By Andrew Glover
PERKINS, Okla. —
The Perkins-Tryon Demons entered Thursday’s game against the Bristow Purple Pirates needing a victory to stay in the District 1-3A race. P-T coach Lloyd Wertman was hoping his team would start fast. That’s exactly what happened as P-T controlled the clock and rushed for 448 yards in a 48-21 victory at McIlvain Field.
“I thought our defense did an excellent job,” Wertman said “That first group only punted once. We had long drives. We kept moving the sticks and kept the ball out of their hands.”
The Demons (4-3, 2-2) had three players with more than 100 yards rushing. Tyler Taff led the team with 133 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Shelby Reese ran for 108 yards on eight carries and Matt Waitt ran for 100 yards on 12 carries. Perkins had four drives of 60 or more yards with all of them ending in touchdowns. In the third quarter, P-T had a seven-play 90-yard scoring drive. Wertman said his line did a good job controlling the line of scrimmage, but added he was hoping to pass more.
“We tried a couple passes, but the pass protection broke down,” Wertman said. “We are still working on that very hard. We felt like we could control the line of scrimmage and we did from the get-go. We burned some time off the clock and kept the ball out of their hands.”
Quarterbacks Reese and Zac Bledsoe combined for 22 yards on six attempts. P-T’s running game received a boost as Jacob Peyton returned to action for the first time since Sept. 27 against Seminole. On seven carries he rushed for 72 yards — with his longest coming in the second half on a 45-yard run.
“We played (Peyton) spottingly,” Wertman said. “He will be full-go next week.”
In the second half, the Demons scored on all four second half possessions. Waitt scored on an eight-yard run during Perkins first possession of the second half. The Pirates turned the ball over on downs at the P-T 10. It only took the Demons seven plays to reach the end zone. Bledsoe finished the drive with a 15-yard run. At the beginning of the fourth, Taff scored his second touchdown on a seven-yard run.
Led by Dillion Longbrake, the younger Demons joined the scoring party as Shawn Crosby capped off a 29-yard drive, with a three-yard run for Perkins final score of the game.
The Pirates offense was spotty at best as it didn’t get an offensive touchdown until the third quarter when Trevor Miller capped off an 81-yard drive with a three-yard run. Quarterback Kiante Wilson completed a 49-yard pass to RJ Beck to set up the Purple Pirates at the Perkins 21. Nate Bradford scored Bristow’s final score as time expired. Bristow only rushed for 88 yards on 29 carries with most of the yardage coming against the Demons’ second team.
The game couldn't have gotten off to a worst start for Bristow (2-5, 1-2) as they fumbled the opening kickoff and the Demons recovered at the Pirates 43. Purple Pirates quarterback Kiante Wilson completed a 49-yard pass to Blaylen Crawford to the Demons 23 but Crawford fumbled and P-T's John Sasser recovered at the 24. Halfway through the second quarter, Reese picked off Wilson and returned it for a 30-yard touchdown. The Purple Pirates only picked up two first downs in the first half.
Wilson led the team in rushing with 53 yards on 13 carries to go along with 188 yards passing on 13 attempts. Montgomery led Bristow in receiving with three receptions for 70 yards, with most of the yards coming on a 58-yard reception in the third quarter.
The Demons, who had trouble moving the ball in the first half the previous two weeks, had no problems this game, but getting points was an issue. The first possession was successful as P-T turned Bristow's fumble into points. Matt Waitt scored on a 14-yard run and converted the extra point to put the Demons ahead 7-0. On Perkins next possession, P-T drove inside Bristow's 20 but Zac Bledsoe's pass was intercepted by Brennan Montgomery and he took it 90 yards for the tying touchdown. P-T drove inside the Pirates' 20 again but couldn't convert a short fourth down and turned it over on downs. The Demons did cash in towards the end of the half as they drove 64 yards on six plays with Tyler Taff finishing the drive on a three-yard touchdown.
The Demons shift their focus to next Friday as they visit their Highway 33 rival Cushing, who beat Chandler 48-14. Wertman said no doubt it will be a big game.
“You can throw records out,” Wertman said. “It’s going to be very tough.”