By Andrew Glover
YALE, Okla. —
CUSHING — The Cushing Tigers built a large first-half lead to coast to a 49-22 victory over the Prague Red Devils at O’Dell Field Friday.
Quarterback Ian Jones got the scoring started with a 16-yard run and a 5-yard run to put Cushing ahead 14-0 in the first quarter. Gage Stallworth scored the first of his four touchdowns with a 10-yard run at the end of the quarter.
The senior running back ran for two more touchdowns on 4- and 2-yard carries and caught a pass for 35 yards from Jones. Stallworth finished the game with 151 yards rushing.
Defensively, the Tigers held Prague to just three points in the first half and allowed 26 yards passing the entire game. Cushing intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.
The Tigers visit the Bristow Pirates at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Last season, Cushing overcame a 21-point deficit in the final seven minutes and won in overtime 64-63 in Cushing.
Newkirk 28 Pawnee 7
NEWKIRK — The Pawnee Black Bears shutout streak and winning streak ended Friday in a 28-7 loss to the Newkirk Tigers.
“We gave up a couple big plays,” coach Marlon Houston said. “We missed some chances at big plays. We were a lot better on penalties.”
Newkirk jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first half, a deficit the Black Bears ultimately didn’t recover from. There were a couple of bright spots for Pawnee in quarterback Marlon Houston Jr. and Mason Cavett.
Pawnee hosts Tonkawa at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“It’s going to be a tough game and we need to be ready to play,” Houston said.
Perry still optimistic despite district-opening loss
TONKAWA — The Perry Maroons suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 defeat to the Tonkawa Buccaneers Friday. Coach Cameron Bennett is focused on what his team can do.
“We will get over it,” Bennett said. “We just got to keep getting better. It wasn’t bad by the defense, we just gave up a big play early. Offensively we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Next for the Perry Maroons (1-3, 0-1) are the Alva Goldbugs (2-2, 0-1), who are coming off a 21-13 loss to Chisholm. The game will be in Perry at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bennett said the team’s season is far from over.
“We can still reach our goals. We just have to get better,” he said.