Otis Crane will remember Sept. 20 for a long time.
The long-time Foyil assistant football coach netted his first heading coaching victory Friday night, leading the Panthers past Oklahoma Union, 34-14 at McGregor Field.
After back-to-back losses to Ketchum and Chelsea, the third-time around — second on the home turf — proved to be the lucky charm for Crane and Foyil.
Senior running back Justin Chaisson got the night started off on a good note with 13-yard touchdown run that put Foyil ahead 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Chaisson’s hard-nosed running, thanks to the interior blocking up front by Daltun Pierce and Seth Hedges, helped Foyil establish a solid running game.
Oklahoma Union, however, answered with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 14-6.
Kody Webb, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound bruising running back, galloped 40 yards for his first of two touchdowns in the quarter that tied the game at 6-6.
Moments later, Webb added an 8-yard touchdown run and then tallied the two-point conversion to put Oklahoma Union up 14-6.
Right before halftime, Foyil’s Joseph Schubert followed Pierce’s blocking for a 10-yard touchdown that knotted the game at 14-14.
Foyil’s offense, led by senior quarterback Brett Whitaker, outscored Oklahoma Union, 20-0 in the second half.
Colten Self’s fumble recovery in the end zone put Foyil ahead for good at 21-14 in the third quarter.
Then, in the fourth quarter, Dalton Powers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Whitaker to increased the Panthers’ lead to 28-14.
Whitaker added a 75-yard touchdown moments later to secure his coach’s first win.
The win over Oklahoma Union improved Foyil to 1-2 on the season. The Panthers travel to Warner on Friday in District A-8 competition.
Otis Crane will remember Sept. 20 for a long time.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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