By Andrew Glover
CUSHING, Okla. —
Last year when the Perry Maroons and the Cushing Tigers met, Gage Stallworth ran all over the Maroon defense for six touchdowns in a 48-36 Tiger victory. Cushing will look to give the Maroons a heavy dose of Stallworth in the rematch.
“We thought our passing game was going to get tested last week,” Cushing coach Barrett Shupe said. “We were able to block well. Our offensive line and receivers did a good job of blocking up front. When you can do that Stallworth is going to make guys miss.”
First-year Perry coach Cameron Bennett said his defense knows the task at hand but thinks they are ready.
“I think my guys are up to the task,” Perry coach Cameron Bennett said. “We got a lot better this week.”
Last week Stallworth continued where he left off last season rushing for 344 yards and scored five touchdowns. Shupe said it’s always a good play when Stallworth has the ball.
“We had some good blocking and were able to get in a groove in the second half,” Shupe said.
Bennett’s defense had a strong first week — intercepting five passes in a 21-6 victory over Blackwell.
“I thought our defense did a great job of attacking Blackwell where they are at the strongest,” Bennett said.
While Perry’s defense was strong, the offense struggled as it is trying to grasp Bennett’s system. The Maroons rushed for 75 yards on 44 carries — less than two yards per carry. Passing wasn’t much better as senior Cooper Skluzacek and freshman Dustin Padilla combined to complete three of 11 passes for 26 yards and one interception.
“We have to get a lot better on offense,” Bennett said. “It’s a new system and we have some bumps and bruises. We struggled on offense but we will get a lot better.”
Shupe said the only difference he has seen in Perry is their schemes and added just because they have a new coach won’t change the Maroon’s intensity.
“They ran a 4-3 defense,” Shupe said. “On offense they ran a pro-style formation. They have a good coach and they are going to continue to play physical.”
Bennett said his team definitely needs to limit Stallworth’s impact.
“Their quarterback is pretty good,” Bennett said. “If we can take the ball out of their running back’s hands it will really help. Offensively if we can sustain drives and keep him on the sidelines it will be really good for us.”
After taking out a ranked Jones last week, the Perkins-Tryon Demons will look to stop McLoud which is ranked No. 13 in Class 4A at 7:30 p.m. Friday The Demons beat Jones 23-14 last week and are tied with Hilldale for No. 12 in Class 3A. Coach Lloyd Wertman could care less about rankings.
“We can’t look at rankings,” Wertman said. “We have to get ready for an excellent McLoud team. They have physical running backs, their offensive line is big and physical and their defensive line is big and physical. We are going against a solid defense.”
One of the things, P-T will have to stop is the Redskins’ multi-threat quarterback and their running backs.
“We have to contain their backs and receivers,” Wertman said. “They have no weak link on offense and defense — none.”
While most teams are playing their second game this week, the Agra Bearcats are playing their first and it’s a tough one — Sharon-Mutual — ranked third in Class C.
“They look really good on film,” coach Enoch Jackson said. “We are going to have to play good fundamental football if we are going to beat them.”
The Morrison Wildcats, ranked No. 8 in Class A will have to prove their ranking on the road at Alva, ranked No. 12 in Class 2A at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Last season Alva routed Morrison 42-16 in Morrison. Morrison opened with a 20-6 win at Pawnee but coach Cory Bales wasn’t too impressed with his offense's performance.
“We had blown assignments with the running game,” Bales said. “We weren’t getting whipped up front but we were breaking down fundamentally. We have to do better at assignment football otherwise it’s going to be a long evening.”
Bales also said his defense will have to stop Alva’s passing game adding his team has some mismatch disadvantages.
“We will have to defend the pass well,” Bales said. “We have to be dang sure that we stay in our pass-rush lanes. They got height on us and speed on us.”
The Yale Bulldogs look to move to 2-0 in their home opener with Wellston 7:30 p.m. Friday. Coach Craig Ellis said it will be important for his defense to read Wellston’s offense.
“Wellston is running multiple sets of offenses,” Ellis said. “We need to make sure we lineup correctly. If we aren’t lined up right, we could allow a big play.”
The Coyle Bluejackets hope to win their second in a row when they face the Woodland Cougars. The Bluejackets opened the season with a 40-0 victory over Covington-Douglas. It was the first time that Coyle beat Covington in its school history. Coyle coach Shane Weathers said executing well will be key.
“We need to execute on offense and keep flying around with our speed on defense,” Weathers said. “If we can do those two things we will be fine.”
The Pawnee Black Bears are looking for their first victory when they play at Hominy 7:30 p.m. Friday. Pawnee beat Hominy 28-6 last season at home.