By Andrew Glover
SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. —
After getting blown out in their opening game last week, the Agra Bearcats hung tough but couldn’t hold on to a first-half lead in a 22-20 loss to the South Coffeyville Lions Friday.
“We had a little barn burner,” Agra coach Enoch Jackson said. “We only had eight guys and we got worn down toward the end of the game. The defense played well but allowed some big plays late.”
The Bearcats held a 14-8 halftime lead. The Lions tied it in the third. Each team scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter but Agra ended up on the short end of the scoreboard. Jacob Uptain caught a touchdown pass and ran for a touchdown. Trent Edwards caught a touchdown pass. Will McEntire threw two touchdown passes. Jackson said his team was much improved compared to their 50-0 Week 1 loss to Sharon-Mutual.
“The boys gave everything they had,” Jackson said. “The effort was great.”
Even with the close loss, the road won’t get much easier for the Bearcats.
Agra will play host to Woodland (1-2), which trounced Copan 54-0, next Friday.
Bales has concerns entering district opener
MORRISON — Most coaches would be happy with winning two out of three games but Morrison coach Cory Bales sees plenty of things his team needs to improve going into Friday’s district opener against Depew.
“Last night was a struggle,” Bales said. “We scored 32 points in the first half but ended up holding on for dear life at the end of the game. We need to learn how to finish a game and hold a team off.”
The Wildcats led Oklahoma Bible Academy 32-6 at halftime but only won 32-27. One of things Bales hopes improve in district is the passing game — specifically protecting quarterback Jordan Quinata.
“Our pass protection was terrible,” Bales said. “We had to run the ball a lot more. (OBA) wasn’t running anything we hadn’t seen. We had trouble picking up the blitz.”
On defense, Bales said his secondary needs to make better decisions in coverage.
“We made poor decisions in the secondary and gave up big plays,” Bales said. “We want teams to earn touchdowns and not just give up big plays.”
Perry coach Bennett sees improvement in offense
PERRY — It may not look like the Perry Maroons accomplished a lot on offense, only scoring seven points in a 53-7 loss to Anadarko. Perry coach Cameron Bennett said he is seeing improvement in his offense’s performance.
“We are starting to gel better,” Bennett said. “The offense is definitely getting better. We just had a couple of drops (last night). Our receivers dropped two balls that (Anadarko) got interceptions on. They led to touchdowns. We probably played the best on offense as we have all season.”
Bennett said he is completely confident his team will get its offense going in district, starting with Tonkawa on Friday.
“We prepare for every game the same way,” Bennett said. “We treat every game the same. We want to win every game.”