By CRAIG HALL
VALLIANT—Heavener pretty much dominated every phase of the game in the Wolves’ 3A-8 game at Valliant.
Heavener had more rushing yards, passing yards and unfortunately penalties, which kept what should have been a blowout to a 14-12 win.
The Wolves improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the district. The district loss even looks better after Eufaula, which downed the Wolves 17-14 last week, downed ninth-ranked Spiro, 21-12, last night. The win equaled Heavener’s win total from last year even though four of the five games have been on the road for the Wolves.
On a cool night in deep southeastern Oklahoma, Heavener moved the ball well all night, both lines totally controlled the opponents and there were plenty of big plays on both offense and defense, many wiped out by flags.
Heavener was flagged what has to be a school record 19 times for 167 yards. That was no misprint or type. After the officials tossed eight flags against the Wolves for 57 yards in the first half, they doubled the effort in the second half, throwing 11 more for 110 yards.
Leading 14-6 shortly before halftime, Heavener had two touchdowns called back because of penalties to keep Valliant in the game.
Both Valliant scores were aided by penalties. With a 14-0 lead, Heavener appeared to have stuffed the Bulldogs inside the 5, only to be given a first down. Valliant’s second score was helped even more with a facemask penalty and an interference penalty, both giving the Bulldogs first downs.
Heavener was even called for a defensive holding play in the secondary on a running play.
Valliant pulled within 14-12 with 2:31 left on a 50-yard pass to Cody McDaniel. The pass on the 2-point conversion was overthrown, leaving the Wolves with the lead.
Koby Whiteis recovered the onside kick and Heavener ran the clock down to 36 seconds left. Valliant took over on its 38 after the punt, but could not move and the Wolves escaped with the win.
The Wolves took the lead on their second drive, going 86 yards with Connor Place scoring on a 7-yard run. The kick was wide right, giving Heavener a 6-0 lead.
Heavener’s next scoring drive was even more impressive as the Wolves went 91 yards on only four plays, scoring on a 50-yard pass from Dillan Stallings to Ashton Wright, who dove into the end zone as a Valliant defender tried for the tackle.
Dillion May carried it in for the PAT, which turned out to be the winning margin.
Valliant answered with a 1-yard run by Kaleb Clardy with 5:31 left in the second quarter with the PAT failing.
Heavener had 353 yards of total offense to 127 for Valliant, with 50 coming on the late touchdown.
Stallings had another big game for the Wolves with 163 yards on 20 carries while Place had 86 on 11.
Valliant drops to 0-5 and 0-2 in the district. Heavener is back on the road next week at Stigler while Valliant hosts Eufaula. In other 3A-8 scores from Friday, Eufaula defeated Spiro, 21-12, Idabel stayed unbeaten with a 20-14 win over Stigler and Roland defeated Rogers, 50-34, in a non-district game.