DEWEY, OK —
Senior Cory Rohde scored four touchdowns and Locust Grove outscored Dewey 30-13 in the second half to defeat the Bulldoggers 58-41 on Dewey's homecoming night Friday.
The Locust Grove Legion of Doom defense started the game by forcing a fumble on Dewey’s own 25-yard line, but the defense had trouble stopping the Bulldoggers’ offense for the rest of the night.
The Pirates struck first with a pass from sophomore Mason Fine to fellow sophomore Jason Pirtle after the turnover gave the offense great field position. Dewey answered back with a 13-yard pass for a score on its next possession, and the rest of the half became a shootout between the two offenses.
One of the Pirates’ first half scores came on a 95-yard kickoff return from senior Cameron McIntire. McIntire had 187 return yards in the first half alone.
After a tight opening half which included very little defense, Locust Grove head coach Matt Hennesy lined his team out in the locker room.
“We had a little 'come to Jesus meeting' at halftime,” Hennesy said. “Defensively we just didn’t play very good all night. Some of it was what they [Dewey] were doing, but a lot of it was just us and not doing what we’re supposed to do.”
Locust Grove began the second half with a 82-yard scoring drive ending with an 8-yard touchdown run by Rohde. The Dewey offense struck back with a 64-yard scoring run, but still trailed by two after a failed conversion. Rohde found the end zone again on the Pirates’ next possession, this time on a 43-yard pass-and-catch from Fine with 6:27 left in the third quarter.
The rest of the third quarter was a battle between the defenses, but Dewey scored less than a minute into the fourth to make the score 41-44 in LG's favor. That would be the Bulldogger’s final score and Locust put the game out of hand after Rohde’s third rushing touchdown and another Fine-Pirtle hook up for 13-yard score. Fine ended his night throwing for 277 yards. Eighty of those yards went to Pirtle.
Many players shined on the offensive side of the ball, but Reader’s Choice Tulsa World Football Athlete of the Week Rohde stole the show once again. Rohde rushed for 137 yards on 17 totes and also had five receptions for 75 yards and a score.
Locust Grove (8-0, 4-0 District 3A-7) returns home next for a senior night matchup against Lincoln Christian (5-3, 3-1 3A-7), which could clinch the district and two home playoff games for the Pirates.
“It’s huge, because what people don’t realize is a loss next week puts us in third and we don’t get any (home playoff games), so it’s all or nothing probably,” Hennesy said.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday for the Pirates' final home game of the regular season.