Oologah’s season ends with loss to Sallisaw
The Oologah Mustangs (District 4A-3 #5, 3-5) fell 37-7 to the Sallisaw Black Diamonds (District 4A-4 #4th, 5-5) during the first round of the playoffs on November 13, 2020.
It was a tough game for Oologah, whose only touchdown came with 25 seconds left in the game when Blake Salt connected with Devin Ankerich.
Sallisaw, on the other hand, came out hot. They scored twice in the first half, going up 15-0, and then added two more touchdowns and a safety in the third to build up a 31-0 lead that led to the large victory.
Salt threw for 167 yards and a score, while Ankerich halted in 6 receptions for 140 yards. That said, Sallisaw’s rush defense was relentlessly tough on the Mustangs. Bright led the team with 95 yards of the 125 total rushing yards.
Despite the tough loss, the season was a good one for Oologah. The 3-6 final record might not be anything the team is proud of, but more than winning games, the team offered something more: normalcy.
This season, for many reasons, was bigger than football.
Besides the weekly story of two teams battling on the turf, there was a greater narrative at play, woven behind the big hits, school chants, penalty whistles and momentous touchdowns.
This year has been one unlike any other. At some point in the future, looking back, many people will reflect on 2020 as one of the worst years they can remember because of one thing: uncertainty. The pandemic dramatically changed how lives are lived and left many fearing the unknown. This year, the players weren’t the only ones wearing face-masks.
And because of this, the bright spots shown even brighter.
So that’s why the 2020 Oologah football season isn’t a story about smack-talk, big plays, heart-stopping moments, and everything else that would be expected.
Instead, mixed in with all the typical emotional thrills of a football season there was a weekly celebration on both sides of the ball from players, coaches, and fans. It might not have always been visible, but it was there, deep within everybody watching, playing, or cheering: this season, in a year of turbulence, was more than football. It was normalcy--something to anticipate and celebrate in the chaotic, uncertain world around us--and that’s exactly what Oologah needs. That’s what we all need.