MARIETTA — Coalgate used a punishing defense, the running of tailback Jordan Black and a quick-strike passing offense to blank Marietta, 25-0, Friday night in the Wildcats’ final prep for this week’s home showdown with top-ranked (Class 2A) Davis.

Senior linebacker Kyle Stowe recorded a season-high 22 tackles and intercepted two passes to lead a defensive unit that held Marietta to just 72 total yards and less than one and a half yards per carry on 50 rushing plays. Curtis John also had 11 tackles and three pass break-ups, and Matt Mowdy recorded nine tackles and a sack as Coalgate won its fourth straight game after a season-opening loss to Henryetta. Black also had a good night on defense with seven tackles from his spot in the secondary.

“The defense played extremely well,” first-year Coalgate coach Jeremy Reed said. "ßWe wanted a shutout, and that was a big thing for our kids. We didn’t give up any big plays, and their quarterback (Booba Anderson) was probably the best individual player we’ve seen all year.”

Black, who entered the week as Class 2A’s leading rusher, had his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game of the season with 137 yards on 22 carries, and he scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns after Coalgate struggled to a 7-0 lead at halftime.

Cole, who has struggled this season after leading the state in passing efficiency at Tishomingo last year, threw a pair of long touchdown passes, but he completed just 4-of-16 passes and threw his 11th interception of the season. The Wildcats were also hurt by 15 penalties for 130 yards.

“Our offense was very inconsistent,” Reed said. “Every time we did something good, we got a penalty. We had some big plays negated by stupid penalties on our part, and that’s something we have to get corrected this week.”

Cole hit Linton on a 60-yard pass on the game’s first offensive play, but Coalgate didn’t score again until Black scored from two yards out with 7:54 remaining in the third period to make it 13-0. After a turnover, Black added another scoring run — this time from 12 yards out — with 5:40 still left in the quarter, and Cole hit Dakota Spears on a 34-yard scoring pass with 1:02 left in the game to wrap up the scoring.

Linton caught two passes for 72 yards, and Curtis John had the other reception for the Wildcats.

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