Pryor, OK 74361
Record: 3-7 | Unranked
|@ Tulsa Memorial||W||24-44|
|vs East Central||L||28-41|
|vs Will Rogers||W||36-6|
|vs Siloam Springs||L||21-38|
Skordle shorts: Piedmont, Midwest City, Crossing Christian, Grove post big wins, plus news and notes
| Ben Johnson
Piedmont upends Weatherford
Quarterback Dylan Hampton scored on a 5-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and Piedmont was able to hang on for a 21-10 victory over the Eagles in Week 2. The win over Weatherford was Piedmont's first since 2004, and it also helped the Wildcats atone for a season-opening loss to El Reno.
"Our kids played extremely hard and found a way," Piedmont coach Trent Worley said. "There were very resilient. Defense was outstanding all night."
Baylor Hendren led the way for Piedmont (1-1) with three interceptions, three tackles, one pass break-up and a fumble recovery. The Wildcats limited Weatherford to 10 points, and Hampton capped the game off for PIedmont with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:34 left.
"Great win over a very good Weatherford team," Worley said. "We cleaned some things up, especially defensively. Proud of how our kids responded to the El Reno game and the adversity we faced during the Weatherford game."
Midwest City holds off Muskogee
Midwest City moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 in Class 6AII, after holding on for a 16-14 victory at Muskogee in Week 2. Muskogee's Caleb Webb was tackled in the end zone by Midwest City to give the Bombers a two-point lead late in the first half.
From there, Midwest City (2-1) was able to deny the Roughers from scoring the rest of the way.
"The defense has been playing extremely good," Midwest City coach Darrell Hall said. "The safety proved to be the different in this one."
Cameron Wilson was Midwest City's offensive catalyst, racking up 135 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries. On defense, Kyle Lindsey had 14 tackles and two for loss.
"We knew our offensive line would weight heavy in the game's decision," Hall said. " They put the game on their backs. It was a total team win, and I'm proud of the team because there is no quit in these guys."
Midwest City was able to block a field goal attempt by Muskogee with 8:54 left, and the Bombers never gave the ball back to the Roughers. Midwest City marched down the field and chewed up the clock along the way and escaped Indian Bowl with a two-point victory.
"With hard running from our running backs and great blocking by the wideouts," Hall said, "we were able to move the ball and run out the clock."
Crossings Christian tops Minco for A-3 win
Unranked Crossings Christian made its presence known in Class A with a resounding 14-6 victory at top-ranked Minco in Week 2. In overtime, Crossings Christian's Hunter Johnson scored on an 8-yard touchdown run, and Jacob Snyder added the two-point conversion score.
From there, the Knights (2-1) kept Minco (2-1) out of the end zone for the victory.
"We just gutted out against a great team on their home field," Crossings Christian coach Jonathan Keathly said. "It was muddy and wet, and it was great to see our guys make the plays when they had to."
Trent Miller led the Knight's defensive effort with nine tackles, five tackles for loss, including one in overtime, one sack and a forced fumble. Together, Crossing Christian's defense limited Minco to 232 yards of offense.
"It is a huge shot of confidence for our guys," Keathly said. "In our last five games, including last season, we've beaten two great programs in Wynnewood and Minco. Those are the kinds of programs we want to be and we're gaining fast."
The win also moved Crossings Christian to 1-0 in District A-3.
"It's huge because every week in this district is a battle," Keathly said. "There's going to be some good teams that get left out of the playoffs, and we're going to fight to be sure it's not us."
Grove routs rival JayBragging rights along Highway 59 returned to Grove following the Ridgerunners' 33-6 win over Jay last week. Jay won the 2017 showdown between the two Delaware County rivals, but Grove has now won three of the last four Delco Bowl trophies.
"It felt good to get the Delco trophy back," Grove coach Ron Culwell said. "Our kids have worked hard, and they played hard. We try to control what we can control, and that's attitude and effort. So far it has been awesome."
And so was Grove's defense against the Bulldogs (1-1). Defensive end Dawson Tanner spearheaded the Ridgerunners' defensive efforts with 10 tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
"This is a huge rivalry," Culwell said. "Some strange things happen in this game. That makes it special to win. All these kids know each other, so we knew we had to play together to make things happen. And we did that."
For Grove (1-1), Dalton Cash scored a pair of touchdown runs -- a 1-yard run in the first quarter and the game's final score, a 6-yard TD run in the fourth period. Cash also had a 19-yard TD pass to Mason Baxter, and Nick Estrada also chipped in with a 7-yard touchdown run for the Ridgerunners.
News and notes: Wagoner coach Dale Condict posted his 200th career coaching victory, thanks to the Bulldogs' 35-17 victory over Pryor last week. ... Sulphur tailback Trey Kiser set a school record with 403 rushing yards in the Bulldogs' 47-9 win over rival Davis. Kiser also scored six touchdowns, and he did it all on only 15 carries.
| Ben Johnson
First Round Rewind
• Hooker 19, Mangum 6: The Bulldogs picked up where they left off from last year’s postseason. Hooker beat Mangum, 26-13, in the first round last year, and this season Lakon Lynch collected 11 tackles and a pass break-up to lead top-ranked Hooker on defense. On offense, Karder Neville had four catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Dillon Metcalf also came up with eight tackles and two sacks for the Bulldogs, who advanced to the second round of the playoffs for only the fifth time.
• Crossings Christian 31, Walters 15: Welcome to the second round of the playoffs, Knights. Jacob Snyder led Crossings Christian with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. “That was big for us because it was the first playoff win in the program’s eight-year history,” Crossings Christian coach Jonathan Keathly said. “The effort and focus was good, especially in the first half. We’re excited to take the long trip to Hooker and give it all we’ve got.”
• Rejoice Christian 41, Pawhuska 8: The Eagles have never not made the second round of the playoffs since earning their first berth in 2012. In Class A, Rejoice has advanced to the quarterfinals once, though. The Eagles moved out of the first round this season because of Andrew Crow’s monster performance -- 35 carries, 372 yards and five touchdowns. He also threw a TD pass and came up with an interception on defense.
• Gore 22, Wynnewood 14: Wynnewood had been a thorn in Gore’s side during the playoffs, eliminating the Pirates from contention in both 2010 and 2012. James Dover led Gore with 99 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and quarterback Wes Shanks passed for a touchdown, too.
• Christian Heritage 28, Ringling 22: Bridge Bullard scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Zach Hale with less than a minute remaining to upset Ringling. Hale completed 22 of 31 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, and he TD runs of 13 and 65 yards. To top it off, Hale had 12 tackles and one sack on defense. Crusaders, after a decade in Class 2A, improved to 3-1 all-time in Class A playoff games.
• Thomas 28, Frederick 14: Brandon Eckert has a touchdown rushing and receiving, and Marshall Gose had 107 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Gose also threw a touchdown pass for the Terriers, who have advanced to the Class A semifinals in four of the past eight seasons. “I was extremely proud of our kids,” Thomas coach Bob Ward said. “Frederick is a good team, and it’s a tough place to play. Our guys did a great job of taking the game over early.”
• Stroud 42, Talihina 6: The Tigers are back in the second round for the first time since 2015. Grant Elerick threw TD passes of 68 and 57 yards to Coby Davis, Collin Seaton had touchdown runs of 25 and 15 yards and Gage Parrick added TD rushes of 5 and 72 yards.
• Morrison 34, Okla. Union 0: Ryker Hughes had three touchdown rushes for the Wildcats, who forged their third straight shutout on defense.
• Tonkawa 55, Colcord 12: The Buccaneers’ last playoff win before this week? The 2009 Class A championship game. Braydon Hampton three four touchdown passes for the Bucs, and he also ran a touchdown in and returned an interception for score.
• Wayne 18, Central Sallisaw 13: Last time Wayne beat Central Sallisaw in the first round of the playoffs, the Bulldogs reached the 2012 quarterfinals.
• Hobart 55, Texhoma 19: Hobart collected only its fifth playoff win since the turn of the century. Luke Hollister led the way with four catches for 147 yards and four touchdowns.
• Minco 48, Apache 21: Minco made it six straight seasons of at least picking up a playoff victory. Caedin Addington rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He also had five tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
• Hulbert 50, Allen 19: Hulbert running back Jacob Bruce rushed for six touchdowns and 347 yards, moving him atop the state’s all-time rushing list.
• Commerce 49, Hominy 28: Tailback Chris Ibarra rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns and also had a receiving touchdown, and then on defense he added two interceptions, including one for a 73-yard return for a touchdown.
• Cashion 47, Dibble 7: Wildcats finished with 432 yards on offense and ran its first-round winning streak to 10 years in a row. T.J. Roberts finished with five touchdown runs of 3, 38, 3, 2 and 5 yards for Cashion.
• Fairview 40, Merritt 13: Like 2016, Fairview knocked off Merritt in the first round. That season Fairview reached the quarterfinals before losing to Hominy.
On tap this week…
• Crossings Christian at Hooker: First meeting between these two. Crossings Christian is unbeaten on the road, and Hooker has allowed only 47 points in six home games.
• Gore at Rejoice Christian: Rematch from last year’s first-round game that Rejoice won, 20-12. Pirates are 3-2 away from home, and will have to find a way to slow down Rejoice Christian’s Andrew Crow.
• Christian Heritage at Thomas: The only matchup of two teams who both won on the road last week. With that being the case, and some other determining factors, Thomas is the one playing at home this week.
• Morrison at Stroud: Morrison won the last playoff matchup between the two -- a 41-7 victory in 2008. “It’ll be fun,” Morrison coach Cory Bales told the Stillwater NewsPress. “It will be a great football game. We’re going to have to have a great week of preparation in order to go over there and get a win.”
• Wayne at Tonkawa: These two basically share outposts on I-35, but yet have never met before.
• Minco at Hobart: Hobart will need to find a way to slow down Minco’s Caedin Addington, and Hobart will have to find a way to hand Minco its first road loss. Minco has gone 6-0 away from home this season, including last week’s blowout of Apache.
• Commerce at Hulbert: Former district foes for periods of time in the earlier 2000s, and it’s been a one-sided affair mostly. Commerce is 4-0 against Hulbert since 2008 with a combined score of 196-14. The running back clash in this one -- Hulbert’s Jacob Bruce vs. Commerce’s Chris Ibarra should be fun to watch.
• Fairview at Cashion: Since a 1-2 stint in non-district play, Fairview has only suffered one loss -- a 10-point setback after taking top-ranked Hooker to the wire. The Yellowjackets will have their hands full with Cashion’s Griffin Lamb and T.J. Roberts, though.
First Round Rewind
• Shattuck 48, Ringwood 0
• Alex 54, Empire 8
• Dewar 46, Canadian 0
• Yale 20, Foyil 12
• Waurika 48, Cyril 0
• Cherokee 36, Turpin 16
• Davenport 58, Oaks 0
• Weleetka 46, Porum 0
• Wetumka 54, Gans 6
• Depew 54, Watts 6
• Pioneer 44, Seiling 22
• Burns Flat-Dill City 58, Ryan 12
• Regent Prep 49, Prue 0
• Keota 28, Strother 0
• Synder 62, Bray-Doyle 12
• Laverne 48, Waukomis 2
• Shattuck won its 15th straight playoff game.
• Alex has won a playoff game every year since 2013.
• Yale won its first playoff game since 2004.
• Davenport has won a playoff game every year since 2005.
• Twelve first-round games ended via the mercy rule.
• Burns Flat-Dill City, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, won its first postseason game in 12 seasons
On tap this week…
• Alex at Shattuck
• Yale at Dewar
• Cherokee at Waurika
• Weleetka at Davenport
• Depew at Wetumka
• Burns Flat-Dill City at Pioneer
• Keota at Regent Prep
• Laverne at Snyder
First Round Rewind
• Buffalo 46, Maysville 0
• Medford 50, Graham-Dustin 0
• SW Covenant 48, Sasakwa 0
• Tyrone 52, Fox 6
• Tipton 58, Sharon-Mutaul 12
• Coyle 48, Midway 0
• Paoli 26, Covinton-Douglas 14
• Pond Creek-Hunter 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 0
On tap this week…
• Medford at Buffalo
• Tyrone at SW Covenant
• Coyle at Tipton
• PC-Hunter at Paoli
| Ben Johnson
*Photo courtesy of April Howard photography
| Ben Johnson
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Sam Brandt (Bethany) - Completed 13 of 21 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Brandt had two interceptions in Bethany’s 38-13 win over Weatherford.
Andrew Crow (Rejoice Christian) - Rushed for 372 yards and five touchdowns on 35 carries and threw a touchdown pass. On defense, he collected an interception in the Eagles’ 41-8 win over Pawhuska.
Beggs offensive line - Baylor Christy, Tafv Sanders, Andrew Price, DJ Terry and Matt Pierce paved the way for the Demons to rush for 437 yards in a 56-13 win over Wyandotte.
Jacob Bruce (Hulbert) - Rushed for 347 yards and six touchdowns on 32 carries in the Riders’ win over Allen. Also set the state’s new career rushing record, surpassing Larry Dupree’s mark of 8,443.
Ryan Johnson (Metro Christian) - Rushed for 174 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries, and also caught eight passes for 133 yards in the Patriots’ 60-19 win over Victory Christian.
Campbell Leach (Guthrie) - Collected 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and an interception in overtime to seal the Bluejays’ 23-20 win over Duncan.
Chase Ricke (Lincoln Christian) - Completed 19 of 26 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 124 yards and one touchdown on eight carries in the Bulldogs’ 61-21 win over Verdigris.
Nate Bryant (Stigler) - Rushed 48 times for 289 yards and four touchdowns and also completed 7 of 15 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers’ 33-7 win over Locust Grove.
Mason Williams (Bixby) - Completed 16 of 21 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns in the Spartans’ 70-14 win over Lawton.
Dawson Neighbors (Hilldale) - Rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns in Hilldale’s 35-21 win over Bristow.
Thomas Grayson (Booker T. Washington) - Rushed for 285 yards and a touchdown in the Hornets' win over Del City.
Brayden Burd (Collinsville) - Collected 12 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble on defense. Recorded an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and on offense rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in the Cardinals’ win over Ada.
Jacob Snyder (Crossings Christian) - Rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the Knight’s 31-15 win over Walters.
Blade Horton (Coalgate) - Rushed 35 times for 249 yards and four touchdowns in Coalgate’s win over Lexington.
Jaxon Canard (OCS) - Junior running back totaled 258 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Also caught two passes for 63 yards in OCS’ 63-26 win over Okemah.
Garrett Long (Adair) - Caught eight passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors’ 44-20 win over Morris.
Chris Ibarra (Commerce) - Rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a pass for a 44-yard touchdown pass. On defense, he hauled in two interceptions, including one for a 73-yard return for a touchdown. He also had five tackles in the Tigers’ 49-28 win over Hominy.
Marshall Gose (Thomas) - Rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns and also passed for a touchdown in the Terriers’ 28-14 win over Frederick.
Braden Meek (Chisholm) - Completed 19 of 24 passes for 274 yards and six touchdowns in the Longhorns’ 48-42 victory over Meeker.
Noah Cortes (Broken Arrow) - Rushed for 256 yards and six touchdowns on 24 carries in the Tigers’ 49-0 win over Moore.
Daniel Rice (Berryhill) - Rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, and also had eight tackles in the Chiefs’ win over Seminole.
Zach Hale (Christian Heritage) - Senior QB completed 22 of 31 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 65 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had 12 tackles and one sack in the Crusaders’ win over Ringling.
Luke Hollister (Hobart) - Caught four passes for 147 yards and four touchdowns in Hobart’s win over Texhoma.
LaQuan Wells (Idabel) - Rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors’ win over Cascia Hall.
Caiden Addington (Minco) - Rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. On defense, he finished with five tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble in Minco’s win over Apache.
Brock Parham (Plainview) - Completed 16 of 18 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown in Plainview’s victory over John Marshall.
Mason Hayes (Claremore) - Racked up 24 tackles, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble that led to Thomas Mason’s 96-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the Zebras’ win over Edison.
Darius Boone Jr. (Union) - Rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns in Union’s win over Edmond Santa Fe.
Zac Anderson (Eufaula) - Rushed eight times for 116 yards and three touchdowns in the Ironheads’ win over Spiro.
Tristin Truelove (Tuttle) - Rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the Tigers’ win over Anadarko.
Qwontrel Walker (Stillwater) - Rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries in the Pioneers’ win over Muskogee.
Dreyson Watters (Jenks) - Rushed for 147 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries in the Trojans’ win over Putnam City North.