During school Thursday before Edmond Santa Fe's game against Southmoore, Wolves center John Wynn suffered a seizure and was unable to play in Santa Fe's 53-37 win.
“It's not something he's ever had before,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “He's fine. They think it was just exhaustion.”
Wynn's absence had Santa Fe shuffling its offensive line, moving Anthony Robinson from right guard to center and Colin Bodenski moved into the lineup in Robinson's spot.
“They had to put it together real, real quick,” Santa Fe running back Cameron Westbrook said. “But they did a good job for us.”
YUKON GETS MUCH-NEEDED WIN
With an 0-3 record against a very challenging nondistrict schedule in the rearview mirror, Yukon was excited to turn its focus to the games that count with Friday's district opener against Lawton Eisenhower, a 59-7 win.
The Millers showed the offensive firepower that has made them a playoff team the last three years, with quarterback Hayden Somerville completing 28 of 33 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns.
He found senior wideout Codey Sanchez 12 times for 186 yards and three scores.
“We had a tough nondistrict schedule and we felt we should've won a couple of those games,” Sanchez said. “We've been talking about how district wins are what get you to the playoffs. We're trying to get there and we think we can do it. This was a good game to start district and I think it gave us some momentum.”
The Millers face a couple of tough road tests next, with games at Norman North and Edmond North in the next two weeks.
Chandler wins shootout over Bethany
After opening 0-2, Chandler has evened its record after defeating Bethany, 33-28, on Friday night in the district opener.
“Every district win is a key district win, but I think this one is going to get us going in the right direction,” Chandler coach Scott Myers said.
“Last week's win (over Harrah) was huge going into district, getting that first win. Bethany, being a traditional quarterfinalist, semifinalist over the last couple of years and a strong football team, that ups the momentum that much more.”
Heath Gray had another 100-yard plus performance at running back, while quarterback Hunter Hudson tossed three touchdown passes.
“He has been pretty consistent all year,” Myers said of his junior quarterback. “He understands the system and what we are trying to get done and has done a good job.”
PAULS VALLEY GETS UNTRACKED
Pauls Valley got its first win of the season by defeating Purcell, 28-13, on Friday night.
The Panthers played a tough nondistrict schedule against Newcastle, Bethany and Lindsay.
“I knew it would prepare us for district play,” Pauls Valley coach John Inman said. “It showed us what we needed to fix. It was kind of a blessing in disguise.”
Inman also knew his Panthers had been playing well despite their record heading into district play.
“We didn't play very well in the first three games and weren't playing anywhere close to our potential,” he said “We knew if we could limit some mistakes and be more consistent, we could be a good football team. Fortunately, we did that against Purcell.”
J.C. Eyabi rushed for 168 yards on 33 carries and scored twice for Pauls Valley.
“We really played physical up front and were very aggressive,” Inman said. “We were able to burn up most of the third quarter and fourth quarter clock running right at them.”
The Panthers face another stiff test Friday night at Dickson, which is 4-0 for the first time in school history.
“We got a challenging week ahead,” he said. “The Purcell game is such an emotional game for our kids. It's such a rivalry game. We've got to make sure we give it its due respect but then move on to our next opponent.”
WILD WEEK OF OFFENSE
Scoreboard operators must've been the busiest people in the state during Week 4 of the football season.
Jenks' 82-7 win over Tulsa Edison was only the start of the wild week of scoring. Twelve teams in Class 5A and 6A scored 50 points or more, and six of those reached 60, including Guthrie, which had all 62 of its points by halftime against Guymon.
Games like Norman's 56-35 defeat of Mustang and Norman North's 66-27 blasting of Midwest City only registered as mildly intense on the scoring scale this week.
A pair of 5A games surpassed the 110-point total, with McAlester defeating Noble 70-42 and Tulsa Memorial beating Shawnee 77-37.
The smaller classes were just as potent, with games like Madill's 59-45 win over Plainview, Lindsay's 58-41 win over Hobart, or Summit Christian's 57-56 victory over Liberty.