TULSA â€” For most of the first half â€” even into the third quarter â€” of Saturday night's game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, it didn't look to good for the home team.
Tulsa quarterback Cody Green had two interceptions returned for touchdowns by the Bulldogs, who led 20-7 after one quarter and had a 26-17 advantage after the second pick-six with 12:33 left in the third quarter.
However, the mark of a good team is to find ways to win, and the Golden Hurricane did just that as they ended up with a 27-26 victory.
Friday night's District 4A-4 opener between the visiting Sallisaw Black Diamonds and the Poteau Pirates at Costner Stadium was billed as the No. 10 game in the state of Oklahoma, and it lived up to that billing.
The Pirates were tied with Sallisaw 21-21 at the end of the first half, but the Black Diamonds increased their defensive intensity in the second half. Also, when the Pirates were in the midst of a promising drive, they made silly mistakes, and had the ball deep in Sallisaw's territory only to make a miscue.
HEAVENER â€” After a disappointing home-opening loss two weeks ago to Hartshorne, the Heavener Wolves have bounced back.
The Wolves won for the second straight week as they opened District 3A-8 play with a 47-17 rout of the Valliant Bulldogs Friday night at Harvey Stadium.
PANAMA â€” The Panama Razorbacks were hoping that they could have a happy football homecoming Friday night at George Ollie Stadium. That was not the case.
The Wilburton Diggers spoiled homecoming for the Hogs with a 33-21 victory to begin District 2A-6 play.
SASAKWA â€” The good news for the Arkoma Mustangs was they were not mercy ruled as they were a week ago in their home opener against Maud. The bad news for them was they still suffered a loss.
The Sasakwa Vikings handled the Mustangs 64-24 Friday night in District C-4 action.
STIGLER â€” In the latest installment of the Highway 9 battle between the Spiro Bulldogs and the Stigler Panthers, this one went the way of the Panthers.
The Panthers took the District 3A-8 opener from the Bulldogs by a score of 48-16 Friday night.
MULDROW â€” Last week, the Poteau Pirates freshmen football team as well as the Pansy Kidd Middle School teams pulled off a sweep of Van Buren, Ark. They did it again Thursday night.
The freshmen more than doubled the Muldrow Bulldogs in winning 34-16.
The eighth-grade Raiders got their second straight win with a 28-8 victory, which came on the heels of the seventh-grade Raiders' 20-14 win.
All three teams return to action next Thursday at Sallisaw, with the seventh-grade game beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the eighth-grade game and the freshmen game.
As you all read this week's Gridiron Notes Column, all eight county football teams have began the most important part of their seasons â€” district play.
The 11-man teams began district play Friday night, while the county's 8-man teams â€” Arkoma and Bokoshe â€” did so two weeks ago, ironically against one another.