TAHLEQUAH — While Kirkhart was leaving W. L. Odom Field with a good feeling, Tahlequah coach Brad Gilbert was at the opposite end of the spectrum.
“We had a very difficult time tonight,” Gilbert said. “This was not what we were expecting. We thought we would be a little more physical and sharper. We took a step back tonight.”
A bright spot for the Tigers was the play of quarterback David Dick. Dick had runs of 14 and 12 yards against Hilldale and set up the Tigers only score of the scrimmage with an 18-yard run.
“David is playing well,” Gilbert said. “We are having to put more responsibility on him and he wants that. I think tonight we saw how he is starting to respond.”
Wagoner coach Dale Condict left with a mixture of feelings. The Bulldogs have been searching for a quarterback and Monday Condict put in two players who have played the position before.
“I thought Fisher Medlin and Roman Rodriguez did pretty good for just three days of practice,” Condict said. “We have athletes that are talented, but we have a lot of new faces and it’s going to take some time.”
The Bulldog offense struggled against Hilldale but rebounded against Tahlequah for two scores. Condict rotated between Medlin, who showed the ability to throw the ball while Medlin was able to spark the Wagoner rushing attack.
“I was surprised that our offense was not sloppy,” Condict said. “We didn’t turn the ball over or commit a lot of mistakes. We’re just going to have to play great defense and continue to improve.”