By CRAIG HALL
PANAMA—Blake Smittle had another big game for Heavener and the Wolves moved a step closer to the playoffs with a 28-14 win over a vastly improved Panama team here Friday night in a 2A-6 district game.
The Heavener junior rushed for 190 yards on 20 carries and scored the Wolves’ first three touchdowns in the come-from-behind win.
Heavener did not put the game away until the fourth quarter when quarterback Tyler Hamm dropped back to pass, scrambled out of the pocket and sprinted in from 65 yards out to put the Wolves ahead, 28-7.
Panama shocked the Wolves early. The Razorbacks used an onside kick to start the game and recovered. Panama moved quickly down the field and grabbed an early lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by James Sisco to go ahead, 7-0.
Heavener answered early in the second quarter on a 24-yard run by Smittle. The game remained tied through the rest of the second quarter.
The Wolves finally took the lead early in the third quarter on a 41-yard run by Smittle to take a 14-7 lead.
Heavener drove to the Panama 10 late in the third quarter, but a fumbled snap on fourth down gave the Razorbacks the ball.
Panama had to punt from its own zone and Heavener took over after a short punt on the Razorbacks’ 20. Hamm carried it to the 6 and on the next play, Smittle scored his third touchdown. After the PAT was blocked, Heavener led, 20-7.
After a Panama turnover, Hamm scored the clinching touchdown and Smittle added the two-point conversion for a 28-7 lead.
The Razorbacks added their final touchdown with 6:15 left on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Bourne to Jace Cheeley.
In addition to Smittle’s big game, Hamm rushed for 108 yards on six carries.
The game was a key contest for the fourth and final playoff spot in the district. The loss eliminated Panama from the playoffs with the winner of next Friday’s game between the Wolves and Pocola grabbing the final playoff spot behind Vian, Hartshorne and Wilburton.
Heavener improved to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in district play in winning its second straight game. Panama, which snapped a 17-game losing streak last week against Pocola, drops to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the district.