It was hard for Wellston coach Fred Peery to keep his kids calm Thursday night.
The Tigers broke a 21-game losing streak by defeating Holdenville, 21-14, in a game where Wellston rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit.
“They were pretty excited,” Peery said. “They were about to start celebrating before we even had the win. They were trying to celebrate when we scored the go ahead touchdown (in the third quarter).”
Junior running back Colton Ebers rushed for three touchdowns and senior defensive back Kole Miller intercepted three passes for the Tigers.
Peery had previously told the team that when the Tigers finally won a game, he didn't want them celebrating like they had won the Super Bowl. But it was difficult not to celebrate such a monumental victory.
“The crowd was pretty ecstatic,” Peery said. “I tried to keep our kids as calm as possible. I wanted them to act like they have been there before.”
Breaking the losing streak, however, is a relief, Peery admitted. It also was his first win as a head coach.
“I still think there is a lot of work to be done, but that is the first step,” he said.
PUTNAM CITY KEEPS PLAYOFF HOPES ALIVE
With an 18-13 win over Bixby, Putnam City kept itself in the playoff race in District 6A-2.
The run game of quarterback Devin White and running back Javone Knox powered the tight victory, the Pirates' third in the last four weeks.
At 3-2 in the district, the Pirates are tied with Westmoore and Sapulpa, teams they split with earlier this season.
With Muskogee and Jenks left on the schedule — both at Putnam City Stadium — Pirate coach John Wofford knows his team simply needs to stay focused on controlling its own play.
“It looks like it'll come down to the district points matchup,” Wofford said. “We've got to take care of our end and win the games we can.”
WETUMKA, GARBER STARS HAVE HUGE NIGHTS
Derrick Moore has been putting up huge numbers for Wetumka all season.
Thursday night, though, it was Chase Williams whose numbers were eye-popping.
Williams had 11 touchdowns — 10 rushing and one receiving — in Wetumka's 92-46 win over Bowlegs.
The junior did it with just 19 touches, rushing for 343 yards on 15 carries and catching four passes for 131 yards. All-in-all, Williams scored 70 points for Class B's No. 2 team.
Williams' performance wasn't the only big-time performance in Class B.
Garber's Jordan Avantz ran for nine touchdowns in its 68-56 win over Covington-Douglas.
Avantz ran for 425 yards on 28 carries and also completed six of his eight passes for 104 yards.
EVITT BIG AGAIN, THOMAS KNOCKED OUT
Wagoner junior running back Lawrence Evitt had yet another monster game for the defending Class 4A champions in a 40-24 win over undefeated Cleveland.
Evitt ran for 336 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 25 carries.
He's already nearing 2,000 yards for the season.
It was Kerwin Thomas who turned then the even bigger game for Wagoner, with 240 total yards and four touchdowns.
Thomas, No. 24 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits for the 2013 class, was hurt in the final minute and will reportedly miss the rest of the season after suffering an injured sternum.