High School Football: Sallisaw gets hammered by Hillldale 49-6 in 4A-4 play
Coming off their first win of the season last week, the Sallisaw High football took on a much tougher foe in the reigning District 4A-4 champions Hilldale.
Everything that went right in last week's win went the opposite direction against Hilldale as the visiting Hornets topped the Black Diamonds 49-6 Friday at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.
“We came out of the locker room and weren't excited to play,” Sallisaw coach Randon Lowe said. “Not to take anything away from Hilldale, they are a good football team and a well coached football team. They got on us early and they never stopped.”
Behind star senior running back Devin Hembry the Hornets were able to run away with this one quickly.
The senior rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns on only six carries.
As Hembry was finding giant size holes Sallisaw wasn't able to find much through the air or on the ground.
“We had a problem blocking them up front,” Lowe said. “It wasn't an issue as far as we weren't talented enough, we just weren't excited to play and that was at all 11 positions on offense and defense.”
Lowe wasn't sure how his team would respond after seeing their nine-game losing streak and 707-day home losing streak come to an end last week in their 42-21 win over Stilwell.
“I didn't know how we'd respond but we responded negatively after a win,” Lowe said. “It's not the way you want to respond. If we got off blocks and made plays we had a chance.”
In the second quarter Sallisaw was able to string together four first downs but after being forced to punt the Black Diamonds found themselves behind the eight ball.
Sallisaw went from potentially scoring a touchdown that makes it a two score game and now were instead down 28-0.
“The wheels fell off even worse,” Lowe said of how the game progressed. “We already had a couple of spares on the truck and when they continued to score the wheels turned flat.”
Hilldale led Sallisaw 42-0 going into halftime.
Nate Asbill rushed for 89 yards on 26 carries including a touchdown.
After Asbill’s 89 yards on the ground the Black Diamonds combined for 66 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Jaxon McTyre was 3-of-10 passing for 18 yards and an interception and also rushed for 27 yards on 11 carries.
Senior Jace Nicholson rushed for 27 yards on six carries and also had two catches for 11 yards.
Sallisaw (1-5 overall, 1-3 4A-4) will travel to Ft. Gibson on Friday.
Kicoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Ft. Gibson (2-4, 2-1) is coming off a nail bitting 21-20 win at home over Muldrow.
Last year the Tigers handed the Black Diamonds their lone shutout of the season when Ft. Gibson edged Sallisaw 30-0.