Pauls Valley Democrat
After exchanging blows the two and a half quarter, Konawa gained all the momentum with an 80-yard kickoff return that gave the Tigers a touchdown lead over visiting Stratford. The Bulldogs never really got back on track after that losing for the first time this season 24-15.
After a defensive first quarter, Konawa got on the board first in the second quarter as Seth Walker capped off a drive with a 12-yard touchdown run.
“Konawa came out and came right at us and was just more physical than we were,” Stratford head coach Michael Blackburn said. “Their tailback, Seth Walker, ran hard and has very good speed.”
Stratford came right back with Chase Bradstreet hitting Montie Thomas with a 34-yard touchdown pass and with Clay Armstrong’s kick the Bulldogs had a 7-0 lead.
Konawa scored just before the half as Chance Yellowfish darted in from 18 yards out giving the Tigers a 12-7 halftime lead.
On the Bulldogs second possession of the second half, Kyle Qualls got into the scoring column capping off a drive as he dove in from the 2-yard line to give the Bulldogs the lead once again. Kyler Wade’s conversion run made the score 15-12.
On the ensuing kickoff, Konawa took all the momentum away from Stratford. Hiawatha Honsinger returned the kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown giving the Tigers the lead again.
Walker would add a 20-yard touchdown run early in the fourth to give the Tigers a two score advantage and that would be all they would need in the nine-point win.
“I thought the guys competed well,” Blackburn said. “We had a couple of mistakes that cost us as we had 2 touchdowns called back, but we will learn from it and become a better team as we go.”
Stratford had a well-rounded game offensively with 258 total yards. They had 124 rushing on 30 carries and 134 passing on 8 completions.
Bradstreet had all the passing yards with Wade being his favorite target with 70 yards on five catches. Lane Martin and Thomas both had 32 yards each receiving.
Qualls led the rushing attack with 66 yards on 15 attempts with Wade adding 46 yards on 7 carries.
Defensively, Stratford held Konawa to 222 yards rushing and 0 yards through the air. Isaac Miller led the way with 12 tackles with Thomas and Kyle Wright having 11 and 10 respectively.
“We will travel to Rush Springs this week to play a good Rush Springs team,” Blackburn said.