TAHLEQUAH — "We started rolling and did really well," said Coweta coach Bubba Burcham, who led Coweta to its fifth straight win over Tahlequah.
"...We needed a win like this. We played in tight ball games all season, and for us to come out and get after them, it was good for our team."
In what appeared to be a competitive game during the early stages, Coweta and Tahlequah traded fruitless possessions before Coweta went in front for good on Hayden Holmes' 5-yard run with 4:53 left in the first quarter.
Holmes, Coweta's quarterback, finished the night with 36 yards on nine rushes while completing 13 of 16 passes for 136 yards.
Tahlequah had a chance to responded, getting to Coweta's 23-yard line early in the second quarter. But after a dropped touchdown pass by Eisensmith followed by a 13-yard loss when David Dick was sacked, Tahlequah moved the wrong direction, resulting in a punt — and Tahlequah's last real chance to score.
"Just a few miscues," Gilbert said, reflecting on the drive that could have pulled Tahlequah even with Coweta. "We were moving the ball and doing some good things, and we just didn't come away with points. We had opportunities, too."
From there, Coweta rammed the ball down Tahlequah's throat.
Coweta racked up 241 yards rushing and scored all but two touchdowns on the ground.
"Hayden, Jakeem (Johnson), Adam (Price), (Hunter) Raspberry, those are kind of marquee-ball carrier types," Burcham said. "And they did a great job."
Johnson, who collected 41 yards on six carries, scored the first of his two touchdowns with a 2-yard run at the 7:47 mark in the second quarter to put Coweta up 14-0.
Coweta, then, added two more touchdowns in a 23-second span later in the second quarter. Price scored on a 1-yard run with 4:50 left until halftime. And after Tahlequah botched a kickoff return in which Coweta recovered the kick, Coweta scored two plays later on Johnson's 7-yard scamper.