, Muskogee, OK

September 28, 2013

Wagoner dominates Catoosa to open district play

By Jimmy Stinson
Phoenix Correspondent

— WAGONER – The Wagoner Bulldogs opened District 4A-3 play in convincing fashion with a ground attack that rushed for an even 400 yards and enabled the Bulldogs to take the victory 35-20 over the Catoosa Indians at W.L. Odom Stadium on Friday night.

Wagoner’s dynamic duo of Lawrence Evitt and Devin Hawkins led the rushing attack for the No. 2 Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0). Evitt finished the night with 311 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns, while Hawkins had 63 yards on seven carries and two TDs.

For the season, Evitt has amassed 863 yards on 72 carries and 10 touchdowns.

No. 2 Catoosa falls to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the district.

The Indians had moved the ball to Wagoner’s 34 but on a fourth and two, but Wagoner’s defense held and the ball was turned over on downs.  The Bulldogs made Catoosa pay on the ensuing possession.

Evitt picked up 30 yards on two carries. After a penalty and an Evitt one-yard loss, Hawkins came in to give him a breather.

Hawkins took the handoff and went up the middle, flattened a Catoosa defender in the secondary, then rambled 44 yards for the his TD.  Tanner Rollens’ extra point gave Wagoner had an early 7-0 lead.

The teams traded possessions and Wagoner scored again on their fourth possession of the first half.  Evitt took the handoff and went 62 yards for the score as the Bulldogs’ lead increased to 14-0.

“I thought our run game was very good tonight,” Wagoner head coach Dale Condict said.  “Those two guys(Evitt and Hawkins) have been in our program and we expect them to run the ball hard.”

Catoosa  found the end zone with 1:25 left in the first half, on a 40-yard throw from quarterback Caleb Wilsey to Chase Nevel and the Indians had made a game of it with Wagoner’s lead cut to 14-7.

The second half was more Evitt and Hawkins.

The Bulldogs forced a punt and the offense took over at their 32.

The ensuing drive took 4:23 off the clock, 10 plays, covered 68 yards and was capped off by a two-yard run by Hawkins for the score.

The second possession for Wagoner didn’t take long.  Evitt picked up seven yards on the first carry and then rambled 51 yards to the end zone and the Bulldog lead ballooned to 28-7.  

The Bulldog defense was prone to the big pass plays as Wilsey hooked up with Tre Harvey for a 10-yard touchdown toss that looked to be an interception but was ruled a touchdown.

“That call could go either way but they gave it to Catoosa,” Condict said.

With 5:09 left in the game and the lead cut to 14, Wagoner needed a long drive to run the clock.

That didn’t happen, but the outcome turned out well.

Wagoner’s drive was an 80-yard by Evitt from the wildcat formation and Wagoner was ahead again by 21.

“I thought Deshaun (Clark) had the pick in the end zone, but they called it for them,” Evitt said after the game.  “I was ready to make the play, and my line just opened the hole and I ran.”

Hawkins echoed Evitt about the play of the offensive line.

“They do their job, they block hard and open holes for us,” he said. “We get the credit, but we couldn’t do it without them.”

Catoosa added a late score on a 48-yard throw and catch but the extra point was wide right and Wagoner had a 35-20 lead and those 15 points could come in handy later in the year for tiebreaker purposes.