Sallisaw 45, Tahlequah 28
Tah 0 21 7 0 -- 28
Sal 10 14 14 7 -- 45
SALLISAW — Sinue Rodriguez 47-yard field goal, 7:47.
SALLISAW — Triston Brown 5-yard run (Rodriguez kick), 1:23.
TAHLEQUAH — David Dick 15-yard run (Bryce Patrick kick), 8:10.
TAHLEQUAH — Dick 24-yard run (Patrick kick), 6:08.
SALLISAW — Brown 1-yard run (Rodriguez kick), 4:35.
TAHLEQUAH — Brandon Conrad 75-yard run (Patrick run), 4:12.
SALLISAW — Brown 1-yard run (Rodriguez kick), 0:13.
SALLISAW — Chase Richey 50-yard pass from Quint Scoufos (Rodriguez kick), 7:06.
SALLISAW — Cale Wilson 50-yard run (Rodriguez kick), 4:23.
TAHLEQUAH — Dick 65-yard run (Patrick kick), 3:39.
SALLISAW — Scoufos 9-yard run (Rodriguez kick), 1:57.
First downs 19 18
Rush 15 12
Pass 3 4
Penalty 1 2
Rush-yards 43-334 48-286
Pass comp 8 8
Pass att 16 15
INT thrown 0 0
Pass yards 110 133
Total yards 444 419
Punt-avg 3-33.7 1-61.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-yds 11-90 3-30
Tahlequah: David Dick 22-156, Brandon Conrad 9-138, Colton Wright 9-38, Dustin Wiley 3-2.
Sallisaw: Cale Wilson 22-191, Jadon Davenport 15-56, Quint Scoufos 5-31, Triston Brown 4-10, TEAM 2-(minus 2).
Tahlequah: Dick 8-16-0 110.
Sallisaw: Scoufos 8-15-0 133.
Tahlequah: Kourt McMillan 5-79, Will Carlile 2-11, Wyatt Jones 1-13, Wright 1-7.
Sallisaw: Wilson 3-34, Chase Richey 2-86, Derek Harris 1-10, Sinue Rodriguez 1-7, Davenport 1-6.
Tahlequah football notebook: Brown delivers for Sallisaw
Sallisaw's Triston Brown had a very limited workload in the Black Diamonds' 45-28 win over Tahlequah on Friday night. The crowd at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium saw him carry the ball only four times.
Yet, three went for touchdowns.
Brown had a 5-yard touchdown run in the first first quarter and then a pair of 1-yard scoring runs in the second quarter for Sallisaw.
"That's our UPS package," Sallisaw head coach Craig Benson said, "we're going to go Brown on that."
Brown finished with 10 yards on five carries.
Rodriguez's right foot
Perhaps the most coveted right foot in Oklahoma belongs to Sallisaw's Sinue Rodriguez. The 5-foot-7 senior kicker is already being looked at by Division I programs, and he proved why on Friday.
During pregame warm-ups, Rodriguez belted a couple of 50-yard field goals, before drilling a 55-yarder and coming up just short of a 60-yard attempt.
Once the game started, Rodriguez the Black Diamonds on the board first with his 47-yard field goal that he made with relative ease.
Yet, it was Rodriguez's one punt in the game that provided the most impact.
With time dwindling down in the third quarter, Rodriguez booted a punt along the right boundary, and Tahlequah punt returner Mitch Sellers let the ball bounce around the 25-yard line.
That would prove to be a costly mistake for Sellers.
The ball rolled down to Tahlequah's 6-yard line, giving Rodriduez a 61-yard punt.
"I told the kids after the game, 'there is a kid in this room that we take for granted every single week,'" Benson said of Rodriguez. "It's not going to go in the stat book, and nobody is going to read about it. But Tahlequah had to start from their 20 almost every time tonight, other than when we went to the south end; we were trying to pouch (kick) it.
"Then, [on the punt], he flips the field on (Tahlequah). It's a close game, and he flips the field. And it makes him have to go 90-plus yards for a touchdown."
Tahlequah started from its own 3-yard line after a penalty, and the Tigers made it all the way to Sallisaw's 6-yard line. However, after a false start penalty on fourth-and-1, Tahlequah went for a first down on fourth-and-6 and came up short.
Asked if Sellers should have at least fielded the punt, Tahlequah head coach Gilbert was very noncommittal.
"That's a tough question to answer," Gilbert said when asked if Sellers should have called for a fair catch. "I'll say this: you never like to see the ball hit and roll. But it was a good punt, I mean, it really was. It was an angled punt and that made it difficult."