Being in a district that is not an eight-team district, like seven-team District A-6 featuring the Talihina Golden Tigers, it means that there's a choice of two things. One choice is to have an open date, and the other is to find a non-district opponent to fill the void.
The Golden Tigers did not want to have an off week, so last Friday night they welcomed Union Christian Academy from Fort Smith, Ark., to Doc Robinson Stadium — and routed the visitors 55-6.
“We got good reps,” said Kelly Gravitt, Talihina coach. “They had some good-looking skill kids. Their quarterback was 6-4 and their running backs were good players. We got some good reps defensively.”
However, something the score does not indicate is that the Golden Tigers (5-0, 1-0 in District A-6) were slow out of the gate, which is a concern as they return to district play with a homecoming game against the Sallisaw-Central Tigers (3-2, 2-0) at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Doc Robinson Stadium.
“We didn't get a great start offensively,” Gravitt said. “We came out a little flat. We can't do that against the Tigers this week.”
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District A-6 Standings
Team District Overall +/-
Sall.-Central 2-0 2-3 +30
Savanna 1-0 5-0 +15
Talihina 1-0 5-0 +15
Canadian 1-1 3-1 0
Gore 1-1 3-2 0
Haileyville 0-2 0-4 -30
Quinton 0-2 2-3 -30