WAGONER — The last two Wagoner-Oologah contests have come down to a field goal including last year’s overtime win by the Mustangs. If that wasn’t enough motivation for the Bulldogs, comments made earlier in the week made it even more personal.
Wagoner held Oologah to just 33 total yards in the first half while building a 24-0 lead en route to a 38-19 win Thursday night at W. L. Odom Stadium.
The win sets up a matchup at Bristow next week for control of District 4A-3. Both teams are 4-0 in district play.
“What happened last year mattered a lot,” said Wagoner head coach Dale Condict. “This was a similar situation. They were still trying to find themselves and we didn’t take them serious enough. The kids and coaches were glued in more this year.”
Wagoner (6-1 and 4-0 in district play) dominated the game defensively the entire first half. The Bulldogs held Oologah (3-4, 1-3) to just 15 yards rushing and 18 passing. Oologah would net just 24 yards on the ground for the game.
The Bulldog defense also forced two first half turnovers. Isaac Smith recovered a fumble on Oologah’s first offensive possession and Brian Trimble picked off a pass on the Mustangs’ only penetration in Wagoner territory before halftime.
Defensive end Jessie Fair said comments made about Oologah’s offensive line added even more motivation for the Wagoner defense.
“They made a comment about their o-line being the reason they would win,” Fair said. “We took it personal. We like to think of our defensive line as the most physical in the state. Last year wasn’t a good feeling, so we were ready.”
It took Wagoner just three plays to take an early lead following Smith’s fumble recovery at the Oologah 24. Sawyer Jones, who threw for 124 yards, connected with Chase Nanni for a 24-yard scoring pass that made it 6-0.
Wagoner used a short field early in the second to drive for its next score. Again it was Jones who used his arm connecting with Jaden Snyder for completions of 12 and 22 yards. Jones then rushed 14 yards to set up Chochee Watson’s 6-yard run to make it 13-0.
Watson scored again on Wagoner’s next possession to put the Bulldogs up 21-0 with 5:08 left before halftime.
A long kickoff return set the Mustangs up near midfield. Oologah moved to the Wagoner 39 before back to back losses moved them back to the 50. Trimble came up with an interception at the Wagoner 4 with 2:28 left.
Jones hit Nanni for 27 yards on third and long and then rushed 49 yards to the Oologah 22 to set up Snyder’s 40-yard field goal as time expired giving Wagoner a 24-0 halftime lead.
“We played exceptional in the first half,” Condict said. “Sawyer had a good game. His running continues to improve. He is getting more comfortable with things. The game is starting to slow down for him.”
Wagoner wasn’t as sharp in the second half. A fumbled punt led to a Mustang score early in the third quarter. A long pass play and penalties contributed to two other Mustang scores late in the game.
But the Wagoner offense continued to roll. A Jamon Davis interception led to Wagoner’s first score of the second half. The drive was kept when Jones scrambled for 17 yards on fourth and 16. Jones would later score on a 1-yard run to make it 31-6.
Braden Drake, who finished with 105 yards rushing, made it 38-7 midway through the fourth quarter with a 36-yard run.
WAGONER 38, OOLOGAH 19
Score by quarters
Oologah 0 0 6 13 – 19
Wagoner 6 18 7 7 – 38
WAG – Chase Nanni 24 pass from Sawyer Jones (pass failed) 6:46
WAG – Chochee Watson 6 run (Jaden Snyder kick) 8:44
WAG – Watson 1 run (Jones pass to Nanni) 5:08
WAG – FG, Snyder 40 0:00
OOL – Brennen Davis 17 pass from Blake Salt (kick failed) 8:50
WAG - Jones 1 run (Snyder kick) 0:48
WAG – Braden Drake 36 run (Snyder kick) 6:12
OOL – Davis 47 pass from Salt (kick failed) 4:41
OOL – Salt 1 run (Mayson Powell kick) 1:00
First downs 10 16
Rushes-yards 23-24 45-236
Passing yards 157 124
Passes 14-22-2 11-17-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1
Punts-average 4-35 3-32
Penalties-yards 2-10 5-62
RUSHING – Oologah, Zac Wright 12-16; Wagoner Braden Drake 13-105 TD.
PASSING – Oologah, Blake Salt 14-22-2 157 2TD; Wagoner, Sawyer Jones 11-17-0 124 TD.
RECEIVING – Oologah, Brennen Davis 3-74 2TD; Wagoner, Chase Nanni 3-65 TD.