KONAWA — A huge district contest took place in Konawa Friday night and the game held up its billing as the contest went into overtime before being decided by Stratford’s star of the night — senior Chase Devereaux — whose 6-yard run in OT gave the visiting Bulldogs a thrilling 35-29 win.

“I’m proud of our guys and what they accomplished tonight,” Stratford coach Michael Blackburn said of his team. “Konawa played so hard tonight, it was just a great played game.”

Both clubs played almost mistake- free ball in the first half as a good crowd on hand saw Konawa move down the field with long sustained drives and Stratford strike for quick scores.

Konawa was much more methodical, piling up 162 yards in the air and 175 on the ground as the Tigers owned the lead twice in the contest.

The Bulldogs scored on lightning quick plays all night long on the ground and piled up 387 yards rushing as two Stratford ball carriers eclipsed the 100-yard mark. Devereaux had 10 carries for 228 yards and four touchdowns and Austin Black countered with 21 carries for 159 yards and another score.

Stratford was the first club to get into the scoring column when Black capped a five-play, 60-yard drive with a 20-yard TD run making the score 7-0 with 7:07 left in the first quarter.

Konawa hit on one of its big pass plays as Cylas Foster hauled in a 45-yard pass from Andrew Barnard. The Tigers then fooled the Bulldogs on a two-point conversion off an option pass from Foster to Kyle White as Konawa took an 8-7 lead early in the second quarter.

With 4:48 left before halftime Konawa’s Barnard went in on a two-yard quarterback keeper, pushing the KSH lead to 15-7.

After a missed Konawa field goal, the Bulldogs made good use of the last 24 seconds in the half as Devereaux bolted 71 yards off a veer dive and raced into the end zone as the first half horn sounded. Devereaux ran in on the two-point try tying the score at 15-15.

After a Stratford fumble in the third quarter, Konawa was back in business as it was running back Jarrod Porter’s turn to score from 7 yards out giving the Tigers a 21-15 lead.

The Bulldogs didn’t wait long and finished off a three-play, 80-yard drive with another 71 yard TD run by Devereaux, and after Justin Hannah put the extra point through, Stratford was back on top 22-21 with 5:24 left in the third quarter.

“Chase played so well for us tonight. He made so many big plays to help us out, this was his game,” Backburn said.

Stratford went back on offense three minutes later, and it was again Devereaux finding running room in the middle of the Konawa defense, this time racing 61 yards for the score and the Bulldogs led at that point, 29-21.

Konawa tied the game midway throught the final quarter on a nifty 60-yard pass play from Barnard to wide receiver Lee Stoup. Foster then caught the two-point conversion pass to knot the score at 29-29.

Both clubs had chances to win the contest in regulation, but this game would be decided in overtime.

Konawa had the ball first in the extra period, but was held out on fourth down as Bulldog defender Blake Bryan knocked down a Barnard pass in the end zone stopping the Tiger drive.

“At the beginning of overtime, I just told them this is what it’s all about guys,” Blackburn commented.

Stratford’s offense went to work on its OT possession, and it was ball carrier Devereaux finishing off the game with his fourth touchdown on a 6-yard game-winning run up the middle as the Bulldogs escaped Konawa with the victory.

The Bulldogs are now 3-1 in district play and Konawa moves to 1-3.

The Konawa Tigers will travel to Wayne Friday trying to get back on the winning track while Stratford will play host to the second-ranked Velma-Alma Comets at Blackburn Field in a tough non-district Class A battle.

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