Last season the Perkins-Tryon Demons had no problems rolling past the Bethany Broncos. This season, the Demons face a much improved Bethany squad at 7 p.m. Friday at McIlvain Field and desperately need a win to stay in the district race.
The Demons beat Bethany 43-20 last season. The Broncos (3-1, 1-0) went 4-6 and only won one game in District 1-3A last season, but have won three straight and have scored more than 45 points in the last two.
“They are well coached,” P-T coach Lloyd Wertman said. “They are big and strong on defense. They will run several different fronts. Offensively they can run the ball and throw the ball.”
P-T (2-2, 0-1) is coming off a 61-20 district-opening loss to Seminole. The Demons are also dealing with a few injuries. Starting running back Jacob Peyton, starting fullback Clark Crotty and starting quarterback Shelby Reese are all out along with some reserves.
The Cushing Tigers (4-0, 1-0) look to repeat one of their memorable wins from last season when they visit the Bristow Pirates (1-3, 0-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Last season in Cushing, the Tigers overcame a 21-point deficit in the last seven minutes of the game and won 64-63 in overtime.
“It was the craziest game that I’ve been a part of,” Cushing coach Barrett Shupe said. “It was a great win for our community. Bristow is very athletic and well-coached. It’s a huge rivalry and we will need to take care of the ball.”
Bristow is coming off its first win of the season with a 28-16 victory over Morris. Cushing beat Prague 49-22 — a game the Tigers led 35-3 at halftime. Though Cushing had a large first-half lead, it did have a couple turnovers. Shupe said he credits the opponent.
“I thought we played sloppy in the first half,” Shupe said. “I looked at the film and Prague was actually very creative. They were trying things that we haven’t seen on film.”
The Coyle Bluejackets (3-1, 2-1) will look for their first homecoming victory on their home field against the Copan Hornets (0-4, 0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“Copan only has eight or nine players,” coach Shane Weathers said. “So we are hoping that we can wear them down.”
The Hornets aren’t only looking for their first win but their first points of the season. Coyle also received good news as starting quarterback Ryan Weathers is cleared to play after sitting out last week with a shoulder injury.
The Morrison Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) look to continue moving up in the Class A District 7 standings as they host the Hominy Bucks (2-2, 1-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats opened district last week with a 56-26 victory over Depew and gained more than 450 yards of total offense. The Bucks started the season slow but have won their last two games. Coach Cory Bales said it’s going to come down to the battle of the trenches.
“Hominy is a good physical running team,” Bales said. “... The team that can run the ball best is going to win.”
The Yale Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0) look to remain near the top of the district as they visit the Barnsdall Panthers (2-2, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. After starting the season 2-0, Barnsdall has lost its last two games. Yale easily disposed of Drumright with a 22-12 victory. Coach Craig Ellis said his defense will have to watch out for Barnsdall’s quarterback.
“He is very athletic and can make plays,” Ellis said. “We just have to make sure we contain him.”
The Pawnee Black Bears (2-2, 0-1) look to return to the win the column against the Tonkawa Buccaneers (3-1, 1-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday after their two-game winning streak was snapped. Pawnee lost 28-7 to Newkirk in last week’s district opener. One of the keys to the loss was finishing drives.
“We missed some big-play opportunities,” coach Marlon Houston said. “It’s going to be a tough game but we will be ready to play.”
The Perry Maroons (1-3, 0-1) look to snap a three-game losing streak against the Alva Goldbugs (2-2, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Coach Cameron Bennett said his team is going against a tough spread offense.
“We got to make sure they don’t get behind us for big plays,” Bennett said. “Offensively, we need to quit shooting ourselves in the foot.”