By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The State Highway 33 rivalry is always a big game for the Perkins-Tryon Demons and the Cushing Tigers. This season for the first time, the game will be more than just another win in the win column as playoff implications are on the line at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Perkins’ McElwain Field.
“Rival games are always big,” PT coach Lloyd Wertman said. “With us in the same district it’s way bigger than before. They will be ready. There is lots riding on this game. We are fighting for homefield advantage.”
“It’s a big game,” Cushing coach Barrett Shupe said. “There is a lot to play for. Two teams are going to be battling it out and at the end of the night one will win. We hope it’s us.”
The Demons (4-2, 3-1) are looking to sophomore Zac Bledsoe to lead the offense after they lost senior starting quarterback Caleb White to a broken collarbone. Bledsoe played most of the game last week and threw the game-winning touchdown pass against Bristow. Wertman said White will be missed but is confident in Bledsoe.
“(White) is a three-year starter,” Wertman said. “When you lose a player like that, a lot of players have to step up. Caleb is a great player. It’s heartbreaking for him to go out like that. I have a lot of respect for him.
“Zac played almost all of the game and did an excellent job. He has a good armand can run. He came into that situation and handled it well.”
Wertman said Cushing will be a very challenging opponent for his Demons.
“Cushing is really improved,” Wertman said. “They are very verstaile on both sides of the ball. They have quality running backs.”
Shupe said his team will have to play well on both sides of the ball.
“We got to block well, tackle well, take care of the ball and special teams” Shupe said. “The team that does that the best will likely come out on top.”
Barnsdall (3-4, 1-2) at Morrison (6-1, 4-0)
The Wildcats look to get a win closer to being district champions as they take on the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
It will be the final regular season home game for Morrison. Coach Cory Bales said it’s exciting to be closing in on the title adding his team will face some good skill players.
“They like to spread you out,” Bales said. “They run more out of the spread than pass. They got some weapons. I think we have a huge advantage on both sides up front.”
Oaks Mission (3-4, 2-4) at Coyle (5-2, 5-1)
The Bluejackets are looking for solid execution as they aim for their fifth straight win against the Warriors at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“We want to play penalty free and have complete execution,” coach Shane Weathers said. “We are getting into the type of season where we want to be clicking on all cylinders.”
Weathers said most of the practices have been focused on getting better at execution. Coyle has outscored its opponents 198-28 during its winning streak. Oaks Mission has lost three straight being outscored 146-6.
Yale (4-3, 2-2) at Depew (0-7, 0-3)
The past two weeks, the Bulldogs have had to face the best teams in their district — Morrison and Kiefer. Thursday, Yale gets a welcome change of pace as it visits the district cellar dweller Hornets at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s nice,” coach Craig Ellis said. “We got beat up a little last week. Hopefully we can recover well and go down and play Depew.”
A victory will put the Bulldogs in good position to return to the playoffs as they will still hold third.
Welch (4-3, 4-2) at Agra (4-3, 3-3)
After winning by forfeit last week, the Bearcats look to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Agra is one game behind Welch and South Coffeyville, who are currently tied for fourth in Class B District 3. A victory would give the Bearcats the head-to-head tiebreaker over both schools. Welch is coming off a 44-12 victory over South Coffeyville and is on a three-game winning streak.
Chisholm (3-4, 0-3) at Pawnee (1-6, 0-4)
The Black Bears hope to gain their first district win against the Longhorns at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pawnee has lost its last five games and haven’t scored more than seven points in a district game. Three of the Black Bears’ four district losses have been by over 40 points. Chisholm lost 42-20 to Perry last week after being outscored 100-13 in losses to Alva and Hennessey.
Perry (3-4) at Luther (2-5)
The Maroons take a break from their district schedule as they visit the Lions at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Luther is coming off a 40-20 loss to Christian Heritage and have fallen in five of its last six. The Lions average 27 points per game but are giving up 34. Perry ended a two-game losing streak with a 42-20 win over Chisholm. The Maroons are looking to return to .500 since they were 2-2 after a victory against Tonkawa.
Gracemont (0-7) at Carney (3-4)
The Bulldogs are looking to even their win-loss total as they take on the winless Lions.
Carney is coming off its first shutout of the season. The Bulldogs have scored 50 points in its last two games. The Lions have only scored 14 points this season and lost by at least 40.