Prague is still perfect. Meeker closes in on a playoff birth while the other schools struggled. Those are just a few of the headlines from the area this past week as every team was in action. With that said, here is the Week 8 Monday Morning Quarterback!
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Home team listed first.
Shawnee Wolves (2-6, 0-4) vs Piedmont Wildcats (7-1, 3-1)
Result: Piedmont beat Shawnee 55-0
Top Performer(s): Deetrick Beavers (RB/DB, Jr) – 67 total yards, 4 tackles Ryan High (LB, Jr) – 10 total tackles
Coach’s Quote: “We were not ready physically for that type of game. We continue to hurt ourself with turnovers and that costs us verse good teams.” – Jason Madonna, Shawnee HC
My Thoughts: Shawnee was officially eliminated from playoff contention with their shutout loss to Piedmont. This was the second shutout suffered by Shawnee this season. The Wolves quarterbacks threw five interceptions, and the Wolves just could not consistently move the ball. Defensively, Shawnee struggled to contain the triple-option attack from Piedmont as the Wildcats ran for 365 yards. The Wolves have two games left in their 2023 campaign and will look to grab another win this week when they host Southeast for Senior Night.
Up Next: Shawnee vs Southeast (2-6, 0-4) – Thursday, 10/26 @ 7 PM
Tuttle Tigers (6-2, 4-1) vs Tecumseh Savages (3-5, 1-4)
Result: Tuttle beat Tecumseh 50-6
My Thoughts: Tecumseh was officially eliminated from playoff contention with their loss on Friday. The Savages offense struggled to stay on the field as Tecumseh was just 5 of 15 on 3rd and 4th down combined. This was tough loss but Tecumseh will try to rebound next week as they face a struggling Bridge Creek squad.
Up Next: Tecumseh at Bridge Creek (3-5, 1-4) – Friday, 10/27 @ 7 PM
Bethany Bronchos (6-2, 4-1) vs Harrah Panthers (4-4, 1-4)
Result: Bethany Beat Harrah 38-14
Top Performer(s): Devon Macaraig (RB, Sr) – 28 rush, 160 yards, 1 TD, 3 tackles Titus Johnson (LB, Jr) – 10 total tackles
My Thoughts: This was another tough loss for Harrah. After a 3-0 start to the season in non-district play, the Panthers have now lost 4 of 5 and are have been eliminated from the playoffs. After this tough stretch, Harrah will have a chance to right the ship and end the 2023 season won a high note as they take on Classen SAS and Bridge Creek.
Up Next: Harrah at Classen SAS (3-5, 0-5) – Friday, 10/27 @ 7 PM
Perkins-Tryon Demons (7-1, 5-0) vs North Rock Creek Cougars (4-4, 3-2)
Result: Perkins-Tryon beat North Rock Creek 43-7
Top Performer(s): Caleb Hawkins (RB/DB, Jr) – 12 rush, 107 yards, 1 TD, 17 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 INT Kaiden Samuels (RB/LB, Jr) – 13 total tackles
Coach’s Quote: “Perkins is a really good team. Their athleticism up front gave us trouble.” – Jason Murray, North Rock Creek HC
My Thoughts: This was another reminder that North Rock Creek is still a young program. The Cougars are much improved but still has another step they need to make to compete with top teams in 3A. The Cougars still hold on to that final playoff spot in 3A-1 but will need to beat a couple of good teams ahead of them in the standings if they want to assure themselves of a playoff spot.
Up Next: North Rock Creek vs Kingfisher (3-6, 3-3) – Friday 10/27 @ 7 PM
Kingfisher Yellojackets (2-5, 2-2) vs McLoud Redskins (4-3, 3-1)
Coach’s Quote: “Congrats to Kingfisher. They physically outperformed us.” – Coleman Ramsey, McLoud HC
My Thoughts: With the loss, McLoud is still on the outside looking in of the 3A playoffs. The Redskins did not play well against a Kingfisher team that has struggled some this season. McLoud’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this week as they visit district leading Perkins-Tryon before closing out the regular season at home against Mount St. Mary.
Up Next: McLoud at Perkins-Tryon (7-1, 5-0) – Friday, 10/27 @ 7 PM
Seminole Chieftains (3-5, 2-2)
Result: BYE WEEK
Up Next: Seminole vs Locust Grove (2-6, 1-3) – Friday, 10/27 @ 7:30 PM
Bethel Wildcats (2-6, 1-4) vs Crossings Christian Knights (6-2, 3-2)
Result: Crossings Christian beat Bethel 39-26
Top Performer(s): Cale Duncan (QB, Jr) – 9-16, 200 yards, 2 TD Reagan Curry (WR/DB, Sr) – 4 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD Luke Quinter (RB/LB, Soph) – 64 total yards, 1 TD, 14 tackles
Coach’s Quote: “I thought our kids played hard, we just weren’t able to take advantage on a few plays both offensively and defensively. Crossings runs a tough offense to match up against, and our dudes battled all night against it. Offensively, we were able to execute well in the 2nd half and take advantage of our possessions.” – Joey Ginn, Bethel HC
My Thoughts: This was a hard fought loss by Bethel as they could not take down Crossings Christian. Crossings essentially took away the Bethel run game and made the Wildcats one dimensional. The Wildcats also struggled staying on the field as they were 2 of 11 on 3rd and 4th down. While Bethel is not officially eliminated yet, the Wildcats will need to win out and get some help if they want to make it to the postseason.
Up Next: Bethel at Luther (3-5, 2-3) – Friday, 10/27 @ 7 PM
Meeker Bulldogs (4-4, 3-2) vs Luther Lions (3-5, 2-3)
Coach’s Quote: “Friday’s win was a huge win for us when it comes to the Play-Off standings, and our kids understood that and the importance of that game. Luther has some really explosive kids that we knew could cause us some problems. Their first and third offensive snaps were big play touchdowns, after that our kids settled in and started playing defense like they are capable of playing. Our offensive line took over the game from the word go Friday night, they played together and were physical which allowed for us to be as productive as we were on offense. I have really enjoyed watching their growth this season and they continue to get better and better as the weeks go on. For anyone that has not watched one of our games this season, Treyvon Compton is a gamer, He is electric with the ball in his hands rather it’s passing or running. We have a big one this week again, we are looking to build off Friday’s game and continue to keep getting better.” – Maverick Lang, Meeker HC
My Thoughts: This was a big win for Meeker as it keeps the Bulldogs in playoff picture. Meeker showed once again their offense can be incredibly dangerous and put up a lot of points. Ajay Lynch is a big play waiting to happen and continues to show why he is one of the best running backs in the state. Meeker still has some work to do to secure a playoff spot but they are in a great position going into their final two games of the regular season.
Up Next: Meeker at Crossings Christian (6-2, 3-2) – Friday, 10/27 @ 7 PM
Prague Red Devils (8-0, 5-0) vs Warner Mustangs (2-6, 1-4)
Coach’s Quote: “Offensively we played poorly, but defensively we were very solid. Warner’s only points came off of a fumble scoop and score. Good news was the win which assured us a home playoff game and chance at the district championship this week against Vian.” – Rafe Watkins, Prague HC
My Thoughts: Prague continue stay perfect. The scary thing about this Prague squad is that even when they struggle, they still find a chance to win. Prague clinched a home playoff game with the win and will now have a chance to win the district crown next week.
Up Next: Prague vs Vian (6-2, 5-0) – Friday, 10/27 @ 7 PM
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