By Andrew Glover
MORRISON, Okla. —
All the offseason drills, summer practices and time in the weight room has led the Morrison Wildcats to a victory away from clinching a district title for the first time since 2008, when they face the Kiefer Trojans at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“I told the guys this is why you play competitive sports,” Morrison coach Cory Bales said. “All the hard work these guys put in could pay off Friday night.”
Bales said his defense will have to be prepared to face a balanced offensive attack by the Trojans.
“They have two good running backs,” Bales said. “They got a good quarterback with a lot of weapons. They will spread the field on you.”
Morrison and Kiefer played for the district championship last season with the Trojans victorious, 23-8, at home. Bales said his team will have to win the line of scrimmage.
“Last year we jumped out on them and thought we had another score that was called back,” Bales said. “We couldn’t move the ball in the second half. We are going to throw in different things to keep them honest. We need to control the line of scrimmage.”
The Cushing Tigers will look to clinch a home playoff game when they play the Bethany Bronchos at 7:30 p.m. Friday at O’Dell Field. Coach Barrett Shupe said they will be going against a talented offense.
“The main thing is we need to line up well,” Shupe said. “We have to make sure our fits are good. If we do that we should be good if they pass or run. We need to shut down their running game.”
The Coyle Bluejackets (7-1, 6-1) are looking to secure a home playoff game with a victory over South Coffeyville at 7:30 p.m. Friday in South Coffeyville.
“We got a long trip, three hours down there,” coach Shane Weathers said. “If we go down and execute what we are supposed to we should be fine. We had a good practice and the boys should be ready.”
The Bluejackets could still win the district if Woodland beats Rejoice Christian to create a three-way tie.
The Perkins-Tryon Demons hope to give their seniors a win in their last home game against Okmulgee at 7:30 p.m. Friday at McIlvain Field in Perkins.
The Demons (4-5, 2-4) will still be without their first two quarterbacks. Shelby Reese was cleared to come back but reinjured an ankle and is doubtful. Backup Zac Bledsoe is out with a concussion. Dillion Longbrake and Matt Waitt will split the quarterbacking duties. P-T is also hoping for a tiebreaker scenario to play out in its favor. If Bristow beats Prague and Chandler loses to Seminole by at least 15 points, the Demons would clinch the final playoff spot.
“It’s senior night and you want all of your starters playing,” coach Lloyd Wertman said. “Injuries are part of the game. It gives an opportunity to a younger player to step up. We are only guaranteed one chance to get a little better. After Friday who knows.”
The Perry Maroons (3-6, 1-4) hope to end the season on a high note as they host the Newkirk Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Perry enters on a two-game winning streak and coming off its first district victory.
Yale (4-5, 2-4) hopes to finish off the season with a victory against Regent Prep. Yale was knocked out of the playoffs after a 42-20 loss to Hominy last week.
Pawnee (2-7, 0-6) closes out the season at home against Crescent at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Black Bears have lost six straight games and finished winless in district for the second consecutive season.