Roland set the tone early against Okmulgee.
Brooks Robertson hit Austin Cantrell for a 73-yard touchdown on a post route over the middle on the Rangers’ first play from scrimmage Friday night. The Rangers never looked back, rolling to a 40-6 victory.
“That set the stage,” head coach Jeff Streun said of the opening pass. “Brooks did a good job. You’ve got to like the type of production we got.”
Robertson completed seven of 10 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
“Our quarterback and receivers have been much improved,” Streun said. Our protection was good.”
Robertson hit Madison Bunch for a 12-yard scoring pass later in the quarter, then found Rashawn Eubanks for an 18-yard TD pass with 10:01 to go in the seconds quarter. It was suddenly 19-0. (This was after a 25-yard Corey Whizenant TD run had been called back.)
Sebastian Chandler then picked off an Okmulgee pass and rolled into the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown with 2:12 to go in the half.
Later in the half Chris Reese caused a fumble in Okmulgee territory and Whizenant scored from 23 yards out. Once again, the touchdown was negated by a penalty.
It was 33-0 by halftime.
On the game the Rangers gained 312 total yards to 120 for the Bulldogs. Roland held Okmulgee to an astounding negative 56 yards rushing. The Bulldogs’ Wilson completed 10 of 18 passes for 176 yards and one TD against two interceptions.
Roland rushed for just 99 yards on 35 tries, led by Laython Carter. He picked up 50 yards on 10 carries, including a touchdown. Robertson ran six times for 36 yards and Whizenant six times for 25 yards.
Cantrell’s 73 yards led receivers. Eubanks added 62 yards and two TDs on three catches, while Bunch caught two for 55 yards and one TD.
“We had a good performance,” Streun said. “We had great offensive production and great defensive production.”
Now 2-1, the Rangers enter 3A-8 play Friday when they visit Checotah.