By Andrew Glover
COYLE, Okla. —
One of the cruelties of single-elimination playoffs is there is no second chances. Friday, the Coyle Bluejackets experienced that hard truth as they lost to Keota 52-42 in Langston.
“It was a nice season,” Coyle coach Shane Weathers said. “It was a sad ending for our seniors.”
Weathers said his team struck quickly but second quarter turnovers put his team in a hole.
“They put 30 points on the board,” Weathers said. “Our guys did a good job of coming back in the second half. We got within eight at one point in the second half.”
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak and ended the careers of Coyle’s 10 seniors. Weathers said though they are losing a lot of experience his team still has a lot returning.
“We had a young class that played a lot because we were up in a lot of games,” Weathers said. “So we are going to be all right next year.”
Friday was also the final game the Bluejackets (8-3) played at Langston University. In 2013 they will play on their new field in Coyle.
“It’s really exciting,” Weathers said.
Yale hopes to take the next step in 2013
The Warner Eagles proved to be too much for the Bulldogs on Friday, in a 40-6 victory.
“They were pretty good,” Yale coach Craig Ellis said. “They were a little more physical than we thought. They didn’t make any mistakes and executed really well.”
Yale scored in the first quarter but Warner scored twice to hold a 12-6 lead after the first. In the second, the Eagles added two more scores to push their lead to 26-6 at halftime.
“At times we did pretty good,” Ellis said. “We moved the ball and got a score. Then we had drives stall after we gained a couple of first downs. We got down to the 20 a few times. On defense, we would get a few stops but a big play would hit us just right.”
The Bulldogs (6-5) graduate six, including three starting offensive linemen. Ellis said they have a lot of experience coming back.
“We have a lot of juniors coming back,” Ellis said. “Hopefully we can take it a level higher. Two years ago we made the playoffs at 4-7. This year we had a winning record for the first time in a long time.”
Time runs out for Perry
The Maroons were a touchdown away from taking a lead with 7:38 left in the game. Unfortunately, that score didn’t come as Perry’s season ended with a 34-28 loss.
Millwood held a 20-point lead with 3:55 left in the third, thanks to three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. Austin Allen scored his second rushing touchdown to cut Millwood’s lead to 34-20 with 45 seconds left in the third. Darreal Williams scored on a 70-yard run with 7:38 left in the fourth.
Perry graduates nine including starting running back Allen. The Maroons return several key players including quarterback Kale Hixon and Williams.
Young players get experience in second half of Demons’ season
Perkins-Tryon was missing several key players Friday at Jones and it proved to be too much to overcome as the Demons lost 48-12.
The Longhorns outscored P-T 28-0 in the first quarter. Both of the Demons’ top two quarterbacks (Caleb White and Zac Bledsoe) were injured leaving freshman Dillion Longbrake behind center. Clark Crotty got the Demons on the board with an 11-yard run in the second quarter. At the end of the game, John Sasser caught a 17-yard pass from Longbrake.
Jones out-rushed Perkins-Tryon 285-112. The Demons only averaged 2.4 yards per carry. P-T ended the season with a four-game losing streak and graduate nine including running backs Devin Peyton and Tanner Bridenstine. With the injuries the Demons had in the last four games a lot of young players gained playing time.