3 Must See Games in the North Area: Will Cushing Roll? PoHi Hosting Enid, Olive Big

Last Updated: August 29, 20232.4 min read

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Friday night marks the opener for both programs as Cushing makes the drive to Bristow to take on the Pirates. 

Coming into the contest, Cushing is ranked No. 9 in Class 4A and was one of the most prolific offenses in Oklahoma prep football history last season. Cushing scored 764 points last year with a regular season total of 597 points, which is 7th best all-time in Oklahoma prep football history.

What does that mean for the Bristow defense? Well, it means you better strap up and play a physical brand of football. The secondary will have the spotlight on them Friday night. Darien Dansby (Jr.), starting running back and defensive back needs to have the biggest game of his life. Throw Braxton Estes (Sr.) and Talon Bigpond (Jr.) in the ring with Dansby and the Pirates have a punchers chance at a K.O. If the Pirates pull off the win, it would be one of the biggest in team history.


After making their first trip to the playoffs since 2005, the Wildcats are coming off a loss to Guthrie in week 0, In fact, both teams took the L in week 0 with Enid dropping one to Muskogee. 

PoHi features a QB/WR combo that could be the difference in this contest. Gavin Cunningham (Sr.) is the real deal with offers from the service academies. Cunningham is the main target for quarterback Tay Moore (Sr.). Moore finished last season with more than 2,000 yards through the air. 

But the trademark of a Scott Harmon football team has been defense. If the Wildcats are going to win, the defense must step up and make plays. 


The Wildcats of Olive will take their show on the road to Sasakwa High School to take on the Class C Vikings. The hour and a half drive south will give the Olive players plenty of time to consider the task at hand. 

Sasakwa was 1-9 last year but do return a couple of linemen they will lean on this season. Olive was 2-8 last year, but this senior heavy team is off to a nice start having beat Bowlegs, 45-38 in week 0. 

“We battled a good Bowlegs team and the elements. We played together through adversity and never let up to get a well-deserved win,” said coach Chance Batey. 

Toby Hendrix is the key for Olive. The two-way starter has everything you want in a quarterback, safety and leader. 

Expect Olive to be 2-0 heading into week 2. 




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