After losing their last two games by a combined total of six points, coach Chad Weeks and the Oologah Mustangs looked to turn their season back in the right direction as they took on the Bristow Pirates.
Bristow came in to Oologah boasting a 3-1 record, with its defense having pitched consecutive shutouts in its previous two games.
As the game progressed, it seemed as if the Mustangs were no match for Bristow’s speedy offense led by junior quarterback Stephon Tolon.
With Bristow’s offense being very option oriented, Tolon and senior running back DJ Overstreet accounted for the majority of the Pirates’ rushing yards, as they slowly wore down Oologah’s defense.
Overstreet also rushed for three of Bristow’s touchdowns in the game.
Although the Mustang defense had a difficult night trying keep Bristow’s running game out of the endzone, Blake Salt and the Oologah offense showed promise as Salt threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
The run game for Oologah had some shaky moments during the game, as it averaged roughly 4.2 yards per carry.
Bristow’s defensive performance was led by senior cornerback Jalen Fullbright as he snagged both of his team’s interceptions, including one that he returned 36 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
Towards the middle of the third quarter, after giving up their sixth touchdown, coach Weeks huddled his team together and gave them the spark it needed.
After his talk with the team, Oologah would go on to score a touchdown on the pursuing drive, and the defense would not allow Bristow to put points on the board for the remainder of the game.
Although the Mustangs were showing signs of a comeback, Bristow’s lead had already grown too big to overcome.
While the scoreboard showed a 24-point Pirate victory, there were only a handful of plays that caused Oologah to fall behind.
With Bristow accounting for six penalties for 50 yards and recovering two of its own botched snaps in the backfield, Oologah had multiple chances to change momentum and stay in the game.
The Mustangs can’t take this loss too heavy, for they must prepare for their next game against McLain next week.