By Andrew Glover
CARNEY, Okla. —
The Pawnee Black Bears struggled to score in a 24-6 loss to the Tonkawa Buccaneers Friday.
“We had a few breakdowns in coverage,” Houston Jr. said. “It was a tough loss. Tonkawa is a good team.”
The defenses dominated the first quarter as it ended in a scoreless tie. Pawnee stopped the Buccaneers in the red zone and took advantage — driving 82 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Marlon Houston Jr. connected with Caylon Biddy for a 13-yard touchdown pass. For the fourth time in five games, that would be all of Pawnee’s scoring. The only game the Black Bears scored 10 or more points was on Sept. 20 in a 37-0 victory over Barnsdall.
Turnovers and penalties plagued the Black Bears’ offense. Pawnee committed eight penalties for 85 yards and threw three interceptions. Houston Jr. completed 11 of 22 passes for 114 yards. Browning Nicolet led the Black Bears with 70 rushing yards on 10 carries. Biddy caught three passes for 53 yards.
“We got the ball in the redzone a few times and just weren’t able to score,” coach Houston said. “We had a few injuries and had to move some kids around but the kids played hard.”
The Buccaneers (4-1, 2-0) took the lead on a pair of touchdown passes from 14 and 42 yards, respectively. A third touchdown pass in the third quarter put the game away.
Pawnee (2-3, 0-2) visits Alva at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Maroons improve offensively
PERRY — The end result may have been a 34-21 loss to the Alva Goldbugs for the Maroons but the offense showed improvement.
“We didn’t do bad offensively,” coach Cameron Bennett said. “We started a freshman quarterback due to injuries.”
Dustin Padilla started for Cooper Skluzacek and threw for 121 yards with one touchdown. The 21 points were the most for the Maroons since their 21-6 Week 1 victory. While the offense experienced success, the defense struggled with Alva’s spread attack and taller receivers.
“We were in position to make plays defensively but didn’t,” Bennett said. “They have a pretty good quarterback and we weren’t able to get pressure on him. They have couple receivers that are 6-4 and it was a challenge for our 5-8 to 5-9 backs covering them.”
Skluzacek isn’t the only player out as 10 other Maroons are also injured. Perry visits Hennessey at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Tigers continue to dominate on defense
BRISTOW — It seems that no one can figure out the Cushing Tigers defense. The Bristow Pirates were no different Friday as they only scored seven points with 105 yards of offense and just eight first downs.
“We have good effort, attitude and body language,” coach Barrett Shupe said. “We run to the ball well and the defensive staff (Dusty Hancock, Mike Carmin and Rusty Morgan) has done an unbelevable job of preparing the kids each week.”
Friday was the second time in three games that Cushing has held its opponent to one score or less. Last week, Prague scored the majority of its 22 on the Tigers’ second team. Last year, the Tigers allowed 63 points to the Pirates. The defense got a takeaway.
Cushing (5-0, 2-0) takes a break from district play as it travels to Henryetta at 7:30 p.m. Friday.