Wagoner puts it together in upset of Fort Gibson

Tuesday, October 24th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Wagoner coach Max Caldwell says his football team was a bit unlucky in its first seven games, all of them losses.

``We felt like we were snakebit, anyway,'' Caldwell said. ``It seems like in the fourth quarter, something would go wrong, things wouldn't go right.''

Everything finally went right for Wagoner on Friday night. The winless Bulldogs came up with four turnovers on defense and produced three big pass plays for touchdowns in a 21-17 victory over Fort Gibson, the No. 9 team in Class 4A.

``It's been extremely difficult for everybody involved,'' Caldwell said. ``But this was our last home game for our five seniors. Everybody put forth great effort.

``I don't think we had played as a team as well as we did Friday. We came together Friday, everybody did, and we made some plays when we had to.''

Caldwell is in his first year at Wagoner after stops at Skiatook and Mounds. He said he knew when he arrived that there was work to be done in the program, but, that no one expected to be 0-7 after seven weeks.

Despite the record, Caldwell said he wasn't stunned at the outcome Friday.

``We had a great week of preparation,'' he said. ``We thought we could win the football game with our preparation we had during the week.

``We feel like we're playing our best football of the whole year right now. We hope we're getting better every game.''


Clinton coach Mike Lee became the school's all-time victory leader with a 61-16 victory over Guymon. Lee has 123 wins in 11 seasons. He has lost just 21 times

``We've got good kids and a good coaching staff,'' he said. ``A lot of good things have happened the last 10 or 11 years.''

Lee moved past Dave Meadows, who won 122 games from 1976-87.


There were several outstanding performances during Week 8:

_ Corey Spotwood of Crooked Oak ran for 356 yards and six TDs on just 14 carries in a 62-13 victory over Mount St. Mary.

_ Spiro's Mustafah Raullerson had 250 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-24 victory over Heavener.

_ Kentrel Harris of Del City gained 241 yards and scored four TDs in a 35-20 victory over Norman.

_ Porter's Chris Kelly was 10 of 13 for 275 yards and three TDs in a 59-14 victory over Hulbert.

_ Heath Evans of Cascia Hall was 14 of 23 for 280 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-12 victory over Westville.

_ A.J. Haglund kicked four field goals, including a 51-yarder and two longer than 40 yards, in a 26-6 victory over Woodward.

_ In a 38-16 victory over Vian, Victory Christian's Brandon Johnson ran for 128 yards and a touchdown, passed for 87 yards, returned a fumble 48 yards for a score and returned an interception 98 yards for a TD.