High School Football: Stigler spoils Sallisaw’s home-opener
It wasn’t the home-opener the Sallisaw High football team was hoping for.
Stigler came in and defeated the host Black Diamonds 49-17 Friday night at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.
“We didn’t play well and Stigler played pretty good,” Sallisaw coach Randon Lowe said. “That’s how the score ended up how it was. We were in the game in the second quarter it was 20-17 and then we quit executing on offense and the game got out of hand.”
Sallisaw sophomore quarterback Jaxon McTyre threw for 182 yards on 15-of-34 passing including a touchdown and led the Black Diamonds on the ground rushing for 61 yards on 15 carries.
Nate Asbill rushed for 22 yards and had a touchdown.
Bennett Lessley had a 74-yard touchdown reception for Sallisaw.
Stigler led Sallisaw 35-17 going into halftime.
However the Panthers blanked the Black Diamonds in the second half.
“We didn’t line up correctly a lot and Stigler is a good enough football team and do enough offensively that they took advantage of that,” Lowe said. “In the third quarter we came out and got a couple of stops and starting crawling back into the game momentum wise and that’s when we started executing on offense.”
Sallisaw (0-2) was looking to improve off of last year’s showing where they fell 49-17 at Catoosa who is a top-five ranked team in Class 4A.
Right now the Black Diamonds are getting in their own way according to Lowe.
“So many kids are going both ways and when something goes wrong on one side they carry it onto the other side of the ball,” Lowe said. “That’s just something we can’t do. After every play we need to erase what happened and hit the delete button and go onto the next play. We’re not doing that right now.”
Conner Daffin had 11 tackles to lead the Black Diamonds while Trenton Jones had nine and Caden Bailey had seven.
Finding that sense of balance is something Sallisaw hasn’t quite been able to do just yet this season.
When the offense is on the defense is off and vice-versa.
Lowe feels he has a talented team they just aren’t executing right now.
“We quit playing catch on offense,” Lowe said. “We’re plenty capable of running an efficient offense we just aren’t doing that right now.”
The Black Diamonds will face another steep test before wrapping up non-district play when they visit Tahlequah this Friday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers (2-0) are off to a hot start this season with wins over Fort Gibson (33-23) and last week over Coweta (47-37).
Sallisaw is simply focused on improving themselves before getting ready to face Tahlequah.
“We are just working on the Black Diamonds right now,” Lowe said. “We have eight more games that are guaranteed and it’s Sallisaw against Sallisaw in all of them. If we do our stuff well and do it 100 miles an hour with 100 percent effort we’ll be fine. Until we learn how to do that it doesn’t matter who our opponent is.”