Regand Ardery ran for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown to pace a punishing Stratford ground game, and the Bulldogs bounced back from last week’s loss at Wayne to manhandle Dibble, 42-7, Friday night at Blackburn Stadium.
The victory left Stratford at 7-2 overall and 4-2 in District A-5, and the Bulldogs can wrap up the third spot in the league standings with a victory at Maysville Friday.
Elsewhere in area football on the next-to-last Friday night of the regular season, Sulphur (3-6, 2-3) stayed alive in the District 3A-2 playoff race with a 49-6 victory over Pauls Valley; Coalgate (5-4, 5-1) won for the fifth time in six games, beating Antlers on the road, 47-21; Tishomingo rallied to beat winless Konawa, 33-27, in another District 2A-4 contest; Holdenville wrapped up the third spot in District 2A-5 with a 47-14 victory over Mounds; and Allen was eliminated from the District B-3 playoff race with a 50-0 mercy-rule loss at home to top-ranked Dewar.
Stratford 42, Dibble 7
Ardery, who hadn’t rushed for 100 yards in his first three years as a varsity player, turned the trick for the second time in three weeks, and quarterback Chase Chamberlain also ran for 100 yards as Stratford piled up 321 rushing yards on 49 attempts.
Clay Rindal added 60 yards on 11 carries and gave the Bulldogs an early lead on a 13-yard run midway through the first quarter. Chamberlain hit Nick Cosby for the two-point conversion to put Stratford up 8-0.
Cosby’s one-yard run with 37 seconds left in the period and Chamberlain’s run on the conversion made it 16-0 heading to the second quarter, then Chamberlain scored on a 21-yard scamper and Ardery added a nine-yarder in the final 5:32 of the half to make it 29-0 at intermission.
Chamberlain hit Tommy Lawson with a 30-yard scoring pass with 8:16 left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 36-0, and Rindal’s one-yard run with 8:44 to play wrapped up the Stratford scoring. Seth Hamby caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Ricks against the Bulldog reserves with just 46 seconds remaining to spoil the shutout bid.
Rindal also had eight tackles and Cosby and Tyler Gaines added six stops apiece for the Stratford defense, which limited Dibble to just two first downs and 110 total yards.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Stratford coach Michael Blackburn said. “Dibble isn’t the same caliber as Wayne, but we came back and took care of business.”
Holdenville 47, Mounds 14
Holdenville (7-2, 3-2) rebounded from back-to-back losses and manhandled Mounds. The Wolverines built a 35-0 lead, then the reserves played the rest of the way.
Tré Harjo subbed for injured quarterback Collin Meadors and threw touchdown passes of 25 yards to Denzel Hughes and 11 yards to Caleb Deer to ignite a 28-0 first-quarter run. Landon Stallings scored on runs of five and 10 yards in the final 5:02 of the period.
The Holdenville defense got in the act early in the second quarter, when Deer recovered a fumble, returned it 47 yards to the Mounds goal line, then lateraled to Wesley Linker, who covered the final three yards for the touchdown. Deer’s theatrics drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the score stood and the Wolverines led 35-8 at intermission after Mounds got on the board on a one-yard run by Ryan Laws with 2:45 left in the half.
Third-straight quarterback Dakota Fish hit Josiah Nyberg on a 36-yard touchdown pass with 1:47 left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 41-8, and after Alex Herring scored on a 34-yard run for Mounds, Fish wrapped up the scoring on a two-yard run with less than two minutes left.
Holdenville outgained the visitors, 267-145, and forced three turnovers. Fish had his best game as a varsity player, completing 3-of-5 passes for 51 yards and rushing three times for a game-high 59 yards. Harjo, making his first start of the season at quarterback, was 3-for-4 through the air and added 16 yards on two rushing attempts before heading to the bench.
The Wolverines close out the regular season Friday at Meeker.
Dewar 50, Allen 0
The host Mustangs were without quarterback Brady Caldwell, who suffered a knee injury in practice Wednesday. Caldwell’s absence was also a big blow to the injury-riddled Allen defense, and Dewar took advantage of every opportunity to score 50 points in less than 21 minutes.
Quarterback Ross Britt threw for 100 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores, and tailback Nathan Wagenor ran for one touchdown and caught a 62-yard pass from Britt for another to pace a Dewar offense that piled up 407 yards in 41 plays before the game was called.
Seth McLean gained 78 yards on 16 carries to account for all but 33 of Allen’s 111 total yards, and sophomore quarterback Conner Johnson — who had just one practice to prepare for the game — completed just 4-of-13 passes for 22 yards.
“When you lose your best player, it’s tough,” Allen coach Kenny Deaton said after seeing his club lose its third straight game to fall to 5-4 overall and 4-4 in District B-3. “Conner did a good job, we just didn’t give him a lot of chances. Dewar is No. 1 for a reason, and we weren’t at our best.”
Allen wraps up its season Friday at Canadian.
Sulphur 49, Pausl Valley 6
The Bulldogs scored three first-quarter touchdowns and never looked back in the huge road win.
Quarterback Ty Williams got thngs sttarted with a 5-yard run at the 8:26 makr of the opening frame and then connected with Caleb Neal with a 45-yard TD pass to put Sulphur on top 14-0.
Dylan Walker followed with TD runs of 8 and 1 yard to push the SHS lead to 28-0.
The Sulphur defense got into the scoring act when Landon Venegas picked off an errant PV pass and zoomed 52 yards to paydirt. Venegas also had a fumble recovery as the Bulldogs forced a whopping seven turnovers on the night (three interceptions and four fumble recoveries).
Walker, who finished with 19 carries for 116 yards, scored his third touchdown of the night n a 20-yard run in the third quarter that put the visitors on top 42-0.
Tylor Graves capped the Sulphur scoring with a 1-yard TD plunge late in the third frame.
Williams threw for 173 yards and the Bulldogs outgained Pauls Valley 404-236.
Sulphur travels to Dickson (2-7, 0-5) in Week 10.