OOLOGAH – Facing a one-dimensional offensive team, third-ranked Oologah took full advantage in a District 4A-3 game Friday night at Mustang Stadium.
Grove quarterback Davis Dills ran the ball 16 times for 73 yards, but Oologah had more balance and used it to perfection in a 42-0 victory, setting up another showdown at No. 1 Wagoner next week. The Mustangs improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district play. The Ridgerunners dropped to 0-6 and 0-3.
Gunter Pearson scored four touchdowns and galloped for 184 yards as Oologah compiled 488 total yards, including 427 on the ground. Grove finished with 193 overall, but managed just 49 yards and three first downs in the second half.
Behind Gunter, Oologah drove 85 yards following the second half kickoff to go ahead 35-0. Quarterback Chance Dietz passed 28 yards to Travis Rogers and Gunter roamed for 26 to the Ridgerunners’ eight. On the next play, Gunter found a huge hold to score followed by Mayson Powell’s fifth of six conversion kicks.
When the Mustangs got the ball back, they covered 70 yards in seven snaps. Deitz scrambled 23 yards to the Grove six and Gunter scored on second down from the two with 3:51 remaining in the third period.
The Ridgerunners’ deepest penetration of the second half came late in the third quarter, reaching Owasso’s 24. Dills threw incomplete twice, Josh Carillo was hit for a two-yard loss and Dills got slammed for a nine-yard setback on fourth down.
Gunter ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns while Carson Keeter returned a fumble 99 yards and a score, giving Oologah a 28-0 halftime lead.
Thanks to an interference call and a roughing the passer infraction against the Mustangs, Grove reached the one-yard line and called time with 3.5 seconds left.
Dills, who ran for 80 yards in the half, tried to sneak across the goal line, but the ball popped loose and Keeter, a senior linebacker, gleefully scooped it up, blasting 99 yards to the end zone.
Oologah executed 93- and 95-yard scoring drives in taking command early. The Mustangs zoomed 95 in five plays to lead 14-0. Pearson motored 42 yards on first down from the five with Dietz weaving his way the final 18 yards with 38 seconds remaining in the half.
Pearson capped the 91-yard series with a one-yard crash just four seconds into the second quarter. Cole Dunbar and Dietz had 19- and 20-yard runs, respectively, in the series.
The Mustangs ate up 70 yards in five plays to score on their opening drive. Pearson erupted for 29 to the Grove 23 and then 20 more to the three. He bulled across with 6:27 left in the first period.