By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Cushing Tigers and the Perkins-Tryon Demons will battle for district positioning as the Highway 33 rivalry heads to Cushing at 7:30 p.m. Friday at O’Dell Field.
The Tigers (7-0, 3-0) look to keep their undefeated record intact to play for the Class 3A District 2 championship next week at Seminole. Cushing coach Barrett Shupe said he knows Perkins-Tryon will give his team its best shot.
“(P-T) should be fired up, they are a good football team,” Shupe said. “It’s a good rivalry game and I think both teams will be ready to play.”
Shupe emphasized his team is focused on Friday’s meeting with Perkins and not looking further than that.
“We aren’t a good enough team to (look past anybody),” Shupe said. “If we don’t go in with the right mind, Perkins is a team that will tear us a part. We have a huge challenge Friday. We need to be prepared mentally and physically.”
The Demons (4-3, 2-2) will have the challenge of stopping Cushing running back Gage Stallworth and the Tigers offense. On offense, P-T will have to find away to run against a physical defense.
“(Cushing) is very potent on offense and stingy on defense,” Perkins-Tryon coach Lloyd Wertman said. “They are well-coached and 7-0, and rightfully so. It’s going to be a tough ball game. We have our work cut out for us. We have to play with no mistakes. They have good receivers and a good quarterback that is elusive.”
Shupe said the game will come down to the battle of the trenches.
“The team that is able to run the ball has the best chance to win the game,” Shupe said.
The Morrison Wildcats (6-1, 4-0) will look to get closer to playing for a district title when they visit the Barnsdall Panthers (4-3, 2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Wildcats coach Cory Bales said it will be a challenge and will face different looks.
“(Barnsdall) passes to run the ball and then run play action off it,” Bales said. “The quarterback runs the ball well and he has good receivers. It’s going to come down to who plays the best up front on both sides of the ball.”
The Coyle Bluejackets (6-1, 5-1) visit Oaks-Mission, who is contending for the Class B playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Oaks. Coyle coach Shane Weathers said Oaks is improved.
“They have a good quarterback and (running) back,” Weathers said. “We have to make sure we execute good containment.”
Weathers also said he is already preparing his team for the playoffs.
“We’ve been working on new offensive sets and we are going to execute some of those plays on Friday,” Weathers said.
The Yale Bulldogs (3-4, 1-3) are looking at staying in the Class A playoff race when they host the Depew Hornets (4-3, 0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Yale is one game behind Hominy for the fourth and final playoff spot in Class A.
“It’s a critical week for us,” Yale coach Craig Ellis said. “On top of that it’s senior day. Hopefully we will come out and be ready to play and stay on task.”
The Pawnee Black Bears (2-5, 0-4) will look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they face the Chisholm Longhorns (6-1, 2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Enid. The Black Bears are looking to score for the first time since racking up 20 points in the first half against Alva on Oct. 11. Pawnee must win to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
The Perry Maroons (1-6, 0-4) hope to return to the win column in a non-district contest against the Luther Lions (4-3, 2-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Perry. The Maroons have lost six straight games including four district games. Luther enters the game coming off a 30-20 loss to Christian Heritage.