There were a couple of big plays that Sallisaw allowed in its season opener last week against Catoosa.
Those turned out to be few and far between, however, as the Black Diamonds were able to snap a four-game losing streak to Catoosa by pulling out a 22-14 overtime win in the first game played on the new artificial turf surface at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.
Sallisaw's defense allowed only one touchdown in the game, which was a 96-yard pass play to open the second half. Catoosa's other TD came on a kickoff return.
The Diamonds' defense was able to hold Catoosa to 275 yards of total offense, including 56 yards rushing.
By the same token, Sallisaw generated more than 200 yards on the ground, but it was a collective team effort. The leading rusher was Sawyer Pool, who had 83 yards on 11 carries.
Quarterback Jaxon McTyre added 63 yards on 33 carries, and Jace Nicholson had 35 yards on the ground, which included a TD. Nicholson also returned a fumble for the Black Diamonds' first touchdown on the night.
McTyre completed 9-of-20 passes for 70 yards, including a 10-yard TD toss to Rylee Scavo in overtime to put the Diamonds ahead to stay.
Sallisaw (1-0) travels to face Stigler this Friday.
The Bulldogs are now on a two-game winning streak, having won last season's finale against Stilwell and turning right around and taking the 2019 opener last week, coming from behind to defeat Sequoyah-Tahlequah, 26-21.
Muldrow ran fewer plays than Sequoyah, with the Indians running 62 to the Bulldogs' 45. The Indians also had more first downs than the Bulldogs, 12-8.
But the Bulldogs were able to use several big plays to their advantage, including a 22-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Nate Chandler to senior receiver Jaeden Clawson with 2:32 left and Muldrow trailing by a point at that time.
Chandler threw for 125 yards and two TDs, the other a 51-yard strike to freshman Trenden Collins.
Senior tailback Logan Crain added 64 yards on 20 carries and a TD, and he also threw a 46-yard TD pass.
Muldrow's defense also forced four turnovers on the night. Three of those were interceptions, coming from Kaden Chandler, Breckin Allen and Joshua Price. Crain caused a fumble, which was recovered by Eli Crumrine.
Senior lineman Kade Storey registered 11 tackles as well.
The Bulldogs (1-0) travel to Roland on Friday for the renewal of their annual rivalry against the Rangers.
Following a season-opening loss to El Reno, Poteau coach Greg Werner decided a change was in order on offense.
So he switched senior Easton Francis from running back to quarterback. That move helped pay off as Francis was responsible for three total touchdowns as the Pirates built a 33-0 first-half lead en route to a 40-13 win at Durant last Friday.
Francis had Poteau's second TD, a 1-yard run that made the score 14-0. He also threw a 35-yard TD pass to Cameron Duncan in the second quarter, and then hit Dean Odom for a 75-yard TD for Poteau's final score in the third quarter, giving the Pirates (1-1) a commanding 40-0 lead.
For the game, Francis passed for 126 yards and ran for 85 more.
Mason Barcheers added a pair of TD runs as well.
The Pirates also came through defensively, namely junior linebacker Jake Patterson. Patterson had 10 tackles and two sacks, including one on a fourth-down play. Senior lineman Vaka Tuifua added nine tackles, two for loss.
Poteau also forced a fumble on the goal line, with Dauntay Warren making the recovery in the end zone.
The Pirates, ranked No. 6 in 4A this week, will now have their home opener on Friday, taking on former coach Forrest Mazey and McAlester.
It was indeed the Wright stuff for the Wolverines in their season opener last week at Eufaula.
In a 14-2 Vian win, Elijah Wright returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown. Then with less than three minutes left in a one-possession game, Javyn Wright scored Vian's other touchdown on a 10-yard run.
The Wolverines also got a strong performance on defense from Solomon Wright, who had 12 tackles, four for loss. He registered a sack as well.
Vian held Eufaula to 39 yards of total offense. The Ironheads were also 0-for-8 on third-down conversions and turned the ball over three times.
This Friday, the Wolverines, ranked No. 4 in 2A, travel to Tulsa to face Lincoln Christian, the No. 2-ranked squad in 3A.