Mustangs narrowly edged out by Collinsville in season opener
The Oologah Mustangs football team fell 34-24 to the Collinsville Cardinals during the season opener on September 4th.
Despite the loss, the Mustangs showed lots of promise for the opener against a tough team. Oologah scored every quarter, demonstrating consistent offensive firepower.
Quarterback Blake Salt helped lead the charge, completing 9 of 14 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown while also throwing one interception. Salt was also Oologah’s leading rusher, gaining 117 yards on 14 carries, including a 53-yard scramble.
Aiden Trimble was Oologah’s featured running back, carrying 15 times for 85 yards and a score of his own.
During the game, Oologah was the first team to find the endzone. Aiden Trible’s 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave the Mustangs a 7-0 lead.
Collinsville answered back with what would eventually be the longest scoring play of the night: a 59-yard pass from Andrew Carney to Oscar Hammond, tying up the game.
From there, Collinsville managed to retake the lead. It was Carney again, but this time scoring with his feet instead of his arm—a 1-yard quarterback run.
Oologah kicked a field goal to narrow the deficit, resulting in a 14-10 Collinsville lead at the half.
Collinsville came out of the locker rooms firing. Carney completed a 56-yard pass to Hammond, which resulted in the pair’s second long touchdown of the game and a 21-10 score.
The Mustangs refused to give up or fall too far behind. Instead, Salt connected with AJ Streater on a 22-yard score to bring the third quarter to an end, 21-17.
Unfortunately, the fourth quarter was a heavy dose of Brayden Gilkey, the Cardinal’s running back, who scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives and stretched Collinsville’s lead out to 34-17.
Salt scored once more on a one-yard run for Oologah, but with the clock ticking down, it was too little, too late.
Still, the Mustangs showed a lot of promise throughout the game. For one, the first game of the season is always difficult because many players are sharing the field for the first time. On top of that, Oologah played a very tough Collinsville Cardinals team that is a perennial threat to make a deep playoff run in Class 5A.
Furthermore, Oologah did a good job limiting penalties, incurring only six throughout the game. That’s a sign of maturity for team with some fresh faces.
While the end result was not what Oologah hoped for, the game still had many good takeaways for the Mustangs, and Oologah will look to get back on track with a win.