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September 16, 2013

Konawa churns past Stratford

Konawa —      Seth Walker ran for 219 yards on 34 carries and scored two touchdowns as Konawa knocked off Stratford, 24-15, Friday night in a non-district football clash.

     Walker opened the scoring in the game with a 12-yard run early in the second quarter and closed out the scoring in the fourth with a 20-yard scamper as the Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season.

     Stratford, which fell to 1-1 on the year, actually had more total yards at 258, compared to Konawa’s 222. All of the Tigers’ yards came on the ground, while the      Bulldogs had 124 on the ground and 134 through the air by quarterback Chase Bradstreet, who was 8-of-19 passing.

     Walker’s 12-yard run at the 10:01 mark of the second quarter, lifted the Tigers to a 6-0 advantage as the kick failed.

     Stratford responded five minutes later when Bradstreet hooked up with Montie Thomas on a 34-yard pass and Clay Armstrong’s point-after kick put the Bulldogs up, 7-6.

     But with 46 seconds left in the half, Konawa climbed back on top when Yellowfish scrambled 18 yards for a TD on fourth down. The run failed as the Tigers led 12-7.

     Stratford actually had a chance to go back on top at the break, but a pass completion to the Konawa 3-yard line was short as the first half ended.

     The Bulldogs ultimately took a short-lived 15-12 lead with 5:33 to go in the third when Kyle Qualls scored off a 2-yard run and Kyler Wade added the two-point conversion on a run.

     However, on the ensuing kickoff, Hiawatha Honsinger returned in 80 yards for a touchdown and an 18-15 advantage.

     Then at the 11:25 mark of the fourth quarter, Walker’s 20-yard scoring run iced the game.

     “We made some mistakes that hurt us (two Stratford touchdowns were called back by penalties), but Konawa played well and physical. Walker really ran well for them,” said Stratford head coach Michael Blackburn.

     For the Bulldogs, Qualls finished with 66 yards on 15 carries and Wade ended up with 47 yards on seven attempts.

     Defensively for Stratford, Isaac Miller finished with 12 tackles, Thomas registered 11 and Kyle Wright ended up with 10.

     Stratford plays at Rush Springs on Friday night. Konawa — 2-0 for the first time since the 2006 season — entertains Wewoka in Week 3.

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