By Andrew Glover
PRAGUE, Okla. —
Perkins-Tryon coach Lloyd Wertman is looking for answers about his team’s slow starts in the first half the last two weeks.
“We ran 13 plays in the first half and only had two first downs,” Wertman said. “The second half, we score 33 points. I don’t get it. I’m pulling my hair out. Our play in the first half was uninspired. We need to find our mojo.”
The Demons (3-3, 1-2) trailed the Prague Red Devils 14-7 at halftime before scoring 26 unanswered to win 41-21. Last week against Bethany, P-T was shutout in the first half but scored 29 points in the second half of a 32-29 loss. Friday, Quarterback Shelby Reese and running back and linebacker Shawn Crosby returned to action. Reese threw a touchdown pass to Matt Waitt and scored on an interception return.
The victory was much needed for the Demons to stay in the district race. On Thursday, they host Bristow, which is coming off a 37-34 victory over Chandler.
“We still have a lot to play for,” Wertman said. “Lucky for us we get to play Bristow at home with a short week.”
Cushing takes care of business against Henryetta
HENRYETTA — The Cushing Tigers may have played a nondistrict game Friday but that didn’t mean they were going to take the game lightly as they shutout the Henryetta Knights 42-0.
“We played pretty well and started fast,” Cushing coach Barrett Shupe said.
The Tigers scored all of their points in the first half, which allowed some of the younger players to play in the second half and give rest to the starters.
“No doubt it was a huge benefit for us,” Shupe said. “Chandler is going to be a tough opponent.”
Friday’s shutout was the second of the season for Cushing. Shupe said he likes how the defense is playing.
“We had a really good practice,” Shupe said. “Again my defensive staff came up with a great gameplan and we executed it. I feel like if we continue to play defense like that and move the ball we have a good chance at beating some people.”
Perry struggles in loss to Hennessey
HENNESSEY — The Perry Maroons only scored one touchdown in a 40-7 loss at the No. 5 Hennessey Eagles Friday.
Cooper Skluzacek, who missed last week’s game returned as quarterback and tied the game with a one-yard run. After that it was all Eagles. The Maroons only had 89 yards of total offense and allowed 389 yards. Perry had to punt seven times with an average of 34 yards and threw two interceptions.
Friday was the fourth game that Perry only scored once and the third game where it allowed 40 or more points. The Maroons visit Chisholm on Thursday.