Stillwater News Press

October 3, 2012

Yale, Morrison battle for top spot in District 7-A

By Andrew Glover
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The stakes couldn’t be higher for the No. 7 Morrison Wildcats (4-1, 2-0) and the Yale Bulldogs (4-1, 2-0). On the line — a share of the lead in District 7-A.

“It’s an important game,” Morrison coach Cory Bales said. “It propels you in the district. It’s a big game. The winner is 3-0 and the loser is looking at second or third.”

Both teams are pretty evenly matched. The Bulldogs post a solid running game with quarterback Konner Fowler and JR Wakley. Fowler is averaging 60 yards per game and leads the team with six rushing touchdowns. Wakley leads the team in yards with 424 and scored four touchdowns.

“(Yale) does a lot of good things offensively,” Bales said. “They can run the ball and have an athletic quarterback.”

The Bulldogs boast a pretty strong defense as its given up an average of 15 points per game. Bales said it will be a good challenge for his offense.

“They do a good job over there,” Bales said. “We’ve thrown in some new wrinkles on offense. Hope to keep them off balance.

The Wildcats defense has been very stingy. Only once has an opponent cracked double digits, that occurred in a 42-16 loss to the Alva Goldbugs on Sept. 7.

Agra (3-2, 2-2) at Coyle (3-2, 3-1)

The Bluejackets hope to continue their momentum and earn a third straight victory as they take on the Bearcats. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Coyle has won its last two games, including this past week’s 52-0 victory over Copan. Agra has lost the last two, including a 50-0 loss to Rejoice Christian last Friday. Coyle coach Shane Weathers said he knows a lot about the opponent.

“Agra isn’t very far from us,” Weathers said. “The last few years they were our first game. They have a really aggressive defense. We did some scouting and know what set they are going to run.”

The Bluejackets have spent a lot of time in practice focusing on correcting offensive mistakes. Though his starters played only for a short time on Friday, Weathers said he saw some progress.

“We are changing a few things,” Weathers said. “We are changing our blocking schemes. We’ve had two really good practices since we’ve been out of school the last couple of days. I think we will be very well prepared.

Hennessey (3-2, 1-0) at Perry (2-3, 1-1).

The Maroons hope to get off to a faster start Friday when they take on the defending state champion Eagles at 7:30 p.m. in Perry.

“We just came out flat in the first half last week and didn’t move the ball,” coach Craig Hixon said. “We came out in the second half and played like we are supposed to.

Perry is coming off a 59-22 loss to Alva. Hixon said Friday is a must win for his team.

“Our goals at the beginning of the season were to finish in the top two in our district,” Hixon said. “To do that you got to beat either Alva or Hennessey.”

Prague (1-4, 0-2) at Perkins-Tryon (3-2, 1-1)

The Demons’ offense finally broke out last week against Bethany, scoring 43 points and hope to continue that success Friday against the Red Devils.

“Our offense was clicking pretty good,” coach Lloyd Wertman said. “We still have room for improvement but we only had one turnover.”

Prague has been outscored 90-13 in its two district games. Wertman said they will pose a challenge.

“They are big and phyiscal,” Wertman said. “Their quarterback is a tough runner.”

A victory keeps the Demons in the race for a district title as they will remain within a game from Cushing and Seminole.

“There’s a lot to fight for,” Wertman said. “Seminole is at the top. Cushing is playing well and is in the top 10. Bristow is very talented and playing well. It’s going to be a hard fought district with a lot of good teams.”

Timberlake (2-3, 2-1) at Carney (1-4, 1-3)

The Bulldogs look to get back in the hunt for playoffs as they host the Tigers at 7:30 p.m. today.

“We have to win out,” coach Mark Davis said. “We have the first shot at doing that tomorrow night at home. I think we could have been 3-1. We should have beat Deer Creek-Lamont, despite what the score shows. I think we coud have beat Claremore.”

Timberlake is coming off a 54-18 victory against Prue and Carney enters with a 42-16 loss to Deer Creek-Lamont.

Henryetta (2-3, 0-2) at Cushing (4-1, 2-0)

Fresh off their 21-point comeback victory against Bristow, the Tigers are taking a break from district play, hosting the Knights Friday.

Cushing overcame a 21-point deficit in the last seven mintues to defeat Bristow 64-63 in overtime last week. The Tigers face a Henryetta team that’s lost its last two games. The Knights are averaging 19 points per game and giving up 17. The Tigers are averaging 41 points and giving up 26.

Alva (4-1, 2-0) at Pawnee (1-4, 0-2)

The Black Bears hope for a good showing against the Goldbugs at 7:30 p.m. in Pawnee.

Pawnee is on a three-game losing streak and has been outscored 36-7 in its two district games. Alva is on a four-game winning streak and creeped into the CoachesAide rankings at No. 8. The Goldbugs are coming off a 59-22 victory against Perry.