Senior tailback Austin Black and sophomore quarterback Chase Chamberlain both rushed for over 200 yards, and Stratford remained in the thick of the District A-5 race with a 48-28 victory over Mounds Thursday night at Blackburn Stadium.

With the win — the Bulldogs’ third in a row overall and fourth straight in district play since a Week 2 loss to league leader Stroud — Stratford improved to 4-3 and moved to 4-1 in A-5, good for a tie for second with this week’s opponent, Dewar.

In other action Thursday involving area teams, Allen (2-5, 2-3) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 56-6 District B-2 victory over Central High, and Konawa (3-4, 2-3 in District A-5) snapped a two-game skid with a 30-26 non-district win over Wellston.

At Stratford

Stratford 48, Mounds 28

Black, one of the state’s hottest running backs since he returned from a knee injury that forced him to miss the first two games of the season, posted a career-best rushing total for the second straight week, gaining 228 yards on 27 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Chamberlain, who, like Black, rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2007, added a season-high 206 yards on just 13 trips and scored four times as the Bulldogs posted seasons highs in rushing yardage (471) and total yards (540).

“It was kind of a track meet early,” Stratford coach Michael Blackburn said after seeing his club and Mounds (1-6, 1-5) combine for 34 points in the first seven minutes. “We gave up too many big plays in the passing game. We have to get better back there. We had two picks, but we probably dropped three others.”

Mounds quarterback Michael Herring threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns, but he was just 16-for-38 and was intercepted by Chamberlain and Adam Vanlandingham. The visitors were also held to minus-4 yards on 23 rushes by a Stratford run defense that seems to be improving with every game. John Sinnett had 11 tackles, and Cody Watts added six stops to lead the defensive effort.

“Austin and Chase ran hard, but we didn’t play real well offensively the second half,” Blackburn said. “We played pretty well in the first half after the opening kickoff.”

Austin Greenfield returned the opening kickoff 85 yards to give Mounds an early 7-0 lead, then Stratford used big plays by Chamberlain and Black to score 20 unanswered points in less than five minutes.

Chamberlain started the scoring parade with a 76-yard run on the Bulldogs’ first offensive play to cut the Mounds lead to 7-6, then Black gave Stratford the lead for good on a 36-yard gallop just two minutes later. Black’s 52-yard run with 6:52 still left in the opening quarter put the Bulldogs up 20-7, and after Herring hit Corde Lamb from 12 yards out with five minutes left in the period to make it 20-14, Stratford scored the next 22 points to put the game away.

Black started the pivotal run with a 14-yard scoring burst just seven seconds into the second quarter, and Chamberlain’s 11-yard run with 1:05 left in the half made it 34-14 at the break. Chamberlain scored again from 12 yards out midway through the third period and ran for the two-point conversion to put the Bulldogs up 42-14, then the teams alternated touchdowns the rest of the way, with Herring sandwiching scoring passes to Greenfield and Dustin Shelton around a 48-yard Chamberlain run late in the fourth quarter.

In addition to his big game running the ball, Chamberlain also completed three of his seven pass attempts for 69 yards, with two of the completions going to Adam Vanlandingham for 64 yards.

At Allen

Allen 56, Central 6

Levi Howard and Michael Frazier combined for eight of Allen’s nine touchdowns, and the Mustangs kept alive their slim hopes for a playoff spot out of District B-2 with the mercy rule victory.

Howard scored on a 21-yard run and Cory Baldinger added a 46-yarder to help Allen to a 16-0 lead after one quarter, then the Mustangs blew the game open with 22 unanswered points in the second period.

Howard’s 55-yard punt return and Frazier’s conversion run made it 24-0, then Frazier — who was 6-for-8 for 213 yards and two long touchdown passes — scored on a 73-yard run and hit Scott Manuel with a 76-yard TD strike to put Allen on top 38-0 at intermission.

Central finally broke its scoring drought with a third-quarter touchdown, then the Mustangs scored the game’s final 18 points — all in the fourth quarter — on an 80-yard pass from Frazier to Brett Edens and scoring bursts of 11 and six runs by Howard.

Allen posted season highs in rushing yards (319), passing yards and total yards, with Howard (22 carries for 136 yards) and Frazier (8-for-107) leading the way on the ground.

“Michael Frazier did an outstanding job,” first-year Allen coach Kenny Deaton said. “He was accurate passing the ball and did a good job running. He had a super night.”

The Mustang defense also turned in a big effort, limiting Central to 40 yards on 57 plays and just four first downs — three of them via penalty (Allen was penalized a staggering 20 times for 140 yards).

Reece Lewis had 12 tackles kand Tanner Ashby added nine, and Baldinger had a blocked punt, a fumble recovery and a sack (all in the first quarter) to go with his touchdown run.

“Cory Baldinger set the tone for us early,” Deaton said. “It was just an all-around good effort from everybody, and it was nice to get back in the win column.”

Allen returns to action Friday, traveling to Ryan for a critical District B-2 contest.

“We have to win out to make the playoffs,” Deaton said.