By CRAIG HALL
TALIHINA—While the team has a lot of new faces this year, Talihina still has a lot in common with those past teams that set the bar high.
The main similarity is like those standout teams before them, the 2011 Tigers are still winning.
Talihina overwhelmed Panama here Friday night, 45-10, as the Tigers jumped out to a huge lead early and then coasted to the win in their district opener.
And the streak lives on. Friday’s win was Talihina’s 36th-straight regular season victory and like so many before, it was all Tigers.
Talihina scored 27 points in the first quarter behind a mix of the old and new. Returning standout Austin Lawson scored the first two touchdowns before first-year starting quarterback Clark Austin ran for a touchdown and then tossed a 64-yard scoring pass to former lineman, Kash Clemons.
The Tigers scored on their opening drive as Lawson thundered through a big hole and scored from 25-yards out. After holding the Razorbacks, it took Talihina only one play to score again as Lawson again took a handoff, almost tripped after making it in to the secondary, before regaining his footing and sprinting for the touchdown to make the score, 14-0, after two PATs by Austin.
Austin took care of the next touchdown on a 12-yard run before hitting Clemons on a 64-yard pass late in the first quarter.
Talihina added another score early in the second quarter on a 31-yard interception return by Josh James and the Tigers were able to celebrate their homecoming early.
The win improves Talihina to 5-0 overall, 1-0 in 2A-6 play while the young Razorbacks dropped to 0-5 and 0-2. Talihina’s only close game came in week two with an 18-14 win at Gore.
Talihina visits Pocola next week while Panama hosts Hartshorne.