Spring’s 297 yards passing helps Beggs to perfect district record

Beggs junior tailback Jared Sutter (28) runs for positive yards during last Friday’s regular-season finale against Checotah. (Rodney Haltom, McIntosh Democrat)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

CHECOTAH - The Beggs Golden Demons completed their 10-game regular-season schedule last Friday night here against the Checotah Wildcats.

The Demons finished the regular season with a 9-1 record following a 32-7 thrashing of the host Wildcats at Ogle Field in Checotah.

The win also gave the Beggs squad a spotless 6-0 district record and was the sixth-straight win over Checotah, which includes a 34-20 win in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs in 2013.

Junior quarterback Dalton Spring passed for a season-best 297 yards in last Friday's district win over the Wildcats and has more than 1,700 yards passing this season.

With the regular season in the books, head coach Lee Blankenship and the Demons will now set their sights on capturing the school's first state championship since 1975 this Friday when they host the Mannford Pirates in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Friday's playoff opener against Mannford will take place at 7 p.m. at Golden Demon Stadium in Beggs. The winner of Friday's contest will advance to the second round next Friday against the winner of Muldrow and Lincoln Christian.

In last Friday's regular-season finale against Checotah, the Demons opened the scoring at the 9:50 mark of the opening period on a 19-yard TD pass from Spring to Easton Davis for an early 6-0 advantage.

The next Beggs score came just two seconds into the second quarter, as Kayson Toliver crossed the goal line on a 1-yard run. Spring bulldozed his way into the end zone on the conversion attempt to push the Demon lead to 14-0 with 11:58 remaining in the first half.

With 9:52 left in the second quarter, Spring connected with Shaidan Jordan on a 34-yard aerial strike to send the Demons into the halftime break with a commanding 20-0 advantage.

Checotah found its way onto the scoreboard at 5:33 of the third on a 21-yard TD pass from Cade Shropshire to Malik Carr. Angel Lianas' successful PAT kick cut the Beggs lead to 20-7.

The Demons answered with a 2-yard TD run by Toliver at 4:23 of the third for a 26-7 advantage, then Jared Sutter put the finishing touches on the 32-7 victory with a 2-yard TD run with 57 seconds left in the third quarter.

Neither team was able to put points on the scoreboard in the final 12 minutes of regulation to give the Beggs squad the 32-7 victory and cap off their perfect 6-0 district record.

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