By CRAIG HALL
SPIRO—It was simply a case of too much speed and big plays as Spiro sped past Heavener, 46-14, Friday night in 3A-8 play.
The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs as Spiro improves to 5-2 and 2-2 in district play while Heavener drops to 2-6 and 1-4.
Heavener is back at home for the final two weeks of the season, hosting Beggs in a non-district game on Friday and then Idabel on Nov. 7.
The Wolves, absent many of their starters, could not contain Spiro standouts McKinley Whitfield and D.T. Neal.
Neal scored three touchdowns and Whitfield added another in the first quarter as Spiro built a 27-0 lead over the first 12 minutes. Neal got the scoring started with a 30-yard run only 1:33 into the contest.
Whitfield followed with a 76-yard scoring burst before Neal returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown and then added a 71-yard run.
After neither team scored in the second quarter, Neal added a 38-yard touchdown early in the third quarter for his fourth score of the night.
Chad Tye pushed the lead to 40-0 with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard run before Grant Shipman put the Wolves on the board with an 11-yard run with 3:38 left.
Trey Steele broke a 64-yard for Spiro’s final score before Heavener finished up the scoring with only 15 seconds left on a 2-yard blast by Jordan Terry.
Whitfield, one of the top prospects in the state, had three cross country runs called back by penalties and as good as he was on offense, made just as big of an impact on defense from his safety position.
Heavener was without several of its best players, serving a one-game suspension for leaving the bench area during an altercation in last week’s loss to Roland.
Dillan Stallings picked up 73 yards on 21 carries while Derrick Goodmanson had several good runs late while rushing for 59 yards on six carries.
The loss eliminates Heavener from the playoffs. Spiro travels to Stigler for a key game on Friday before hosting Valliant on Nov. 7