McLoud’s Redskins had their highest scoring output so far this season Thursday night, but it still wasn’t enough to get their first win.

McLoud’s Redskins had their highest scoring output so far this season Thursday night, but it still wasn’t enough to get their first win.
Santa Fe South quarterback Ivan Zavala threw three touchdown passes and ran for two others as the Saints prevailed, 35-21, on McLoud’s Senior Night.
The Redskins fell to 0-8 overall and 0-5 in District 4A-2 action. Santa Fe South (3-5, 1-4) got its first district win and stopped a four-game losing streak.
McLoud’s previous high score came in Week 1 against Bethel, a contest won by the Wildcats, 30-17.
The Redskins gave their home fans a lot of hope on the game’s first possession. McLoud needed just three plays to go 60 yards to the end zone. Running back Will Olds set up his own 5-yard touchdown run with a 41-yard scamper, weaving his way through the Saints’ defense. Dakota Jordan’s point-after kick gave McLoud a 7-0 lead just 1:00 into the game.
The Saints then showed their offense could score, as well. A 7-play drive that included a 36-yard pass from Zavala to Albert Jones ended with a 27-yard Zavala TD connection with Abraham Luna. With 8:35 to go in the first quarter, the score was tied at 7.
A ‘three-and-out’ possession by McLoud gave the Saints the chance to take their first lead. This time, the Saints overcame four incomplete passes and finished an 11-play possession with a 29-yard scoring pass from Zavala to Aaron Johnson.
At the end of the first quarter, Santa Fe South led 14-7.
The Saints reached the end zone on their third possession, as well. Starting on their 40 after a failed fake punt play by the Redskins, the visitors from southeast Oklahoma City faced a fourth-and-eight at their 42. A short, but high punt hit a McLoud player after landing and was recovered by the Saints at the Redskin 39.
With new life and momentum, the Saints took advantage of a McLoud facemask penalty, then had an 18-yard completion to Jones before Zavala ran it in from 4 yards out.
Neither team scored again in the first half and Santa Fe South had a 21-7 lead at the intermission.
The Saints increased their advantage midway through the third quarter when Zavala found Luna again for a 14-yard TD.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Redskins regained some respect by capping an 11-play drive with a Klayton Adams 1-yard TD run. Adams also had a 17-yard rush in the drive that cut Santa Fe South’s lead to 28-14.
The Saints responded by getting that TD back just over three minutes later. Zavala scored on a 5-yard keeper with 8:37 to go.
The Redskins concluded the night’s scoring with 1:56 remaining. Michael Tiffin started the drive with a 29-yard run, which set up a 5-yard TD toss from Zaylon Mahtapene to Adams.
McLoud finished with a 176 yards on 38 rushes. Olds led the Redskins with 90 yards on 11 carries. Mahtapene and Jason Barnett combined to give the home team 53 passing yards.
Santa Fe South had 384 total yards — 219 rushing and 165 passing. Johnson was the leading ground-gainer for the Saints with 102 yards on nine rushes. Zavala had 21 rushes for 89 yards. He also went 10-of-21 through the air.
McLoud will finish the season with two road games. The first of that pair will be at Pottawatomie County rival Tecumseh on Friday, Oct. 28.