The Talihina Golden Tigers football team cannot do any better than it has to this point of the 2012 season, winning all three games â€” including Thursday night's 28-17 win over the Sallisaw Black Diamonds junior varsity at Sallisaw's Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.
â€śWe're glad to be 3-0,â€ť said Kelly Gravitt, Talihina's coach. â€śThursday was our first real test that we had. We had a battle for four quarters. At one point, it was 21-17 after they took the second-half kickoff and scored. Our kids answered and got a big win. It was like the Vian scrimmage (last month) in that they showed us some weaknesses that we're wrapping up this week. This week opens our district play. Being 3-0 doesn't mean anything. We're putting that behind us, and getting ready for district play.â€ť
The Golden Tigers will put their 3-0 record on the line as they begin District A-6 play at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against the Quinton Savages.
The Savages (2-1) won last week 30-14 on the road against the Pocola Indians. After winning their season opener 58-0 over the Tahlequah-Sequoyah JV, they lost their Week 2 game 21-13 to Wilburton.
It's been three years since the Golden Tigers and Savages have met, since they were not in the same district in 2010 or 2011.
â€śIt's a big rivalry for us when we were in this district before,â€ť Gravitt said. â€śThey're as big as we are and fast as we are. Their skill players are very good, like we think ours are. It's going to come down to match-ups. They have some youth and inexperience. We're hoping to exploit that. We're ready to go take care of business and get our first district win.â€ť
To Get There â€” Take Oklahoma State Highway 82 north to Lequire. Take Oklahoma State Highway 31 west to Quinton.