Prague stays perfect. Harrah drops their first. Meeker starts district play with an impressive win. Those are just a few of the headlines from the area this past week as every team was in action to start district play. With that said, here is the Week 3 Monday Morning Quarterback!
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Shawnee Wolves (1-3) at Bishop McGuinness Irish (3-1)
Coach’s Quote: “We were beat up from a big time battle at Blanchard and did not put our best foot forward verse a high quality team that was coming off a bye. All the gambles we took did not pay off and we were not able to capitalize early. That being said, we had opportunities in the second half to cut into the lead but failed to do so letting the game get out of hand. No time to feel sorry for ourselves as we host the defending state champs (Carl Albert) this week at home.” – Jason Madonna, Shawnee HC
My Thoughts: This was a disappointing performance. McGuinness is good, as usual, and a loss wasn’t unexpected, but the Wolves performance left little to be desired. After playing well in the non-district portion of the schedule, the Wolves got off to a rough start in the always tough District 5A-2. Shawnee was sloppy offensively and the defense struggled to consistently get off the field when they needed to. This week doesn’t get any easier as the Carl Albert Titans come to town.
Up Next: Shawnee vs Carl Albert (5-0), Thursday 9/28/23, 7 PM
Tecumseh Savages (2-2) at Newcastle Racers (4-4)
Result: Newcastle beat Tecumseh 55-6
My Thoughts: After beating a pair of area team4s the last couple of weeks, Tecumseh could not muster a similar result against Newcastle. The Racers are always competitive in 4A and they showed again that they will be a tough out. Tecumseh was simply outmatched on Friday night and will look to rebound this week as they host Classen SAS.
Up Next: Tecumseh vs Classen SAS (3-0), 9/29/23, 7 PM
Harrah Panthers (3-1) at Blanchard Lions (3-1)
Result: Blanchard beat Harrah 46-13
Top Performer(s): Luke Sellers, Harrah (WR, Sr) – 2 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD
My Thoughts: After a great start to their season, the Harrah Panthers ran into the buzzsaw that is Blanchard. The Lions showed why they are considered one of the top teams in 4A with an impressive win. For Harrah, this loss was disappointing. Not only were they at home but they were looking to prove that they are for real in 4A. Harrah has the talent and coaching to rebound but it won’t be easy. The Panthers, though, can make a statement this week as the visit Tuttle.
Up Next: Harrah @ Tuttle (3-1), 9/29/23, 7 PM
McLoud Redskins (2-2) vs North Rock Creek Cougars (1-3)
Result: McLoud beat North Rock Creek 21-16
Top Performer(s): Zaylun Matlock, McLoud (WR/DB, Soph) – 4 catches, 47 yards, 1 TD, 4 tackles, 1 INT
Caleb Hawkins, NRC (Ath, Jr) – 2 TDs and a 2 point conversion
Coach’s Quote: “We started off fast with two touchdowns in the first quarter and our defense really suffocated them (NRC) throughout the game. We lost momentum in the 4th but yet somehow found a way to make the plays in the end to win. We never apologize for a win! It was ugly but an ugly win is all that we cared about. We have a huge district game next week against a big-time opponent in Anadarko.” – Coleman Ramsey, McLoud HC
“We trailed 21-2 at the half and had a chance to win it at the end. I’m proud of how we fought back and showed a lot of heart.” – Jason Murray, North Rock Creek HC
My Thoughts: This was an exciting area game and a solid win for McLoud. The Redskins jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and then had to hold off the comeback attempt by the Cougars. McLoud seems to be finding a nice rhythm after a big opening week loss to Harrah. North Rock Creek on the other hand, is going in the opposite direction having lost three straight games.
Up Next: McLoud @ Anadarko (1-3), 9/29/23, 7 PM
North Rock Creek vs Mannford (1-3), 9/29/23, 7 PM
Seminole Chieftains (2-3) vs Stigler Panthers (3-1)
Result: Seminole beat Stigler 24-22
My Thoughts: This was a nice win for a Seminole team that has struggled some this year. The Chieftains had to hold off a comeback from Stigler that saw the Panthers tie up the game at 16-16 in the 4th. It was the defense that won the game for the Chieftains. Seminole got a pick six to take the lead and showed they could get a stop when they needed one a Stigler two-point conversion attempt. This very well could be a season altering win as Seminole showed the state, and themselves, that they can play with the top teams in 3A. Next week will be another big test as Seminole welcomes Checotah to town.
Up Next: Seminole vs Checotah (4-1), 9/29/23, 7:30 PM
Hunter Luschen, Bethel (DB/LB, Sr) – 13 total tackles
Coach’s Quote: “The was a big District win for us. We finally put four quarters of football together and eliminated the turnovers on offense and were able to create turnovers on defense. Defense played extremely well last night, they gave up one big play, which was a good call by the opposing coaches from something they seen the previous possession. Offense put them in a bind on one possession which they responded to, and they had a huge defensive stand right before half to keep Bethel from scoring and gaining some momentum. Offensively, we had multiple kids running around making plays for us. Most importantly our offensive line was dominant. Bobby Brooks, Jacob Campbell, Jaxon Dubler, Houston Williams, and Andrew Norris are 5 guys that I wouldn’t hesitate walking down a dark alley with. They are getting better every day and are the reason why our offense has been able to put up the numbers that we have so far.” – Maverick Lang, Meeker HC “I thought we battled early. We have some things we need to clean up both offensively and defensively to get where we want to be. We have been here before and will regroup and get things going, I strongly believe that.” Joey Ginn – Bethel, HC
My Thoughts: After a tough loss last week, this was a nice bounce back game for Meeker. The Bulldogs showed they were a better team and left no doubt in this matchup of area rivals. After building a 32-7 halftime lead, the Bulldogs were able to put it on cruise control in the second half and get the big win to start district play. As explosive as the Meeker offense is, it was the defense that led the way forcing three turnovers. This is a tough district and this win send the message that teams will have to be ready every week against Meeker. For Bethel, they just seemed to get overwhelmed by Meeker. The Wildcat offense struggled to move the ball and could not sustain drives going a combined 0-13 on third and fourth down. Bethel will look to bounce back this week as they take on winless Kellyville.
Up Next: Bethel vs Kellyville (0-4), 9/29/23, 7 PM
Meeker vs Chandler (3-1), 9/29/23, 7 PM
Prague Red Devils (4-0) vs Henryetta Knights (2-2)
Grant McGinnis, Prague (RB, Jr) – 16 carries, 102 yards
Jake Adkisson, Prague (DB, Sr) – 2 INT
Cody Knapp, Prague (DB, Sr) – 1 INT, 1 Def TD
Robbie Schiltz, Prague (DB, Sr) – 1 INT
Coach’s Quote: “I was very proud of our kids last night. We were playing a very good Henryetta team shorthanded due to some suspensions for disciplinary reasons. The three replacements all had interceptions. Jake Adkisson had 2 Int’s, Cody Knapp had a pick six, and Robbie Schiltz also had an interception. I just can’t say enough about those three because everyone uses the quote ‘next man up’ and they certainly filled that role. We also, knock on wood, continued our streak without a turnover for the season and created five more on defense to bring our total to plus-15 turnovers for the season. That is a huge reason we are 4-0.” – Rafe Watkins, Prague HC
My Thoughts: This was an impressive win for Prague. Anytime you can shutout a team, especially a district foe, that is always big. Prague continues to show that are once a gain a force to be reckoned with in 2A.
Up Next: Prague vs Keys (1-3), 9/29/23, 7 PM
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