RUSH SPRINGS — The Rush Springs Redskins are off to a winning start under first-year head coach Mason Anthony.
Rush Springs earned a couple of scores to go along with a strong defensive effort in its 13-0 win over Konawa on Friday at home in Rush Springs.
"Emotional," Anthony said about the game and the win. "I'm just so proud of these kids.
"We didn't play a perfect game. We want to get better."
Both defenses stepped up the entire first half, making things tough for the opposing offenses. Rush Springs found some success and found itself on Konawa's side of the field most of the first half.
The Redskins were unable to score, and the two teams went to halftime without any points.
While Rush Springs dominated the field position in the first half and most of the night, Konawa had trouble getting a first down. Whenever the Tigers did have success throughout the night, the Redskins eventually came up with a stop.
Anthony talked about the defensive performance and shutting out Konawa in the season opener.
"Our defense played lights out," he said. "They just take it one play at a time. They try to win every single play.
"They just fly around and swarm to the ball. It's awesome to work with them and watch them work."
Caleb Heston was one of the players leading the way on that side of the ball.
Rush Springs' offense finally broke through in the third quarter. A long pass play between freshman quarterback Mason Dennis and Zane Harper set Rush Springs up with another chance to score.
Not long after that pass play, Kade Worden found the end zone to give the Redskins the lead.
The pass play from Dennis to Harper that helped set up the team's first touchdown was not the only play that the quarterback made in the game. Anthony was pleased with how the freshman handled himself throughout the game.
"It was better than you could hope for from a freshman," he said. "He was mature. He was poised.
"He was confident the whole night … didn't get down or discouraged."
Worden was not done scoring touchdowns. Following another defensive stop, Worden scored from 22 yards late in the fourth quarter for his second touchdown of the game.
Worden and Jacob Duke provided tough runs for the Redskins throughout the game. According to Anthony, running hard is something they love to do.
"They love running the ball, and they love running it hard," he said. "They're definitely grinders, and it paid off at the end."
Tuttle, Minco and Dibble also won their season openers Friday.
Minco defeated Wynnewood, and Tuttle beat Newcastle. Dibble defeated the Chickasha JV.