Stillwater News Press

November 2, 2013

Tigers hope to rebound from first loss

By Andrew Glover

SEMINOLE, Okla. — While the Cushing Tigers weren’t able to get their paws on a district championship trophy they are now looking to pounce on the next best thing — hosting a playoff game as their focus shifts to the Bethany Bronchos.

“It’s going to be a big game Friday,” coach Barrett Shupe said. “The winner gets to host a playoff game. On Monday, we will get to work and prepare for a good Bethany team.”

Though his team came up short, Shupe said he was pleased with how it rallied in the fourth quarter.

“Coming back and recovering a second onside kick was great,” Shupe said. “We just need to execute better next time.”

Cushing (8-1, 4-1) trailed 20-0 at halftime but outscored Seminole 14-0 in the second half. Shupe said his team executed better in the second half.

“We talked to the kids at halftime about getting off blocks better,” Shupe said. “We were a little more physical in the second half. We were physical in the first half, just weren’t making plays.”

Bethany is coming off a 42-21 victory over Bristow.

Morrison eyes first district title since 2008

MORRISON — The Morrison Wildcats turn their attention to the Kiefer Trojans as they look for their first district championship since 2008.

“It’s going to be a big game Friday,” coach Cory Bales said. “The stadium is going to be packed. It should be a fun night.”

Morrison played Kiefer last season for district and came up short in a 23-8 loss in Kiefer. The last time the Wildcats won district was when they won their fourth straight state championship. Kiefer is coming off a 57-43 victory over Barnsdall.

The Wildcats’ starters will be well rested as they didn’t play most of the second half in a 42-20 victory over Foyil on Friday.

Demons look to end on high note for seniors

PERKINS — The Perkins-Tryon Demons had their playoff hopes dashed Friday in a 56-26 loss to the Chandler Lions but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to take Okmulgee lightly.

“We are playing for a chance to finish 5-5 and send the seniors out with a victory,” coach Lloyd Wertman said.

The Demons (4-5, 2-4) finished their district slate Friday and ended with -18 district points. Even if P-T was to finish in a three-way tie with Bristow beating Prague and Chandler losing to Seminole, they wouldn’t win the tiebreaker. If Chandler loses to Seminole by 15 or more points it would tie the Demons at -18 district points and the Lions hold the tiebreaker with Friday’s win.

Just like last season, injuries piled up on the Demons. Running back Jacob Peyton was banged up most of the season. Senior quarterback Shelby Reese was hurt off-and-on and missed two games including Friday. Fullback Clark Crotty and Shawn Crosby also missed time. Backup quarterback Zac Bledsoe was also injured in Perkins’ loss to Cushing — leaving the quarterbacking duties to Dillon Longbrake.

This is the first season since 2009 that P-T won’t be playing in the playoffs. In that season it finished 5-5.

Maroons build momentum with district win

PAWNEE — The Maroons (3-6, 1-4) may not have playoffs in their future but gained momentum with a district victory over Pawnee.

“It’s big for us,” coach Cameron Bennett said. “Hopefully we can get a win next week and finish out the year 3-0.”

Perry concludes the 2013 season at home against