By CRAIG HALL
STIGLER–On a wet and stormy night, Heavener had much better numbers than Stigler in many areas, despite a 32-6 loss.Heavener at Stigler box
The Wolves had more total offense and rushing yards. The big difference, however, was Heavener also had more turnovers.
Heavener lost three fumbles and threw an interception, turning a tight game into the lopsided defeat.
Trailing 7-0 late in the second quarter, Heavener put together an impressive drive as the Wolves drove deep into Stigler territory before a fumble inside the 10 ended the threat.
With the rain coming down in sheets, on the opening drive of the third quarter, Heavener again drove the length of the field and scored on a 4-yard blast up the middle by Luke McGee. The PAT missed, leaving the Wolves behind 7-6.
Stigler responded with its best drive of the game, scoring on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Trace Maxwell from Dylan Bryant. After the successful extra point, the Panthers were up, 14-6.
That set the stage for the big momentum switch. Heavener threw an interception and fumbled on its next possession, allowing Stigler to score two additional touchdowns within two minutes.
What had been a nailbiter, was now a 26-6 deficit. Stigler finished off the scoring after recovering another fumble in the fourth quarter for the final 32-6 margin.
Despite the loss, Heavener out gained the Panthers 240-180 and rushed for 159 yards while holding Stigler to only 17 yards on the ground.
This one can’t be blamed on Heavener’s defense. The Wolves held Stigler to only one touchdown in the first half despite almost all of the first two quarters played in Heavener’s territory.
Bryant, who finished with 163 yards passing, was only 4-13 in the first half for 34 yards. The Panthers were held to -5 yards rushing in the first two quarters.
On offense, Dillan Stallings topped the century mark again with 113 yards on 28 carries. McGee added an additional 41 on five rushes.
The loss drops Heavener to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in 3A-8 play. Stigler improves to 2-4 and 2-1 in the district. Heavener returns home to Harvey Stadium on Thursday to host Roland while Stigler visits district leader Eufaula.
In other 3A-8 games on Friday, Roland handed Idabel its first loss of the year, 19-6, and Eufaula blanked Valliant, 41-0. Spiro’s non-district game with Stroud was cancelled due to heavy storms.
Look for an expanded story and preview of the Roland game in Wednesday’s Ledger
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