Sapulpa had a good season opener last week, beating Tulsa Edison handily, 34-13.
And it didn't take long for the Chieftains to get the ball rolling, either. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Elijah Williams threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Te'zohn Taft.
Usually a running team, Sapulpa used that pass to open things up. They only threw four times all night. They used their workhorse running backs, A.J. Checotah and Marcus Esparza, for 22 combined carries for 125 yards.
Claremore now gets its shot at Sapulpa when the Zebras travel across Tulsa to Collins Stadium Friday night.
Game time is 7 p.m.
Claremore didn't have as much success in its opener, however. The Zebras took an early lead on a 37-yard swing pass from quarterback Charlie Murdock to Jake Gilmore, but then gave up 21 unanswered points in a 21-14 loss to Bartlesville.
Claremore cut the lead to 21-14 after a 15-yard pass from Murdock to Quentin Skinner with 19.6 seconds left, and had a good shot at an onside kick, but the Bruins recovered and held on for the win.
The defense had some big stops for Claremore, gaining two interceptions, but gave up a big pass play which gave the Bruins the lead for good.
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It was a tough Aug. 31 for area teams. In all, only one Rogers County team came out victorious last Friday. Other games involving Rogers County teams are...
Catoosa at Glenpool — Catoosa is coming off a 47-14 win over Sallisaw in its opener. The Indians will look to hand Glenpool its third straight loss to start the season. The Warriors lost 48-34 to Cleveland in Zero Week, and was shutout at Skiatook 26-0.
Chelsea at Fairland — Chelsea and Fairland each had low-scoring losses in their openers. Chelsea fell to Ketchum 12-8, while Fairland lost to Wyandotte 15-8.
Foyil at Bluejacket — The Panthers lost their opener 28-8 to Canadian, while Bluejacket defeated Claremore Christian in a wild 58-54 contest.
Inola at Salina — Inola is back in action after taking last week off following its 50-0 loss to Lincoln Christian in Zero Week. Salina could be Inola's perfect opponent, as Salina lost 34-0 to Locust Grove last week.
Skiatook at Oologah — Oologah was stung by Collinsville 49-0 in last week's season opener. And things don't get any easier as they host a ranked 5A Skiatook Friday. Skiatook dominated in a 26-0 shutout of Glenpool last week.
Sequoyah at Sperry — Claremore Sequoyah has started out the season with a pair of losses to Miami (24-10) and Hilldale (54-7), and will now take on a Sperry team on the road that is coming off a 37-14 win over Verdigris in last week's opener.
Victory Christian at Verdigris — Verdigris and Sperry were tied at the half before the Pirates rolled to a 37-14 win last week. Now, the Cardinals host Victory Christian, a team that routed Tulsa Rogers 37-7 last week.
Cross Christian at Claremore Christian — Claremore Christian fell to 1-1 after losing a wild one against Bluejacket, 56-54, Friday. Cross Christian lost to Quinton 60-0 last week.