By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
With only four games left in the season, wins become crucial to determining playoff spots and seeds. The Perkins-Tryon Demons look to improve their place in District 1-3A when they face the Bristow Pirates at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at McIlvain Field.
“We still have a lot to play for,” P-T coach Lloyd Wertman said. “We just have to take care of business.”
The Demons (3-3, 1-2) earned their first district win in a 41-21 victory over Prague. P-T trailed 14-7 at halftime but rallied in the second half. The Pirates (2-4, 1-1) have won two out their last three — including a 37-34 victory over Chandler for their first district win. Wertman said Bristow will be a challenge.
“Bristow is gaining confidence,” Wertman said. “They have good speed and size.”
While P-T got quarterback Shelby Reese, running back and linebacker Shawn Crosby back, it will still be without running backs Jacob Peyton and Clark Crotty. Tight end and defensive end Kade Richards will be a game-time decision.
The Cushing Tigers (6-0, 2-0) look to keep their undefeated season alive as they visit the Chandler Lions (3-3, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Cushing coach Barrett Shupe said the Lions will be tough especially playing at their place.
“They have a lot of good skill players,” Shupe said. “They do a good job of tackling in open space. They give us some matchup problems. We got to execute offensively and defensively.”
The Morrison Wildcats (5-1, 3-0) will look for other players to step up Thursday as their starting quarterback is wounded when they face the Drumright Tornadoes at 7:30 p.m.
Morrison coach Cory Bales said sophomore Jordan Quinata strained his Achilles tendon in last week’s victory over Yale and said he’s going to try and play it safe and keep him out.
“I’m going to try to move people around and put Scotty Van Dorn at quarterback,” Bales said. “I talked with the kids and said if they go up and block it doesn’t matter who is running throught holes and receiving handoffs.”
Tristan Garringer will get the start at halfback and Andrew Van Dorn will receive some action as well. Bales said Quinata can play if it becomes necessary.
The Coyle Bluejackets (5-1, 4-1) will look to take care of business against a struggling Watts (0-6, 0-4) squad at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Coyle. Bluejackets coach Shane Weathers said he is going to try some new things in the game.
“We are going to put in a zone-read scheme on offense,” Weathers said. “We will hope for smooth execution.”
After getting shut out by Morrison last week, the Yale Bulldogs (3-3, 1-2) will deal with undefeated Kiefer (6-0, 2-0) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Kiefer.
“We’ve been working on the offense,” Yale coach Craig Ellis said. “We want to be able to control the ball and run off the clock.”
Ellis said his squad isn’t intimidated with the task of facing the undefeated Trojans and expects his team to play hard.
“Last year we played our hardest against Kiefer,” Ellis said. “Hopefully that will be the case this year.”
The Pawnee Black Bears (2-4, 0-3) hope to build on last week’s success against Alva when they host the Hennessey Eagles (5-1, 2-0) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Pawnee lost 44-20 last week but led 20-14 at halftime.
Last season, the Perry Maroons won their last four games of the season to make the playoffs. This season, Perry hopes to start another rally at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, visiting the Chisholm Longhorns.
The Maroons (1-5, 0-3) enter on a five-game losing streak with their most recent being a 40-7 loss to Hennessey. Chisholm (5-1, 1-1) is coming off a 54-21 victory over Crooked Oak.