CATOOSA — The Catoosa Indians won their football home opener 21-14 over the Collinsville Cardinals Friday night at Frank McNabb Field.
Catoosa (2-0) has its homecoming game next Friday against Coweta. Collinsville (1-2) has next week off and then starts district play on Sept. 22 at Tulsa Kelley.
The Indians prevailed over the Cardinals thanks in large part to a pair of goal line stands in the fourth quarter.
"Defensively I thought we played very well all night," said Catoosa head coach Aaron Meier. "We had a great plan and the kids stuck with it."
The game was tied at 14-14 after three periods. The Indians then went ahead for the first time on an 8-yard touchdown run from Christian Woodson at the 10:13 mark of the fourth quarter.
Collinsville then moved to the Catoosa 5 yard line on its ensuing possession. The Indians held for the first time as a 4th-and-1 play gained no yards with 7:22 remaining.
The Cardinals then got as close as the Catoosa 3 yard line with about 90 seconds left, but eventually found themselves facing 4th-and-goal at the 5 yard line with 50 seconds to play.
The Indians came up big again as they forced an incomplete pass and then ran out the remainder of the time.
"Those were obviously two big stops," said Meier. "We played extremely well up front. I am proud of the kids. They bent, but never broke."
Collinsville scored on its opening drive in impression fashion. The 14-play, 69-yard march concluded with an 11 yard touchdown pass from Tate Robards to Walker Roberts at the 3:12 mark of the first quarter.
Catoosa answered just 55 seconds later, however, when Woodson hauled in a deflected pass from Daniel Queen for an 80 yard scoring connection.
The Cardinals only needed 10 seconds to respond though, as Hayden West returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.
The Indians had a great chance as they had
the ball at the Collinsville one yard line with
just under two minutes remaining in the first
Catoosa committed some costly penalties, however, that pushed the ball back to the 22 yard line with 30 seconds left in the half.
The Cardinal defense eventually held, courtesy of back-to-back sacks on their final two plays of the first half.
Catoosa did finally draw even after Dalton Robertson scored on a 1-yard plunge with 2:51 left in the third period. That set the stage for the remaining drama.