The opening quarter turned out to be the downfall for Warner as they aided the 3rd ranked Class A Gore Pirates with 3 offsides penalties on the opening drive that proved to eventually be the game winner. Penalties were a problem for the Eagles who compiled a total of 85 yards on 11 flags on the night.
Gunnar Dozier and Zane Craighead provided the offense on the opening drive for the Pirates with Craighead hitting paydirt from seven yards out to open the scoring.
Craighead finished the night with 57 yards rushing on 14 carries and added 17 yards through the air on 2-of-5 passing.
Penalties and bad snaps hurt Warner (3-1, 0-1) on both sides of the ball in the first half. The Eagles committed six penalties for 50 yards in the first half. Additionally, two bad snaps from center cost them 39 yards.
Warner’s first year head Coach Rafe Watkins must have had a serious discussion with his squad at halftime because the Eagles came out of the locker room looking like a different team. After receiving the second half kickoff the Eagles put together a 13-play, 69 yard drive that ended with a 2-yard Jackson push into the endzone and an Austin Baker catch for the 2-point conversion.
Jackson went 11 for 16 on the night for 144 yards and ran for 48 yards on 19 attempts. The Pirate leaders were Gunnar Dozier 115 yards on 16 carries along with Craighead’s 57 yard total.
The Pirates will remain at home to face another district opponent in Central Sallisaw (1-3, 0-1) next week, while the Eagles (3-1, 0-1) return home to face Colcord (4-0, 1-0).