It was a long time coming for the Heavener Wolves last Friday.
For the first time in nearly three years, the Wolves actually got to celebrate a win. Heavener posted a 27-13 triumph at Atoka, breaking a 26-game losing streak.
And as expected, a wild post-game scene followed.
"There's been a lot of smiles and joy," Heavener coach Jeff Stewart said. "A lot of people have been waiting for a long time to get that monkey off our back, and it was a great win for the community and especially these boys. There's not a single kid on this team that's ever won a high school game, that's seniors included.
"It was pandemonium after finally the relief of realizing that we had pulled it off."
The last time the Wolves won a game before last week was on Oct. 23, 2015, when Heavener posted a 14-6 win against Spiro.
In the win against Atoka, the Wolves built an early lead, and extended it to 21-0 after Mario Diaz returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown.
"They played as fine a first quarter and a first half. ... They looked like a playoff team," Stewart said.
"It's been trying to outplay our mistakes and we keep digging that hole, but on Friday night, we didn't dig that hole."
Stewart, who is in his first season as Heavener's coach after having previously coached at Johnson County Westside, knew the situation he was inheriting at Heavener, which didn't win a single game each of the previous two seasons.
"We're getting these kids to believe, but it's been against them for so long that they're starting to see it, they're starting to see that what we're telling them is the truth, that they can play this game and that they can play it at a higher level," he said. "We've just got to quit doing the self-inflicted stuff and play more perfect ball."
In the Wolves' win, Ryan Moore rushed 16 times for 104 yards and scored the team's first TD. Kalobe Hudlow added 84 yards on 16 carries, and also recorded 11 tackles and three sacks on defense. Diaz recorded a pair of sacks as well.
Now that the losing streak is over, Heavener (1-4, 1-1 2A-6) now is enjoying a renewed outlook, with the chance of making postseason play. The Wolves seek to extend a winning streak for a change when they return home Friday to face Valliant.
Another area team picked up a win for the first time in a while.
The Sallisaw Black Diamonds broke a nine-game losing streak when they posted a 42-21 win at home against Stilwell. It was also Sallisaw's first win at home since 2016, which also came at Stilwell's expense.
Sallisaw was up only 7-0 at halftime after quarterback Jaxon McTyre threw a 38-yard TD pass to Jace Nicholson in the second quarter. The Diamonds then went to the ground in the second half, especially senior tailback Nate Asbill.
Held to 15 yards in the first half, Asbill broke loose for 258 yards in the final two quarters to finish with 273 yards on 23 carries. He also had four touchdowns in the second half.
McTyre rushed for 94 yards, and Sawyer Pool also added 77 yards rushing, including a 13-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. He also picked off two passes on defense.
Sallisaw (1-4, 1-1 4A-4) is home again this Friday as the Diamonds welcome in Hilldale.
The Bulldogs rebounded nicely from their first loss of the season to win at Westville, 47-13, in 2A-5 action.
Quarterback Deontei Braggs completed 10-of-14 passes for 226 yards and two TDs while rushing for 116 yards and two TDs.
Malik Roberson added 85 yards on the ground and two TDs, and also caught two passes for 52 yards and a TD. Will Dunigan had five receptions for 130 yards and a TD, while Kwame Sey added 62 yards rushing on just two carries, one of those going for another Bulldog touchdown.
Following a run of three straight games, Spiro (4-1, 1-1) returns home this week to take on Keys.
The Tigers continued their winning ways and got their second straight shutout to start A-8 play when they rolled past Savanna, 60-0, in Central's homecoming game.
Central quarterback Korrdell Jiles passed for 112 yards and two TDs, both going to Tanner Loggains, which covered a total of 90 yards.
The Tigers also got a 100-yard rushing performance from Bryce Edwards, who added a TD. Taylor Cottrell added 54 yards and two TDs, while Brayden Coble and David Briggs combined for 94 yards rushing with each reaching the end zone once.
Loggains also had two interceptions on defense, as he now has picked off nine passes this season. Cottrell returned a fumble 42 yards for another Tiger TD as well.
Central (5-0, 2-0) is now off this week. The Tigers return to the field next week on Oct. 12 with a game at six-time defending A-8 champion Talihina, a team Central has yet to defeat.