The Stilwell Football Indians fell 58-8 to the Ft. Gibson Tigers in District 4A-4 action last Friday night at Leo Donahue/Tiger Stadium in Fort Gibson. With the loss, Stilwell falls to 0-2 in the District and 0-4 overall. The Tigers improve to 2-0 in District play and 3-2 overall.
Stilwell fell behind 37-0 before putting together a scoring drive just before halftime. The pivotal play of the drive was a third down and long completion from Cainan Mink to tight end Landon Robertson to the Tiger three. One play later senior Adam Phillips went over the left side of the Indians line for a three-yard touchdown run. Robertson caught the two-point conversion pass from sophomore Tray Chuculate to cut the score to 37-8 with 12 seconds left in the first half.
Fort Gibson added three touchdowns in the third period to start the “Mercy Rule” clock running.
The Indians will return to James Bradley Memorial Athletic Park for the first time in 371 days when they battle the Hilldale Hornets. Stilwell’s final home game of the 2020 schedule against Muldrow in week nine had to be cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests. This season, the home opener against Rogers, Arkansas was scrapped due to over 20 of the Indians missing school and practice due to quarantine protocol. The Indians will play four of their final five games at home in 2021.
The Hornets come into the game on a two-game losing streak, having fallen to Poteau 46-16 and Broken Bow 38-31 in the first two District 4A-4 games of the season, losing both at home. Hilldale started off 3-0, opening the season with a 28-20 victory at LaFortune Stadium in Tulsa against the Will Rogers Ropers. The Hornets looked more impressive the following two weeks, posting a 45-0 victory over the Checotah Wildcats and downing Oologah 64-21 in week three.
Hilldale Series History – Hornets lead 11 wins to 4 losses.
The last Stilwell win came in 1989 under Head Coach Ron Etheridge at home in week 10 of the Indians 9-1 season.