Heavener riding big Gore win into district opener against Valliant Friday night at home

If ever the Heavener Wolves football team needed a big win, it was last week. In their home opener Sept. 7 at Harvey Stadium, the Wolves shot themselves in the foot and ended up losing 28-21 to the Hartshorne Miners.The Wolves came back last week at home with a strong second half to down the Gore Pirates 31-21 at Harvey Stadium to celebrate homecoming.“It was a big-time win last week,” said Carl Lee, Heavener's new coach. “We came out and bit into the homecoming thing, and played flat in the first half. They were ahead going into halftime. The kids came out in the second half with more emotion and energy, and that was enough to get us over the hump.”Friday night's win was a kind of morale-boosting win the Wolves (2-1) really needed as they begin District 3A-8 play at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night against the Valliant Bulldogs at Harvey Stadium.“Gore was definitely a good team, and they have players who can play against some teams in classes above them,” Lee said. “They're a really good team. Our kids came out and took it to them in the second half. At one point, we were up 31-13. It was really a big game. It was a win to get us going in a good, positive direction, and playing with some emotion. If we do that Friday night, we're going to have a chance to go 1-0 in the district and 3-1 overall. A win would be a good start to the district season.”The Bulldogs (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season last Friday night, suffering a 34-0 shutout at the hands of the Plainview Indians in Ardmore. Prior to that, they won their first two games — 59-13 over Antlers and 28-18 over Hugo. Lee said the ’Dogs will be just as strong a test as the Pirates were.“They have a good quarterback and a good tailback,” he said. “They like to run the option, and they're good at it. They can make things happen. Coach (Brett) Jones does a good job with them. They play hard, and they're going to cause a lot of concerns for us defensively. Their defense is big, and they play physical.”