FORT GIBSON — Fort Gibson’s seniors will have a night to remember for a long time to come.
The Tigers evened their record and grabbed third in District 4A-4 with a 28-14 win over Broken Bow at Leo Donahue Tiger Stadium to finish out the regular season.
Fort Gibson jumped out to an early lead on its first possession and never looked back. Behind the strong running of Tavien Woodworth, Fort Gibson took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards for the first score of the game. Woodworth touched the ball eight times on the 10-play drive that culminated with a Cole Mahaney-to-Dylan Mills 13-yard strike for the touchdown. toss to Mills for the score.
“What can I say about Tavien (Woodworth) is what I say every week, the kid just runs his butt off,” said Fort Gibson coach Greg Whiteley. “He’s got 10 other guys out there that work hard for him.”
After the two teams traded the next two possessions, the Tigers defense, which held the Savages to 108 yards of total offense in the first half, forced a fumble that was recovered by Devan Woodworth at the Broken Bow 40-yard line.
“I am so proud of everyone. Our defense played unbelievable tonight, they really did,” said Whiteley.
The Tigers (5-5, 5-2) wasted no time in capitalizing on the turnover. Mahaney floated a pass deep to Cameron Dornan for a 40-yard touchdown for the score to put Fort Gibson up 14-0.
“He (Mahaney) has grown up a lot, he is a savvy kid,” said Whiteley. “He understands the game and for him to play like he is playing now and to have never played quarterback I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Fort Gibson’s fourth drive was more of the Woodworth show. Starting from their own 7-yard line, the Tigers drove 93 yards with Tavien Woodworth doing most of the damagecarrying the ball six times for 92 yards — the longest being 63 yards — on the drive that was eventually capped by a one-yard dive by Mahaney.
“Me and the boys just went to work,” said Woodworth. “We knew it was going to be a big game and big to give us momentum going in to the first round of the playoffs. It feels awesome. My big boys up front just went to work.”
Broken Bow (6-4, 4-3) did find the scoreboard in the first half with only 28 seconds left, but had to use a trick play to get there. The Savages started at the Tigers 49, and on the third down Chandler Fleming pitched back to Brian Garrett for what appeared to be a reverse, only to pull up and toss to Britton McKinney for a 43-yard score to pull the Savages to within 14 at 21-7.
Broken Bow tried to make a game of it in the fourth quarter. Trailing 21-7, the Savages put together a six-play drive that covered 53 yards and was aided by a personal foul penalty that set them up at the Tigers eight-yard line. After a short run, Fleming hooked up with Garrett for a six-yard score to pull Broken Bow to within a touchdown at 21-14.
After a Mahaney interception, the Tigers defense forced a punt and with 7:29 left, Woodworth showed up again. Coming in to the night, Woodworth had amassed 1,842 yards rushing and added to that total with all nine plays on the ensuing drive being rushes by Woodworth, picking up 72 yards and capping it with a five-yard run to the end zone. Woodworth finished the night with 271 yards rushing on 35 carries.
“I thought our fullbacks, Jesse Rudd, did a great job blocking as well as Tim Murphy and Braden Roberts and Karsen Austin and our line did a tremendous job tonight,” said Whiteley.
Fort Gibson enters the first round of the playoffs next Friday night with a trip to Wagoner — a team they faced in September and lost 49-7. In that game, Mahaney was making only his second start at quarterback.
Broken Bow 14 , Fort Gibson 28
FGHS- Dylan Mills 13 pass from Cole Mahaney (Xan Hazen kick) 7:13
FGHS- Cameron Dornan 40 pass from Mahaney (Hazen kick) 7:17
FGHS- Mahaney one run (Hazen kick) 1:42
BBHS- Britton McKinney 43 pass from Brian Garrett (Jose Olvera kick) :28
BBHS- Garrett 6 pass from Chandler Fleming (Olvera kick) 10:04
FGHS- Tavien Woodworth 5 run (Hazen kick) 1:53
Passing: FGHS Cole Mahaney 4-9-1 97 yds TD; BBHS- Chandler Fleming 7-13-1 113 yds
Receiving: FGHS Dylan Mills 2-41 TD, Cameron Dornan 1-40 TD; BBHS- C. J. Whitfield 3-21, Brian Garrett 2-10 TD
Rushing: FGHS Tavien Woodworth 35-271 TD; BBHS Diego Morales 10-42