Wildcats’ win- sets-up District Championship
The Checotah Wildcats improved to 8-1 overall after traveling to Roland and defeating the Rangers 33-8 on their senior night. It was an ugly game for both teams as several un-sportsman-like and other penalties were issued including a sideline penalty to defensive coordinator Jimmy Whitlock.
Checotah opened the game with a 10-yard touchdown run by Dontierre Fisher, 7-0. On the Wildcats’ next possession, senior quarterback Jacob Barrett threw a strike to Brenden Dan for a 19-yard touchdown to extend the lead 14-0.
With Checotah head coach Chad Hendricks at home after undergoing Achilles surgery, the Wildcats managed to get the victory but in the style one may not prefer.
A bright spot was the play of the defensive front for the Wildcats. Clancy Campbell led the team in tackles with eight solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack.
Barrett displayed his leadership as he addressed his teammates who were taunting Roland, dancing and disrespecting officials resulting in penalties.
Fisher scored the Wildcats next two touchdowns to go into halftime with a 26-0 lead. Barrett took a kickoff to the house to open the third quarter giving Checotah a 33-0 lead.
Roland was held scoreless until late in the fourth quarter to spoil the Wildcats’ shutout.
The Rangers was held to only 139-total offensive yards. Barrett went 3/9 for 77 passing with an interception and touchdown. His longest pass was 56-yards. He also had 45-yards rushing on five carries.
The Wildcats will have to be focused with Class 3A-3 leader Lincoln Christian coming to town for what will be the game that decides the district championship.
With Hendricks returning to the sidelines, look for the Wildcats’ three-headed offensive machine of Barrett, Dan and Fisher to get back to the type of football that has put Checotah in position to win the district championship and if they do, it will be the second under Hendricks as he won his first in his first year (2013) with the Wildcats.