ROLAND – An efficient offensive display by Stigler helped keep the Panthers within striking distance of the 3A-8 lead.
The Panthers scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions and also added a TD on a trick play late in the first half as they went on to post a 48-14 win against the Roland Rangers on Friday. Stigler (4-2, 2-1) stays a game behind 3A-8 co-leaders Checotah and Spiro, both of which also posted wins on Friday.
“We knew we needed to take care of the football and be hard to defend, and we felt like with our kids for what we’ve got, we played extremely well,” Stigler coach Chris Risenhoover said. “We were sharp in our passing game, Seth (Sandlin, the quarterback) was putting the ball on target and our receivers have been doing a great job with the catches, so we were at a pretty high completion percentage going in at halftime and our defense was tough, we’re pretty stout over there with our front seven and our back end, so we’ve always been tough to score points on, so I felt good with the first-half performance going in.”
Sandlin rushed for 141 yards and two TDs while passing for 169 yards and a TD. Tailback Trace Jackson added three TD runs, including a 40-yard run on a hook-and-lateral play moments before halftime which extended the Panthers’ lead to 28-6.
“We’re getting better week by week with our guys up front on the offensive line and you give an athlete like Seth and Trace Jackson and some of those kids just a little bit of crease, we’re fortunate enough to have those guys back there that are going to be able to create some yardage on the ground and same thing in the passing game; we’ve always been able to throw it and we’ve got quality receivers,” Risenhoover said.
“Seth can make all the throws, so we’re getting better each week up front and hopefully, this will kind of catapult us. We’ve got a big (district) game next week against (unbeaten) Checotah.”
Stigler forced a three-and-out on the game’s first series and the Panthers took over with good field position after a short Ranger punt to the Roland 31.
They needed just five plays to punch it in, as Sandlin went in from a yard out for the TD. Tristen Cone added the PAT for a 7-0 Panther lead four minutes into the game.
After another three-and-out and a Ranger punt, Stigler scored again on a Sandlin TD, this time a 52-yard keeper around the right side on a third-and-short. Cone’s PAT made it 14-0.
Roland (3-3, 0-3) finally got on the scoreboard on the next series, needing just four plays. Two plays after quarterback Manuel Bunch took a keeper 50 yards down to the Panther 8, Bunch hooked up with his brother, receiver Madison Bunch, on a slant pattern from 3 yards out. The PAT was blocked, keeping Stigler in front 14-6.
Stigler then made it three TDs on its first three possessions, completing a 65-yard drive on the fifth play of the second quarter as Sandlin found Austin Drewry from 14 yards out, which extended the Panthers’ lead to 21-6.
Late in the first half, Stigler faced a third-and-7 from the Ranger 45. Sandlin threw a short pass in the flat to receiver Jake Henson. Then, Henson quickly pitched the ball to tailback Trace Jackson at the 40. Jackson was able to spring loose down the sideline to complete the Panthers’ successful hook-and-lateral play for a TD. Cone’s kick made it 28-6 with less than two minutes left in the opening half against a Ranger team dealing with a rash of injuries.
The Panthers then scored on their first two series of the second half, taking the initial kickoff and going 58 yards in nine plays which ended in a 6-yard run by Jackson. After forcing a Roland punt, Stigler put together a five-play 57-yard drive which ended with Jackson’s third TD, as he went in from 10 yards out, increasing Stigler’s lead to 42-6.
Roland scored a TD near the end of the third quarter as Manuel Bunch ran in a keeper from 20 yards out, while Austin Cantrell added a two-point run. The Panthers closed out the scoring late in the game on a 34-yard run from Shane Quick.
STIGLER 48, ROLAND 14
Stigler 14 14 14 6 — 48
Roland 6 0 8 0—14
Stig: Sandlin 1 run (Cone kick), 7:42
Stig: Sandlin 52 run (Cone kick), 2:29
Rol: Mad. Bunch 3 pass from Man. Bunch (kick blocked), :52
Stig: Drewry 14 pass from Sandlin (Cone kick), 10:11
Stig: Jackson 40 run (Cone kick), 1:32
Stig: Jackson 6 run (Cone kick), 8:28
Stig - Jackson 10 run (Cone kick), 5:42
Rol: Man. Bunch 20 run (Cantrell run), 2:14
Stig: Quick 34 run (pass failed), 2:04
First downs 23 12
Rushes-yards 38-251 36-210
Passing 169 46
Comp-Att-Int 13-20-0 5-12-0
Punts 2-37 5-36
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-1
Penalties-Yards 10-65 6-57
Rushing: Stigler, Sandlin 12-141, Jackson 9-87, Quick 1-34, R. Bryant 5-30, Moore 3-22, D. Bryant 1-9, Quo. Jim 1-8, Drewry 1-4, Qui. Jim 1-2, Carroll 4-1; Roland, Man. Bunch 13-118, Carter 10-61, Cantrell 4-38, Chandler 4-7, Phelan 1-4, Gregory 1-1, Team 3-(minus-19).
Passing: Stigler, Sandlin 13-18-0 169, D. Bryant 0-2-0; Roland, Man. Bunch 5-12-0 46.
Receiving: Stigler, Henson 4-46, D. Bryant 3-43, Thompson 2-32, Jackson 2-28, Drewry 2-20; Roland, Mad. Bunch 4-34, Thibodeaux 1-12.