Jay traveled across the state line to Arkansas and took on the Gravette High School on Friday, Sept. 15.

The Bulldogs ran into a Lions team that gave them the first loss of the season with a 26-7 finish.

“The game with Gravette was a tough one,” said Coach Warren Kirk. “Gravette was ready to play and Jay was not ready.”

Gravette led 7-0 after the first quarter on a two-yard run and 19-0 after the Lions scored on two big plays, a 47-yard pass and a 46-yard punt return.

Jay put their only points on the board when John Culver took the football in from one yard out and with Adam Beccera point after kick the score read 19-7. The only score of the second half was hen Gravette scored on a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“Our defense kept us in the game but our offense couldn’t help the out and I take full responsibility for that,” said Kirk.

Gravette finished with 317 total yards with 222 coming on the ground. Jay had 211 total yards with 152 through the air.

The Bulldogs also experienced something they had not all season and that was turnovers. The Bulldogs had three interceptions and a fumble they lost to the Lions.

Quarterback Gabe Simpson led the Bulldog offense with 152 yards passing on 15 attempts. Brenden Ryan led the wide receivers with 51 yards on four catches. Zach Coy had four for 39 yards and Daylon Simpson two for 21.

Daylon Simpson also was spearheading on defense with two Lions take aways. He had an interception and a fumble recovery. Defensive lineman John Culver also had an interception on the night. Keng Vang led the team with six tackles on the night.

“We are a much better team than what showed up last Friday,” said Kirk. “We just need to show up every Friday ready to play. We can get some positive out of that game by not letting that happen again.

"We are moving forward into district play and now we have that loss out of the way. We have to show up the next six weeks ready to play each and every nighr."

What’s next?

Jay will take on Inola in the first Class 3A, District Seven game. The Longhorns are 2-2 with wins over Verdigris and Salina (70-42) while dropping games to Claremore Sequoyah (35-28) and Sperry (46-6).

The one lone opponent that the two teams have played is Verdigris who Inola defeated 54-24 while Jay beat them 40-13.

Inola has scored 158 points in four games to 123 for Jay. However the Longhorns have given up 147 to 80 for the Bulldogs.

Inola is led by running back Jones who has carried the football 65 times for 634 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“Inola is a very good football team with some great players at quarterback and running back. We have to tackle well and we need to take care of the football on offense," Kirk said. "Last Friday we lost the turnover battle. We will not win many games doing that each week. We have to show up ready to play Friday and get a jump start into the district race."