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September 27, 2012

Cushing football takes on unbeaten Bristow on Friday

P-T, Agra, Perry also have tough opponents this week.

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Cushing Tigers have put together several solid offensive performances and hope they have another on Friday when they host the Bristow Pirates 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Tigers (3-1, 1-0) scored over 40 points for the second time this season in a 43-6 rout over Prague in last week’s district opener. After four games, Cushing is averaging 35 points per game. This week though, the Tigers face a stingy Pirate defense that hasn’t given up more than 14 points in a game.

“Bristow is very talented,” coach Barrett Shupe said. “They are very deserving of their 4-0 record and top 10 ranking. We definitely have our hands full.”

The Pirates (4-0, 0-0) finished its non-district slate with a 14-7 victory over winless Morris. Bristow has been solid on the road as its outscored its opponents 64-14 in two games. Shupe said his team will need to play a sound fundamental football game.

“(Bristow) is good at getting the football into space,” Shupe said. “Defensively, they are good at running to the football. We will have to limit space and take care of the football. We can’t run it to the sideline we have to run down hill.”

The winner will hold a share of the district lead with Seminole who is playing outside of the district this week. This is will be the Tigers’ first home game since the season opener on Aug. 31. Shupe said it’s nice to be back on the home turf.

“We always have a nice crowd and good support,” Shupe said. “We are going to need it on Friday.”

Perkins-Tryon (2-2, 0-1) at Bethany (2-2, 0-1)

Demons’ coach Lloyd Wertman said there is two things his team must do to have a chance at a victory against the Broncos on Friday.

“We have to stop the turnovers,” Wertman said. “We only had one penalty last week but it came at a crucial time. We need to avoid penalties and finish drives.”

Perkins-Tryon had five turnovers in its 14-7 loss to No. 4 Seminole last week, including a fumbled kickoff and a fumble inside the Chieftains’ 20. The Demons’ only penalty occurred on second-and-goal from the two, the drive eventually ended with a missed field goal as Perkins-Tryon is yet to break 20 points in a game.

Bethany also lost a close game in its district opener — a 33-28 loss to Chandler. In their last three games, the Broncos are averaging 35 points . Wertman said this isn’t a must-win but one his team needs to have.

“We got a lot of football left after Friday,” Wertman said. “They’re taking four (for the playoffs). There is six teams fighting for those four spots. Every week is do or die. Points are important.”

Morrison (3-1, 1-0) at Hominy (1-3, 1-0)

The seventh-ranked Wildcats look to separate themselves from the pack when they take on the Bucks in Hominy.

“It’s an important game,” coach Cory Bales said. “Hominy has a lot of tradition. I’m confident in my staff. We should have a good scheme to stop them.”

Morrison opened district with a 54-8 victory over Depew and has only allowed its opponents to reach double digits once. Hominy got its first win last week at Barnsdall, 46-38. The Bucks’ defense has been suspect as the fewest points it allowed was 21 in a loss to Pawhuska.

Rejoice Christian (3-1, 3-0) at Agra (3-1, 2-1)

The Bearcats look to return to the win column against the surging Eagles 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Rejoice Christian enters the game on a three-game winning streak, averaging 47 points in that span. The Eagles have only given up 26 points in those three games — all of which came against Coyle.

Agra coach Mark Bingham said the Eagles like to keep the ball on the ground and his team will look to stop them.

“We gear up to stop the run first,” Bingham said. “Their style of offense helps play to what we want to do.”

Barnsdall (2-2, 0-1) at Yale (3-1, 1-0)

The Bulldogs hope to give their fans a memorable homecoming night as they take on the Panthers.

Barnsdall’s defense has allowed at least 30 points in three of its four games. Coach Craig Ellis hopes his team can take advantage.

“We should be able to move the ball,” Ellis said. “Their quarterback also lines up at middle linebacker. We have to make sure we keep him blocked and reduce errors.”

After giving up 29 points in the season opener, Yale has outscored its opponents 97-28.

Coyle (2-2, 2-1) at Copan (0-4, 0-3)

The Bluejackets is going against a Hornet team that has only scored eight points this season.

“We are treating it like any other week,” coach Shane Weathers said. “We have to make sure all eight guys on offense are functioning together. They are lining up together and execute correctly.”

Carney (1-3, 1-2) at Deer Creek-Lamont (3-1, 3-0)

The Bulldogs will have a daunting task to build on its first win as it goes against the No. 6 Eagles 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“It was a great feeling that we haven’t experienced,” coach Mark Davis said. “We hope to compete.”

Deer Creek-Lamont is averaging 53 points in its victories.

Perry (2-2, 1-0) at Alva (3-1, 1-0)

The Maroons look to avenge last season’s close loss in Perry when they face the Goldbugs 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Alva beat Perry 34-31 last year. The Maroons opened district with a 20-0 victory over Tonkawa. Alva beat Chisholm 54-7.

Pawnee (1-3, 0-1) at Tonkawa (1-3, 0-1)

The Black Bears look to rebound after a blowout loss, hitting the road against the Buccaneers 7:30 p.m. Friday in Tonkawa.

Pawnee lost to Newkirk 40-0 in last week’s district opener. In their three losses the Black Bears have been outscored 98-17. Tonkawa has lost three straight including a 20-0 loss at Perry.

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