By Eric Shannon
FORT GIBSON – J.R. Singleton led Fort Gibson with 251 passing yards, but it was the Tigers’ stalwart defensive effort that held the explosive Muldrow Bulldogs offense in check in taking the 34-0 victory Thursday night at Leo Donahue/Tiger Stadium. The District 4A-4 win keeps the Tigers’ hopes for a home-field playoff game alive.
“Our defense played really well tonight and did a great job containing their quarterback all night,” Tigers’ coach James Singleton said. “Any time you can pick up a goose egg on the defensive end, it is a good night.”
Defensively the Tigers (5-2, 3-1) held the Bulldogs and their highly-recruited quarterback Dominic Blue to just 12 yards rushing in the first half. They had seven quarterback sacks, forced two interceptions and stopped the Bulldogs three times inside the Fort Gibson 20.
Blue could only muster 13 yards rushing on 22 carries for the night.
“We knew we had to shut him down if we were going to win this game tonight,” Fort Gibson defensive tackle Grady Mosteller said “He was our focus tonight and we were not going to let him beat us.”
On the other side of the coin, the Tigers played ball control and stayed primarily on the ground, even though Singleton completed 8 of 14 passes for 251 yards and two touchdown passes.
Tristan Johnson got the Tigers on the board first with an eight-yard touchdown run on the Tigers second possession of the game, capping a 13-play 96-yard drive that ate up 6:14 on the clock.
Just six minutes gone in the second quarter, Singleton sprinted off the right side of the line for a 10-yard TD and put the Tigers up 14-0.
Then, for the second time on the night, the Tigers defense stood strong in holding at their own 21 yard line on a Bulldog fourth and nine.
On the ensuing possession, Singleton found a streaking Hayden Perry for a 79-yard catch and run and put the Tigers up 21-0 with 2:28 left in the second quarter.
“Our offense really did execute well tonight,” the Fort Gibson coach said. “We moved the ball well and made good adjustments when they showed us some defenses we hadn't seen from them.”
Again picking up where they left off, the Tigers defense forced a turnover on downs by the Bulldogs, this time on the 23. Singleton went to the air on the first possession and found Jordan London down the right sideline for a juggling catch and a 55-yard score, pushing the Tigers lead to 27-0 with 9:13 left in the third quarter.
As Fort Gibson kept the Bulldog offense out of their comfort zone, Blue was forced to go to the air and the Tigers made him pay with consecutive interceptions. The first after Blue was harassed out of the pocket and tried to find running back Max Wallace. Instead Tigers’ defensive lineman Grady Mosteller snagged the pass at the Bulldog 47.
“Our defense did a great job containing him (Blue),” said Tigers’ coach James Singleton.
After a Tiger punt, Blue once again was picked off on his next pass, this time by Tristian Leonard at the Bulldog 43 yard line with 5:25 left in the third quarter.
Kyle Martin sealed the victory with a three-yard touchdown run with 5:29 left in the fourth quarter.
The one black eye on the Tigers’ win was the 85 yards in penalties. That didn't set to well with the Tigers’ coach.
“The penalties and mental mistakes we have to fix if we are going to improve,” he said “We have one touchdown called back (a 43-yard run) and gave them to0 much yardage on the night.”
FORT GIBSON 34, MULDROW 0
MULDROW 0 0 0 0–0
FORT GIBSON 7 14 6 7–34
FGHS - Tristen Johnson 8 run (Daniel Mielnik kick) 4:32
FGHS - J.R. Singleton 10 run (Mielnik kick) 6:03
FGHS - Hayden Perry 79 pass from Singleton (Mielnik kick) 2:28
FGHS- Jordan London 55 pass from Singleton (kick fail) 9:13
FGHS- Kyle Martin 3 run (Mielnik kick) 5:29
First Downs 8 21
Rushes -Yards 29-52 45-225
Passing A-C-I 117-5-2 14-8-2
Passing Yards 83 251
Punts - Avg. 4-31 2-37
Penalties Yards 8-55 10-85
Fum - Lost 1-1 0-0
RUSHING -FGHS J.R. Singleton 13-85, Tristan Johnson 12-55, Chris Walker 13-58
MHS - Dominick Blue - 22-13, Max Wallace 5-18
PASSING - FGHS - Singleton 14-8-2-2-225
RECEIVING - FGHS - Jordan London 13-69, Zach Drain 1-21, Hayden Perry 3-119