LOCUST GROVE, OK —
Sophomore quarterback Mason Fine helped lead Locust Grove to a first-round 62-10 home victory over Roland Friday.
Fine found the end zone on five occasions, four times through the air and once on a quarterback sneak. The gunslinger also threw for 234 yards on 16-of-22 passing with a lone interception.
“My performance was alright,” said Fine. “But I have to give all of the credit to my offensive line and coaches and just for the guys stepping up and playing when they needed to go out there and play.”
The Pirate offensive line blocked for 190 yards on the ground. With senior running back Cory Rohde still sidelined with a knee injury, the Pirate backfield which featured four different backs. Junior Vance Wilson started and rushed for 89 yards on six carries. Freshman Jarred Spradlin led the team in carries with 15.
Sophomore Jason Pirtle caught five passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Cameron McIntire caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another two touchdowns. Juniors Brock Taylor and Calin Witt caught Fines’ other two scoring passes in the first half.
The Locust Grove offense was in a great rhythm Friday night, but The Legion of Doom may have outperformed the fast-paced offense. The Legion of Doom held Roland (6-5) to just 13 passing yards and a single touchdown, but the Rangers' scoring drive started on Locust Grove’s two-yard-line after a bad snap on fourth down. Roland’s next score, a safety in the third quarter, came when McIntire mishandled a handoff.
“We played well all around," Locust Grove head coach Matt Hennesy said. "I thought the defense played really well, because the touchdown, (Roland) got the ball on the two-yard line, so really the defense didn’t give up a drive or a touchdown. I thought they came out and played really well tonight.”
The Locust Grove squad will stay home next week to play a 9-2 Berryhill team in the second round of the playoffs. The Chiefs handled Inola Friday night, 43-14.
“They’re a great football team. Pat Harper is a good coach, it’s a really good program, and they’re used to being here. They have one of the top players in the state, so we’re definitely going to have to bring our A game and we’ll get to work starting Monday,” Hennesy said.
Locust Grove and Berryhill are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. from Leonard Yarbough Stadium.