CHECOTAH — It was a bizarre Thursday night at the District 3A-3 matchup between Checotah and Seminole.
To begin with, the start of the game was delayed over an hour because the stadium lights on the visiting side weren’t working.
Then, Checotah scored on a 72-yard pass on the game’s first play.
That set off a wild back-and-forth scoring frenzy which finally ended with Seminole recording a vital 42-34 victory.
The biggest lead either team enjoyed came with Checotah up 18-7 at the 1:51 mark of the first quarter. Cade Hammond and Chico Baker hooked up on a 14-yard touchdown pass to pull Seminole within 18-14 after one quarter.
Checotah went up 21-14 on a field goal, only to have Cameron Gunville score from 13 yards out to bring the Chieftains within 21-20 at the intermission.
The teams combined for 545 opening-half yards.
Seminole grabbed a 26-21 lead on Gunville’s 48-yard scoring reception, only to have Checotah retake the advantage at 27-26 after three quarters.
Gunville, on the initial play of the fourth quarter, scored via the rush as Seminole went up 34-27. Another Checotah TD tied the contest, only to have a Gunville rushing TD put Seminole up 42-34 at the 7:06 mark.
Seminole’s defense proceeded to stop the hosts on a fourth-down play at the Chieftain 7 and the Chieftains hung on down the stretch. Gunville rushed for 240 yards.
It was a crucial district triumph for Seminole after dropping back-to-back 3A-3 games to Idabel and Stigler. Seminole upped its district record 3-2 and its overall mark to 5-2.
Seminole’s next action will be Friday, Oct. 26 against visiting Tulsa Webster.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.