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Mustangs knock out Sallisaw, gallop to quarterfinals

[ 0 ] November 20, 2013 |

By CHRIS EDENS

City Editor

Oologah outshined the Black Diamonds Friday night and advanced to the 4A football quarterfinals.

Oologah #8 took down #6 Sallisaw 28-17 at Mustang Stadium in the first round of the playoffs.

The Mustangs grabbed the momentum with a touchdown just before half and an interception to start the third. The Oologah defense only allowed 75 yards rushing and Sallisaw had nine possessions that were three and out.

“It was a great win for us. One of the most impressive things was our defense,” Oologah head coach Brandon Craig said. “The coaches did a good job game planning and the kids were really clued in on what they needed to do. We knew Sallisaw was explosive and we had to get them out of their game plan.”

Sophomore running back Jimmy McKinney returned to the lineup Friday after being sidelined with a shoulder injury.McKinneyand Chance Keim shared rushing duties against Sallisaw.

“It’s good to get him back,” coach Craig said. “We’ve got two good running backs with Chance and Jimmy. They both had over 100 yards and the offensive line did a nice job.”

Oologah will travel to Oklahoma City to take on Douglass Friday night. The Mustangs moved up to #6 in 4A rankings. Douglass is ranked #3 with a 10-1 record. Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark has signed to play at LSU.

“Douglass is fast and they’re tremendously athletic. They’re the most disciplined team we’ll see all year,” coach Craig said. “It’s going to be difficult to go get yards against them. We need to keep our offense on the field. We may only get a few yards per carry so we need to stay patient. It’s going to be a difficult test.”

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