The Coalgate Wildcats got three touchdowns from playmaker Dale Powell and sped past struggling Konawa 47-0 Friday night at Donald Mike Mayer Field.
The Wildcats roll into the Class 2A playoffs with a 6-4 mark, winning five of six District 2A-4 contests to finished second behind No. 2 Davis. Coalgate will host an 8-2 Frederick team in the first round of the playoffs. The Bombers finished third in District 2A-3 despite outscoring their foes 507-187 — which included a 90-48 dismantling of Cordell in Week 10.
Meanwhile, the news went from bad to worse for Konawa, which finished the season at 0-10 and lost quarterback Alex Yellowfish at the 8:57 mark of the first quarter with a high ankle sprain. Yellowfish — one of the area’s top guards — is not expected to miss any of the upcoming basketball season.
It didn’t take long for Coalgate and Powell to set the tone.
Powell took the opening kickoff at the 17, sped to his left and raced nearly untouched down the sideline for an 83-yard return for a touchdown. The PAT kick missed, leaving the score 6-0 just 16 seconds into the contest.
After a celebration penalty that was accessed on the kickoff and a failed onside attempt, Konawa started off with great field position at the CHS 37. Three straight Yellowfish rushes totaling 16 yards got the Tigers to the 20.
But a holding penalty combined with a six-yard sack by Coalgate D-lineman Dylan Franklin nullified the hot start by Yellowfish. Then, on second-and-forever from the 37 (where the drive started), Franklin and Shay Loudermilk teamed up for another sack that forced Yellowfish from the game with his injury at the 8:57 mark.
New quarterback Hiawatha Honsinger was sacked by Cody Pebworth, pushing Konawa back three more yards on third down and things went from bad to worse for the Tigers on fourth down.
An errant snap went past freshman punter Tommy Frazier, resulting in a 20-yard loss.
Coalgate took over at the Konawa 37 and although two penalties wiped out long Powell runs — including a 30-yard TD scamper), a pass from quarterback Nolan Fanning to tight end Lance Walker covering 25 yards go the ball to the 1. Bradley Stowe bulled his way into the end zone from there and Fanning connected with Aaron Duncan for the two-point conversion, putting the hosts on top 14-0 at the 6:09 mark of the opening frame.
Despite losing Yellowfish (who didn’t return), Konawa again threatened to score on its next drive thanks to the strong running of tailback Stephen Cully, who would finish with 140 yards on 21 carries. He reeled off a 29-yard burst on first down and three carries later — with help from a 15-yard facemask penalty — had Konawa at the Coalgate 24. But on fourth down, Stowe sacked Honsinger, ending that KHS drive.
On Coalgate’s next play, reserve tailback Chris Welch burst through a big hole at the line of scrimmage and outraced the Konawa defense 71 yards for a score, making it 20-0 with 3:25 left in the first quarter.
After a Konawa three-and-out and a 24-yard punt return by Coalgate’s Brandon Long, the Wildcats needed just two plays to score. Powell knifed through the KHS defense en route to a 43-yard TD run and a Fanning PAT kick made it 27-0 heading into the second period.
It didn’t take Coalgate long to strike again.
After Dustin Ybarra recovered a fumble, Fanning hit a wide open Walker with an 80-yard TD pass to push the Coalgate advantage to 33-0.
Powell scored his third TD of the night on a 45-yard dash and Franklin kicked his first of two Coalgate PATs to make it 40-0 with 6:57 left before intermission.
The Wildcats rounded out the scoring when — after three rushes for 56 yards got Coalgate into the red zone — Shay Loudermilk cut into the end zone from nine yards out. Powell would end with 166 yards on just seven carries to pace the Coalgate offense, which generated 423 total yards.
Konawa missed one final opportunity to avoid the shutout when the Tigers marched from their own 4 to the Coalgate 8. But Honsinger overthrew a receiver in the end zone on fourth down, wasting the 11-play, 88-yard drive.