By Jimmy Stinson
By Jimmy Stinson
CHECOTAH – Checotah made a mess of the District 3A-8 standings here Friday night, forcing a four-way tie at the top with a 22-13 win over the Stigler Panthers.
The win knots the Wildcats (5-1,3-1) and the Panthers (5-2, 3-1) with Spiro and Roland, both of whom were victorious Friday night.
In a game that many expected to be an offensive showcase, the Wildcats did their part on their first drive of the game, an 8-play 80-yard drive that culminated in a five-yard touchdown run by Checotah’s Jerry Casey, giving the Wildcats a 6-0 lead. The extra point attempt was wide right. Checotah quarterback Tyler Addy was nearly perfect on the first drive.
“They came out in a different coverage that I expected, we saw film and they played a cover 2, but we took advantage of the defense they ran,” said Addy..
Stigler’s first possession ended on an interception by Checotah’s Zade Thomason, which led to a field goal and a 9-0 advantage.
The ensuing possession for Stigler was their most productive of the night.
The Panthers went on a 12-play, 89-yard drive that chewed up eight minutes off the clock. Converting on 2 fourth down attempts on the drive, Stigler was able to find the end-zone on a 15- yard toss from Cade Shearwood to his brother Colton Shearwood. The extra point failed bringing the score to 9-6.
The Wildcats would answer with their own time consuming drive covering 10 plays and 80 yards, consuming over five minutes. Addy found Deondre Owens for a 25 yard toss and the Wildcats led 15-6.
The Panthers were not finished either. After returning the kickoff and a penalty, Stigler took over at the Checotah 35 yard line. In only 2:50, Cade Shearwood found the end zone on a six yard scramble. The extra point sailed wide and the halftime score was 15-13.
The second half was a defensive affair. Stigler would drive to the Checotah 1-yard line but was held out of the end zone. The drive consisted of 14 plays and 69 yards with nothng to show for it.
“I have to give credit to our defense,” said Checotah coach Brandon Turley. ”That stop and the turnovers we forced helped our team to the win.”
The Wildcats’ next possession ended in with an interception of an Addy pass by Stigler’s Tekoda Moore. But the Panthers gave it back when quarterback Cade Shearwood lateraled to Seth Sandlin, whose pass was intercepted by Checotah’s Malik Slaton, his first of two on back-to-back possessions.