By CRAIG HALL
HEAVENER—Eufaula took advantage of two Heavener turnovers in the third quarter to score a come-from-behind 17-14 win over the Wolves in the 3A-8 district opener for both teams.
The Ironheads (3-1 and 1-0) trailed 14-7 at halftime but used an interception by Colin Walch to set up the tying touchdown by quarterback Gunner Ford early in the third quarter and then Dakota Ocon stripped the ball from a Heavener runner to set up the eventual winning field goal, also in the third quarter.
In a defensive battle, Eufaula never led until Jake Hunn’s 21-yard field goal with 4:28 left in the third put the Ironheads on top for good.
Neither team threatened to score for the remainder of the game as Heavener’s last threat ran out of downs in the last minute on the Wolves’ half of the field.
Playing without their top two quarterbacks, Dillan Stallings moved over from running back. He gave the large crowd a reason to cheer early on by returning Eufaula’s first punt of the game 87 yards to give the Wolves an early lead.
Koby Whiteis’ PAT was good for a 7-0 lead with 10:04 left in the first quarter.
Eufaula quickly answered, driving for the tying touchdown on a 3-yard run by Hunter Powell. Hunn hit the PAT to tie the score at 7.
Heavener regained the lead late in the second quarter on a 2-yard blast by Luke McGee. The PAT was good again and the Wolves carried the 14-7 lead into halftime.
That was when the two turnovers on back-to-back possessions gave Eufaula the chance to operate on a short field. The Ironheads took advantage with the two scores. Eufaula only managed 211 yards of total offense while holding Heavener to 168.
The loss drops Heavener to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in district play, but the Wolves led in the second half of their last two losses, last week at Muldrow and again against Eufaula.
The game was Heavener’s homecoming and the Wolves’ first home game of the season after their Week 2 game against Vian was moved due to work on the track surrounding the field.
Heavener is back in district action next week at Valliant, a 49-7 loser to Stigler on Friday.