web.jpg Sequoyah soars past Sperry on Homecoming

    Claremore Sequoyah opened District 3A-5 play with a 38-7 homecoming victory over Sperry Friday night at the Pope Sports Complex.
    The Eagles (3-1, 1-0) host traditional power Seminole in their final non-district contest on Friday. Sequoyah then returns to district action the following Friday with a third consecutive home game, against Blackwell.

    September 28, 2013 2 Photos

  • Verdigris blasts Blackwell on Homecoming

    It was just like old times for Verdigris High School Friday night against Blackwell.
    Running back Tanner Boles returned to the lineup, scoring three touchdowns, the defense intercepted four passes and 10 runners piled up 258 yards, leading the Cardinals to a 54-16 homecoming dismantling of the Maroons.

    September 28, 2013

  • Pryor rallies past Coweta in wild overtime finish

    Brennon Barth ran for five touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner in overtime, to send Pryor into a frenzy with its first district win, a 42-41 win at Coweta Friday night.

    September 28, 2013

  • Inola pounds Okmulgee, 43-14

    Inola senior quarterback Mason Stookey got the Longhorns back in the win column Friday night, scoring four touchdowns in a 43-14 win over Okmulgee.

    September 28, 2013

  • Chouteau rallies past Chelsea, 30-20

    You just kind of had that feeling that things were going to be different this year for Chouteau football.
    Call them the “Comeback Kids,” the “Cardiac Kids,” or the “Wedding Crashers.” One thing you cannot call these 2013 Chouteau Wildcats are “quitters,” and that showed once again Friday night.
    Down 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter, Chouteau scored 16 unanswered points to secure a 30-20 win over Chelsea on their homecoming night. The win finally sheds a monkey off the backs of the Wildcats as it was their first district win since 2007.

    September 28, 2013

  • Evitt runs for 311 yards, Wagoner topples Catoosa

    The Wagoner Bulldogs opened District 4A-3 play in convincing fashion with a ground attack that rushed for an even 400 yards and enabled the Bulldogs to take the victory 35-20 over the Catoosa Indians at W.L. Odom Stadium on Friday night.

    September 28, 2013

  • DSC_0307web.jpg Lady Zebras dominate Tahlequah, 6-2

    Two days after a lackluster performance in a 3-2 extra-inning loss to Skiatook, the Claremore Lady Zebras played like ‘champions’ and dealt Tahlequah its first loss in Metro Lakes Conference play Thursday afternoon.
    Behind Ally Johnson’s dominating performance in the circle, along with Stephanie Schivally’s 2-for-4 presence at the plate, the Lady Zebras rolled past Tahlequah, 6-2 at Lady Tigers Field.

    September 22, 2013 11 Photos

  • DSC_0150web.jpg Big plays doom Zebras

    Claremore head coach Rob Gilbreath told his team after Friday’s 59-35 loss to Class 5A No. 3 McAlester that the difference in the outcome came down to four plays.

    September 22, 2013 7 Photos