By Andrew Glover
JONES, Okla. —
Ten months ago, the Perkins-Tryon Demons couldn’t hang on to the ball in a 48-12 rout against the Jones Longhorns in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. Friday night was a different story for the Demons as they turned the tables in a 23-14 victory.
“Everyone was predicting us to lose,” P-T coach Lloyd Wertman said. “A couple of polls had (Jones) in the top 10 and some in the top 15. That was a great win for the P-T D’s.”
Helping the Demons’ cause was the fact that they were able to hold the Longhorns’ offense in check. After allowing a touchdown on the second possession of the game, Perkins didn’t allow Jones to score until the fourth quarter. The defense even scored themselves with a safety in the fourth.
“That was coach (Steven) Grotheer’s defense,” Wertman said. “We allowed three first downs in the first quarter, two first downs in the second quarter, two first downs in the third quarter and four in the fourth quarter. We only allowed 11 first downs the entire game.”
Perkins-Tryon quarterback Shelby Reese turned the momentum at the end of the first quarter with the Demons trailing 6-0. On fourth-and-two from their own 38, Reese faked a punt and ran it for 68 yards to set up P-T’s first score.
“Shelby did an outstanding job,” Wertman said. “He ran that fake punt for 68 yards. Jones scored first but we scored 21 unanswered to take a 21-6 lead at halftime.”
Wertman said the biggest key for P-T was the amount of players it played compared to Jones.
“The P-T D’s played 37 kids Friday night,” Wertman said. “That’s offense, defense and special teams. We knew we had a lot of depth and were able to play a lot of kids. That was a record for me. It was a hard fought game. Every down, everything was on the line. We were able to keep putting fresh bodies in there.”
Yale wins big against Hulbert
HULBERT — Last season, the Yale Bulldogs were left licking their wounds at home after a 29-6 loss to Hulbert. Friday night, Yale had a complete reversal of fortune in a 40-6 rout at Hulbert.
“We wore them down,” Yale coach Craig Ellis said. “They started cramping up in the third quarter and our guys kept plugging away.”
In his first game as quarterback, J.R. Wakely picked apart the Riders with three touchdown passes. Austin Reams caught two touchdowns of 20 and 25 yards respectively. Konner Fowler, who was last season’s quarterback, caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. Devion Saunders returned a kickoff 60 yards to set up a score, caught a pass for 42 yards and rushed for 16 yards.
Coyle opens new field with a bang, tops Covington-Douglas
COYLE — The Coyle Bluejackets have waited a long time to get to have their own field. Friday night in front of their first home crowd the Bluejackets didn’t disappoint with a 40-0 victory over Covington-Douglas.
“It was really special for us to get in our new facility and win,” Coyle coach Shane Weathers said. “We played really hard.”
Though the end result looked good for Coyle, it wasn’t pretty in the beginning and Weathers hopes they can clean that up next week against Woodland.
“We were a little over hyped and got some early penalties,” Weathers said. “We settled down. The running backs ran hard. Our defensive speed is what really won us the game. We were able to get after their quarterback.”