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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Waurika Wins District Championship

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 The Waurika Eagles overcame a somewhat sluggish start to the first and second half of last Friday’s contest with Empire to claim a 68-22 victory over the Bulldogs.

The win earned the Eagles their first district title since 2016 and will ensure the squad of two home playoff games.

Photo by Adam Brinson

 The first game will be tomorrow night at Cy Sloan Stadium when Waurika will play host to Cyril in a rematch of last year’s first-round contest. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Empire took the opening kickoff and moved 66 yards in 11 plays to get the first score of the game.

Rodolfo Martinez found a wide-open Lucas Contreras on a 23-yard touchdown pass and Martinez ran for the two points to put Empire in front, 8-0, with 7:58 to play in the first quarter.

Austin Dyer
Photo by Adam Brinson

The score by the Bulldogs apparently ignited the Eagles as they took the ensuing kickoff and in just two plays traveled 56 yards for the game-tying score. Turner Mora connected with Colton Bryant on a 43-yard pass play for the touchdown. Zac Brown added the two-point conversion to tie the game at 8-8.

Empire looked like it would answer the Eagle challenge as they drove the ball deep inside Waurika territory before a fourth down stop ended the threat at the Eagle 16.

Gatlin Black shutting down an Empire ball carrier.
Photo by Adam Brinson

On Waurika’s next possession the Eagles could not pick up a first down and on fourth down Empire blocked the Waurika punt and took possession at the Eagle 12.

The Bulldogs, however, handed the ball right back to Waurika as they fumbled at the Eagle 10 and the Waurika offense was back on the field.

The Eagles looked poised for the go-ahead score as a long drive ended the first quarter, but early in the second quarter the drive ended on a failed fourth down play just inside Empire’s 20-yard line.

Empire gambled on its next drive and it proved to be a costly one. On a fourth and short the Bulldogs elected to go for it but were stopped giving the Eagles excellent field position at the Bulldog 32-yard line.

Zac Brown looking for an opening in the Empire defensive life.
Photo by Adam Brinson

In just three plays the Eagles got the go-ahead score as Mora found Kevin Garcia for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Mora ran for the two points and Waurika’s lead expanded to 16-8 with 5:47 to play in the half.

 Another failed fourth down attempt on Empire’s next drive set Waurika up inside Bulldog territory at the 41-yard line.

 On the first play, Mora swept to the left side and scooted down the sideline 41 yards for the score. The try for two failed, but Waurika held a 22-8 lead with 4:11 left before intermission.

The Eagles were not through lighting up the scoreboard in the quarter as Empire failed on yet another fourth down attempt and gave Waurika the ball at the Empire 37.

Waurika could not move and was in punt formation on fourth down when Mora from punt formation took the ball and after being forced to reverse his direction, picked up 12 yards to keep the drive alive.

Edwin Garcia scoring a touchdown in Waurika’s game against Empire.
Photo by Adam Brinson

After an incomplete pass, Mora spotted a wide open Garcia for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Bryant added the two points and Waurika held a commanding 30-8 advantage heading to the locker room.

Empire threatened to tighten the game early in the second half. After stopping Waurika’s opening drive, the Bulldogs went 59 yards on three plays for a touchdown. The big play was a 38-yard scoring run by Peyton Booth and Brandon Mendenall caught the two-point conversion pass from Martinez to make it a 30-16 game with 8:52 left in the third quarter.

Again the Eagles shook off the uninspired effort and after a failed onside kick by Empire Waurika took the pigskin and traveled 49 yards on four plays. Mora found a wide open Edwin Garcia for a 35-yard scoring pass. After Bryant ran for the two-point conversion, the Eagles held a 38-16 advantage with 7:46 left in the third quarter.

Empire did not fold, however, and drove all the way to the Waurika 11-yard line before a fourth down effort resulted in a four-yard loss.

The Eagles took the ball and marched the length of the field helped a pass interference penalty and two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls on Empire. The score came on a 14-yard pass from Mora to Aaron Nitka to extend the Waurika lead to 44-16 with 11:19 to play in the game.

Turner Mora and the Waurika offensive line.
Photo by Adam Brinson

After another failed attempt on fourth down, Waurika took over at the Bulldog 27. On the first play, Brown found paydirt on a 27-yard scamper to the end zone. Bryant ran for the two points and the Eagles were firmly in command with a 52-16 lead.

The Bulldogs’ final score of the night came on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Martinez to Meray Weber. This put the margin at 52-22 with 5:44 to play in the game.

Empire attempted another onside kick, but this time Mora picked up the ball and sprinted 50 yards for a touchdown. Matt Arriolla ran for the two points and Waurika held a 60-22 lead with 5:35 left in the game.

Waurika’s offense.
Photo by Adam Brinson

The Bulldogs could not move on the next drive and punted to the Eagles. Brown capped the drive with a 29-yard run and after Bryant ran for the two-point conversion the game ended on the mercy rule with 3:14 left in the game.

With the Eagles getting a short field most of the night, the top ball carrier for Waurika, Mora, had only 73 yards on the ground, but the talented quarterback threw for 189 yards on the night. Brown added 64 yards and Bryant had 50 to help the Eagle offense.

Coach Joe Allen is congratulated with a Gatorade bath following Waurika’s victory over Empire.
Photo by Adam Brinson

EAGLE FLIGHTS: Waurika now holds a 21-11 advantage in the series with Empire that started in 1974 when Empire began playing football…The two schools have split the two meetings in eight-man competition…The 68 points scored by the Eagles is the most in the history of the series with the Bulldogs….The 22 points scored by the Bulldogs was the most for Empire in a losing cause in games with Waurika….The 46-point margin of victory for Waurika is tied for the third highest margin of victory in the 32 games with Empire…The game turned a bit ugly in the second half as the Empire bench was called for a total of three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and the head coach for the Bulldogs being ejected last in the game….This will be the fourth straight playoff appearance for Waurika after going 14 years without a playoff appearance….Waurika head coach Joe Allen is the first coach in school history to compile an undefeated regular season in the first year as a head coach.

Game in Figures

                             EHS        WHS

First Downs             11            9

Yards Rushing         45-214     37-203

Yards Passing         61            189

Passes                     3-12         6-13

Passes Int. By          0              0

Fumbles, Lost          2-2           0-0

Punts                       N/A          N/A

Penalties                  3-45         3-35

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Empire     8              0              8              6–22

Waurika   8              22            8              30-68

EMPIRE – Lucas Contreras 23 pass from Rodolfo Martinez (Martinez run), 7:58, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Colton Bryant 43 pass from Turner Mora (Zachary Brown run), 7:06, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Kevin Garcia 33 pass from Mora (Mora run), 5:47, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 41 run (run failed), 4:11, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Garcia 25 pass from Mora (Bryant run), 1:00, 2nd Quarter

EMPIRE – Peyton Booth 38 run (Brandon Mendenall pass from Martinez), 8:52, 3rd Quarter

WAURIKA – Edwin Garcia 35 pass from Mora (Bryant run), 7:46, 3rd Quarter

WAURIKA – Aaron Nitka 14 pass from Mora (run failed), 11:19, 4th Quarter

WAURIKA – Brown 27 run (Bryant run), 9:49, 4th Quarter

EMPIRE – Meray Weber 30 pass from Martinez (run failed), 5:44, 4th Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 50 kickoff return (Matt Arriolla run), 5:35, 4th Quarter

WAURIKA – Brown 29 run (Bryant run), 3:14, 4th Quarter

                INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

WAURIKA: Rushing – Mora 17-73, Brown 5-64, Bryant 9-50, Garcia 6-16; Passing – Mora 6-13-189-0; Receiving – Bryant 2-78, E. Garcia 1-35, K. Garcia 1-33, Brown 1-29, Nitka 1-14

Waurika Football Team Pep Rally

The community banded together Wednesday evening around 8:15 to cheer on the Waurika Eagles as they begin the playoff season this Friday evening at home against Cyril.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the pep rally tomorrow (Friday) at 2:00 pm at Waurika High School.

Below are the photos from last night’s pep rally/bond fire.

Photo by Adam Brinson

 

Photo by Adam Brinson

 

Photo by Adam Brinson

 

 

District Champs!

The Waurika Eagles won the District Championship tonight at home against the Empire Bulldogs. It was an exciting game. Obviously the complete story will be in this upcoming week’s paper told by Trey Smart, but for now we just wanted to say congratulations to the Waurika Eagles on a perfect season.

Waurika JH Harriers Impressive in State Meet

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(l-r)Kynlee Waters, Corely Coffin, Skylar Garrett, Trish Julian, Jaci Gholson, Tracey Ballard, Aubree Showalter, Libi Simmons Photo by Joe Masoner

 A large group of junior high boys and girls from Waurika traveled to the 25th annual Oklahoma Junior High Cross Country Championship meet last Thursday in Oklahoma City.

The meet was held at Woodson Park and Waurika sent 13 girls and five boys to compete with a number of teams across the state in 5th-8th grades.

In the girls’ division, Merritt was the state champion with 71 points and Watonga finished with 95 points. Waurika was sixth with 132 points – just one point shy of fifth-place Wright City.

Three Lady Eagles won medals in the large field of competitors over a 2,400-meter course.

Aubree Showalter was the best Lady Eagle finisher as she earned a silver medal for placing 16th in the race with a time of 10:02.1.

Kynlee Waters and Trish Julian each earned bronze medals in the race. Waters was 22nd with a time of 10:12.7, while Julia finished 29th with a time of 10:17.7.

All three competitors are in the seventh grade.

There were 139 runners in the Class 2A division of the junior high competition.

The Waurika boys finished ninth in the team standings for the Class 2A division.

Wright City won the meet with 44 points, while the Eagles had 181 points.

The only medalist for the Eagles was Treyton Torrez, who received a bronze medal for his finish of 24th place among the 100 participants.

Torrez’ time over the 3,200-meter course was 12:09.4

 Other Lady Eagle Results

34. Jaci Cholson, 10:27.1; 45. Liberti Simons, 10:37.8; 76. Sadie Smith, 11:25.8; 100. Caitlyn Ramsey, 12:08.0; 114. Corley Coffin, 12:37.2; 115. Skylar Garrett, 12:38.4; 118. Jasmine Romero, 12:42.9; 121. Niecsa Camarillo, 13:05.9; 123. Tracy Ballard, 13:27.3; 136. Destiny Foster, 15:00.2

Other Eagle Results

40. Trent Arellano, 12:48.2; 53. Isaac Camarillo, 13:21.3; 60. Alex Gomez, 13:36.7; 97. Malachi Dodson, 17:17.5.

Lady Eagles 9th, Waurika Boys 12th in State Cross Country Meet

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Lexie Streeter and Asia Smith Photo by Joe Masoner

Waurika’s boys’ and girls’ cross country team traveled to Shawnee last Saturday for the Class 2A State Cross Country meet held at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

The Lady Eagles wrapped up a successful season with a ninth-place finish among the 21 teams that qualified from three regional meets held the week before.

Boise City-Keyes won the team title for Class 2A with 78 points. Waurika accumulated 244 points in the meet.

In the boys’ competition, Waurika finished in 12th place. Mooreland dominated the team competition with 55 points, while runner-up Lomega was well back with 137 points.

The Eagles finished with 333 points – just one point ahead of Carnegie.

Heading the Lady Eagles as she did through most of the meets this season was Asia Smith.

Her finish of 13th place earned her a medal. She covered the 3,200-meter course in 13:02.2 –  her best time of the season.

Lexie Streeter also turned in a great performance in the state meet with a 25th place finish. Her time was 13:19.8 – less than one second better than her season-best time.

Rounding out the competitors for the Lady Eagles were Tallin Mora (63rd, 14:09.6), Faith Roberson (93rd, 15:03.3), Hope Cummings (114th, 15:37.8), Kacie Reynolds (129th, 16:11.6) and Dallas Fristoe (140th, 16:33.3).

A total of 157 runners competed in the state meet for Class 2A girls – which was a particularly tough division this year.

All of the team members for the Lady Eagles will return next year for Coach Joe Masoner’s cross country squad.

The Lady Eagles earned two runner-up spots at invitational meets and finished third in three other competitions.

Bryson Hernandez was the top competitor for the Eagles at the state meet. He was 52nd in the race and finished the 5K with a time of 19:23.

As he has been all season, Cache Arellano was the second-best performance for the Eagles as he earned a 60th place with a time of 19:40.5.

The other finishers for Waurika in the state meet that featured 160 runners and 21 teams were Kevin Garcia (77th, 20:07.7), Octavio Gomez (107th, 21:08.9), Edwin Garcia (116th, 21:32.7), Gustavo Gomez (132nd, 22:13.6) and Nicholas Alvarado (137th, 22:27.8).

All six of the competitors should return for the Eagles next season. Four of them are sophomores and two are juniors.

The Eagles, also coached by Masoner, finished with the season having won two meets – at Waurika and Cameron University and finishing second in two other meets.

Cowgirl Harriers Finish in Fifth Place Tie at State Meet

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Katelynn Dabbs and Juliet Spangler pushing each other at the state Cross Country meet in Shawnee Photo by Amy Morgan

The Ryan Cowgirl cross country team finished the most successful season in school history last Saturday at Shawnee’s Gordon Cooper Technology Center – the site of the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet.

 The Cowgirls finished in a tied for fifth place with Cherokee. Both teams had 192 points. Team places are settled by the finish of the sixth runner on each team and Cherokee earned the tie-breaker.

Katelynn Dabbs and Juliet Spangler pushing each other at the state Cross Country meet in Shawnee
Photo by Amy Morgan

 Boise City-Keyes won the Class 2A girls’ title with 78 points, but Hooker was right behind with 80 points and Watonga was third with 90 points.

 It was a much more conducive day for a cross-country race than last week’s regional meets around the state. The Class 2A girls’ division featured the 21 teams that qualified in the regionals last week and 157 total runners.

Photo by Amy Morgan

 Lilybet Harmon placed the Cowgirl team members with a 42nd-place finish. Her time was 13:39.3 over the 3,200-meter course. Harmon’s time was just short of her best time of the season set at the Cameron University meet a couple of weeks ago.

 Holland Carter, the only senior on Coach Steve Spangler’s squad, was 47th for the Cowgirls and finished with a time of 13:50.1, which was an individual best for the 2018 season.

Photo by Amy Morgan

 Finishing 53rd for the Cowgirls was Juliet Spangler with a time of 13:55.4. Spangler was appearing in her third state meet after qualifying as an individual her freshman year.

 Freshman Katlyn Dabbs was 54th for the Cowgirls with a time of 13:56.9 and that was just two seconds above her best finish of the season which came at the Cameron meet.

Coach Spangler presented Senior, Holland Carter with a heartfelt speech and a photo album of her Cross Country career
Photo by Amy Morgan

 Lily York was next for the Cowgirls and finished just behind Dabbs in 56th place with a time of 13:58.2. York’s time was also a personal best for the 2018 season.

 Rounding out the team finishers for the Cowgirls was Alicyn Williams, who was 111th and recorded a time of 15:32.6. The Cowgirl freshman bested her top time of the season by over 10 seconds in the state meet.

Lilybet Harmon lead the Ryan Cowboys at State Cross Country in Shawnee
Photo by
Amy Morgan

 The competition at state marked the end of incredible achievements by the Cowgirl cross country squad in only their third season of competing as a team.

 The Cowgirls won meets at Waurika, Walters, Frederick, Healdton and Cameron University. The team successfully defended the titles won in 2017 at Waurika and Healdton.

 The Cowgirl harriers also finished second at Sulphur and third at the Class 2A regional and were ranked among the top 10 girls’ cross country teams in Class 2A all season.

Cowboys Get Thrilling Comeback Win over Bray-Doyle

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It was another amazing contest at Bob Givens Sports Complex last Thursday night as Ryan scored a come-from-behind 78-74 victory over Bray-Doyle.

 The Cowboys have a huge district contest tomorrow night (Friday) as they travel to Skinny Stewart Field in Wilson to battle the Eagles. Ryan, Wilson and Central High are in a battle for the runner-up spot in District B-4.

 The fans who stuck around for the end of last Thursday’s battle with the Donkeys will be talking about this one for a long time. A number of fans departed after Ryan established an 18-point advantage with 7:33 left in the game.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 To Bray-Doyle’s credit, the Donkeys battled back to take the lead with 43 seconds to go before Ryan got the winning score with just four seconds left in the game.

 The game had a number of momentum shifts and featured an offensive show by both teams. A number of school records were established during the game.

 The Cowboys’ performance on offense was even more impressive considering they had to overcome 218 yards in penalties – many of which were against the offense.

 Ryan scored first on Grayson Tomberlin’s 12-yard run that capped a 61-yard drive in six plays. The try for two failed, but Ryan led 6-0 with 8:44 to play in the first quarter.

 Bray-Doyle came back to snag the lead with two touchdown catches by Curtis Cox – the first one for 14 yards and the second for 22 yards from quarterback Justin Miller. Both were outstanding catches. Mark Kilbourne ran for the two-point conversions and Bray held a 16-6 lead after the first quarter.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 The Cowboys put together a 10-play, 54-yard drive with Tomberlin finding Skylar Parkhill on a 16-yard touchdown pass to narrow the score to 16-12 with 11:53 left in the second quarter.

 Bray-Doyle answered with a 59-yard drive in just four plays. Dalton Whitehead got the final six yards on the ground and with 10:44 to play before intermission the Donkeys led, 22-12.

 The Cowboys answered with a five-play, 58-yard drive. Parkhill got the rushing touchdown from 18 yards out. Kalen Weldon caught the two-point conversion pass from Tomberlin and Ryan had trimmed the lead to, 22-20, with 9:12 left in the half.

 On the ensuing kickoff, the Donkeys failed to cover the pooch kick and Parkhill sped downfield to cover the loose ball.

 This gave Ryan excellent field position at the Donkey 40 and Travis Fristoe finished the short drive with a 25-yard rushing burst for the score with 7:01 still to play in the second quarter. The Cowboys were back on top, 26-22.

 The Donkeys looked poised to score again moving to the Ryan 22, but Tomberlin intercepted a pass in the end zone and after a Ryan penalty on the return, the Cowboys found themselves at their own two.

 The Cowboys narrowly escaped disaster as a handoff was fumbled in the end zone, but Tomberlin alertly picked it up and made it out to the Cowboy 3.

 After a critical third-down conversion, Tomberlin executed perfectly a screen pass to Parkhill and the Cowboy senior took it 70 yards for the score. Tomberlin found Andrew Villerreal for the two-point conversion pass and Ryan extended the lead to 34-22 with 1:49 left to play in the half.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 Another penalty on the Cowboys on the kickoff return gave the Donkeys the ball at the Cowboy 39. It took six plays, but Kilbourne found Tully Booth on the halfback pass for a 17-yard score. Whitehead ran for the two points and the Cowboy lead was narrowed to 34-30 with just 20 seconds left to play in the half.

 After Gunner Phillips returned the kickoff 14 yards to the Ryan 35, Tomberlin and Parkhill connected on another screen pass and Parkhill raced 65 yards and crossed the goal line as the halftime buzzer sounded. Tomberlin ran for the two points and the Ryan lead was stretched to 42-30 at the half.

 The Donkeys took the second-half kickoff and marched 54 yards on seven plays with Whitehead getting the score from one yard out. Kilbourne ran for the two points and the Cowboy margin was cut to 42-38.

 Ryan answered with a 68-yard drive on only four plays. Tomberlin again found Parkhill loose and Parkhill took the pass and covered the final 50 yards for the score. Tomberlin ran for the two points and Ryan was in front, 50-38, with 7:24 left in the third quarter.

 Another Donkey drive was thwarted by a Tomberlin interception at the Ryan five and after yet another Ryan penalty the Cowboys set up on offense at the Ryan 13.

 It took Ryan only three plays to travel 87 yards. Fristoe scampered for 36 yards on first down, Parkhill got seven on the next play and then Tomberlin bolted 43 yards for a touchdown. The run failed, but with 4:45 left in the third quarter Ryan was now in front, 56-38.

 The Donkeys answered, however, with Whitehead getting a four-yard rushing touchdown and Miller adding the extra point to trim the lead back to 56-44 with 2:28 left in the third frame.

 Phillips had another outstanding return on the ensuing kickoff as he fielded the ball at the Cowboy 17 and took it 44 yards to the Bray-Doyle 34. It took Ryan six plays, but Fristoe ended the drive with a four-yard rushing score putting Ryan back in front, 62-46, with 11:23 to play in the game.

 The next Donkey drive was aided by 31 yards in Ryan penalties and covered 62 yards in only six plays. Miller got the score on a quarterback sneak from one yard out and the Ryan lead was cut to 62-52 with 9:43 still left in the game.

 The Cowboys answered the threat with a four-play, 81-yard drive for a score. Parkhill carried the ball the final 29 yards for the score and after Tomberlin added with two-point conversion the Cowboys seemed comfortably in front, 70-52.

 The Donkeys had no quit in them. They took the kickoff and marched 56 yards in six plays helped along by a targeting penalty. Miller ran for the score from eight yards out and Kilbourne ran for the two points and with 4:43 left in the game Ryan held a 70-60 advantage.

 What the Cowboys could not afford happened on the next drive as on the first play the Cowboys fumbled and the Donkeys recovered giving Bray-Doyle possession at the Ryan 39.

 A highly-questionable pass interference call aided the Donkey cause and a key pass play that bounced off Weldon’s hands into the hands of the Donkey receiver helped Bray put together the scoring drive. Whitehead finished the effort with a five-yard run and after Kilbourne ran for the two points, Ryan clung to a 70-68 lead with 3:12 left to play.

 The Cowboys proceeded to try to run out the clock and moved the ball from the Ryan 26 to the Donkey 38 when another borderline call went in favor of the Donkeys as Bray recovered a fumble that appeared to happen after Tomberlin was on the ground.

 This put Bray with possession at the 1:37 mark and 72 yards away from the go-ahead score. Two 15-yard penalties on the Cowboys and two big plays moved the ball to the Ryan 18 with one minute left. Two plays later Miller found the end zone from six yards out to give Bray-Doyle the lead.

 The Cowboys, however, did not give up. The Cowboys took possession at their own 33 after a 14-yard return by Phillips on the kickoff.

 After a first-down incompletion, Tomberlin found Fristoe across the middle for a 48-yard gain putting the ball at the Donkey 19 with 22 seconds left.

 An 18-yard scamper by Tomberlin put the ball near the goal line. Tomberlin finished off the drive with a one-yard score and also ran for the two points giving Ryan the lead again.

 Bray-Doyle had one final play but the halfback pass fell incomplete and Ryan had sealed the win.

 Parkhill and Tomberlin were again outstanding for the Cowboys on offense. Parkhill rushed for 117 yards on 14 carries and had 215 yards receiving on five catches.

 Tomberlin combined for 549 yards of offense with 273 yards rushing on 25 carries and 276 yards passing on just seven completions. Add 13 yards of interception returns and he had a total of 562 all-purpose yards.

 Four school records were broken in the contest.

Game in Figures

                         BDHS         RHS

First Downs             31            24

Yards Rushing         50-356     47-366

Yards Passing         151          276

Passes                     9-14         7-10

Passes Int. By          0              2

Fumbles, Lost          1-0           6-2

Punts                       0-0           1-34

Penalties                  6-52         24-218                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bray-Doyle  16            14            14         30–74

Ryan         6              36            14            22–78

                FIRST QUARTER

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 12 run (run failed), 8:44

BRAY-DOYLE – Curtis Cox 14 pass from Justin Miller (Mark Kilbourne run), 7:26

BRAY-DOYLE – Cox 22 pass from Miller (Kilbourne run), 4:39

                SECOND QUARTER

RYAN – Skylar Parkhill 16 pass from Tomberlin (run failed), 11:53

BRAY-DOYLE – Dalton Whitehead 6 run (pass failed), 10:44

RYAN – Parkhill 18 run (Kalen Weldon pass from Tomberlin), 9:18

RYAN – Travis Fristoe 1 run (pass failed), 7:01

RYAN – Parkhill 70 pass from Tomberlin (Andrew Villerreal pass from Tomberlin), 1:49

BRAY-DOYLE – Tully Booth 17 pass from Miller (Whitehead run),: 20.3

RYAN – Parkhill 65 pass from Tomberlin (Tomberlin run),: 00

                INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

BRAY-DOYLE: Rushing – Kilbourne 20-145, Whitehead 18-109, Miller 12-102; Passing – Miller 8-12-136-2; Kilbourne 1-2-15-0; Receiving – Kilbourne 3-62, Cox 3-47, Booth 2-28, Whitehead 1-16.

RYAN: Rushing – Tomberlin 25-273, Parkhill 14-117, Fristoe 8-76; Passing – Tomberlin 7-10-276-0; Receiving – Parkhill 5-215, Fristoe 1-48, Villerreal 1-13; Tackles – Pacen Wiest 15, Tomberlin 11, Villerreal 11, Walter Snider 9, Justin Williams 7, Gunner Phillips 5, Parkhill 5, Trey Bryant 4, Weldon 4, Sam Brown 3, Caleb Perrin 2, Raesh Casebolt 1.toe 5, Justin Williams 3, Parkhill 3, Phillips 1.

Waurika Makes Quick Work of Another Grid Opponent

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With seven games played in the 2018 season, Waurika has only played a full game one time.

That did not change last Thursday night as the Eagles pasted Central High, 52-0, in a key District B-4 contest at Cy Sloan Stadium.

Five of the six games for the season have ended at intermission because of the 45-point mercy rule.

Coach Joe Allen’s squad moves to 7-0 on the season, while Central High drops to 2-5 on the season.

The Eagles are 3-0 in District B-4 play and have a commanding hold on first place. The Bronchos are 1-2 and will have to right the ship to qualify for the playoffs.

Waurika will travel to Bray-Doyle tomorrow night for another district game against the Donkeys. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Aaron Nitka
Photo by Adam Brinson

In last Thursday’s encounter, the Eagles quickly got on the scoreboard as Colton Bryant scored from one yard out and ran for the two-point conversion to put Waurika in front, 8-0, just 44 seconds into the game.

Later in the first quarter, Turner Mora finished off an Eagle possession with a one-yard score and after Bryant ran for the two-point conversion Waurika was on top with 5:55 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Bronchos fumbled and the Eagles recovered. Mora scored from 27 yards out and then tossed to Aaron Nitka for the two points give Waurika a 24-0 advantage with 5:37 just 18 seconds after the previous score.

The Eagles got one more score before the end of the first quarter. Mora found Hunter Wesberry on a 44-yard touchdown pass. Bryant ran for the two points and Waurika was on top, 32-0, with 3:07 left in the first frame.

Early in the second quarter, the Eagles found the end zone again with Mora taking the pigskin in for the score from three yards out. The run failed, but Waurika held a 38-0 lead with 11:49 before the half.

Bryant got his second touchdown on the night as he busted loose for a 54-yard rushing score. The Eagle senior ran for the two points giving Waurika a 46-0 advantage with 5:29 left before intermission.

Zac Brown got in on the scoring act as he capped an Eagle drive with a 19-yard scoring run. The run failed, but Waurika had sealed the win with 2:00 remaining in the half.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: Waurika still trails in this short series with Central High, 3-2…..The 52 points scored by Waurika is the second most in games against Central High….The 52-point margin of victory is the largest for Waurika in the two wins….This was the first shutout Waurika has posted against the Bronchos in the five meetings…The 295 yards rushing by the Eagles equals the season-high total that was set against Wilson….This was the fifth time since beginning eight-man football that Waurika has recorded back-to-back games scoring 50 or more points….Waurika has now recorded five shutouts this season and with two games to go plus the playoffs has a chance to tie or break the school record of eight set in 1936, 1933 and 1928….Waurika recorded seven shutouts in 1989 and 1940 and six opponent shutouts in 1930 and 1934….The Eagles have also posted five shutouts in a season in 1927, 1939, 1945, 1950, 1959, 1969, 1981, 1988 and 1996….The six mercy-rule wins by Waurika is the most for any season since beginning eight-man play in 2012….Eight weeks into the season the Eagles finally found favor with at least one pollster as Waurika is ranked 14th in Class B by the website HS Football Oklahoma.

Game in Figures

                            CHS         WHS

First Downs             5              12

Yards Rushing         19-18       23-295

Yards Passing         62            80

Passes                     7-15         3-6

Passes Int. By          0              0

Fumbles, Lost          1              0

Punts                       N/A          N/A

Penalities                 3-25         2-10

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Central    0              0              x              x–0

Waurika   32            20            x              x–52

WAURIKA – Colton Bryant 1 run (Bryant run), 11:16, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Turner Mora 1 run (Bryant run), 5:55, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 27 run (Aaron Nitka pass from Mora), 5:37, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Hunter Wesberry 44 pass from Mora (Bryant run), 3:07, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 3 run (run failed), 11:49, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Bryant 54 run (Bryant run), 5:29, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Zac Brown 19 run (run failed), 2:00, 2nd Quarter

                INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

WAURIKA: Rushing – Bryant 7-116, Mora 8-89, Matt Arriolla 3-43, Zac Brown 3-23, Kevin Garcia 1-19, Nitka 1-5; Passes – Mora 3-6-80-0; Receiving – Wesberry 1-44, Nitka 1-30, Bryant 1-6.

Officiating Concerns Brought to Light in Recent Game at Ryan

Before we get to the information in this column, allow me to make a few disclaimers.

Officials in any sport are human. They can make mistakes and often do. It is unfortunate, but that is reality and since we are all human, there should be some level of understanding of this when there are bad decisions made in a game by officials.

Another issue in today’s high school sports arena is a critical shortage of officials to call the games at the high school and junior high level. Why is this? We will discuss some of those reasons further in this column.

One other disclaimer – I would never want to be an official. I will admit, however, to expressing frustration as a fan when officials make a bad call.

However, when there are repeated mistakes that are relatively obvious in a game, it is fair to bring those issues to light.

Last Thursday night at Ryan, I witnessed what was one of the poorest officiated games I have ever seen. I have been to a few in my 61 years – about 500 games.

Most of the time fans complain of the officiating when their team loses, but this time Ryan rallied for a last-second 78-74 win over Bray-Doyle.

The discrepancy in the number of penalties against each team in this game was mind-boggling. Ryan was flagged 24 times (not counting one penalty on an extra-point try), while Bray was whistled for only six penalties.

To be perfectly clear, Ryan was guilty of many of those penalties and must find a way to have more discipline during a game if they are to close out the current season with success.

Most of the critical calls came in the second half when the game became close.

Two pass interference calls, which are some of the most difficult to make in football, went against Ryan. One the Bray-Doyle receiver clearly pushed off the Ryan defender, but interference was flagged against Ryan.

The second missed call was actually a no-call as a Ryan receiver was streaking down the right sideline and was bumped by a Bray-Doyle defender keeping the Ryan receiver from reaching the ball.

Probably the worst call of the night came when Ryan coach Tony Tomberlin was giving a defensive signal. The referee blew his whistle and signaled timeout. The Ryan players and coaching staff were bewildered and when discovering none of the players called timeout, the referee was asked who called the timeout.

The referee informed Coach Tomberlin that he called it and when an explanation was given the referee refused to rescind the timeout. In my opinion, that was an easy fix. Simply call the teams back to the field and resume play.

Late in the game when Ryan was trying to drive for a clinching score and run out the clock, a Ryan player lost the ball after being tackled. The film is a bit inconclusive, but it appeared he was down before the fumble, but the officials gave the ball to Bray-Doyle and the Donkeys eventually scored the go-ahead touchdown with 43 seconds to play in the game.

 One other call in the fourth quarter that impacted the game was a targeting penalty called against Ryan’s Skylar Parkhill that results in an automatic ejection.

The film was sent to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. It was ruled not to be targeting and the ejection was rescinded so Parkhill will be eligible to play in Ryan’s contest with Wilson tomorrow night.

A few other calls were certainly questionable throughout the game.

This officiating crew must have had an off night. They are regarded as one of the best crews in this area and are usually found officiating at larger schools on a weekly basis.

One of the real issues with officiating in all sports is the lack of numbers of officials in Oklahoma.

As current officials are growing older and eventually hanging up their whistle, younger people are not stepping in to take on the job.

The shortage is real. Just a quick scan of the internet produced articles from Muskogee and Lawton that have been written in the past couple of years about the shortage of officials.

Games have even had to be rescheduled to a different night because officials could not be found to work a particular game.

Now in defense of the people that are not stepping up, it is a greater challenge to officiate games of all sports because kids are bigger and faster than they used to be. In football and basketball in particular the game is faster than ever before.

 

Many times people are not joining the officiating ranks because they do not want to put up with coaches and fans that at times can be irate and irrational. The abuse they some times take is often excessive. And some sports such as basketball and baseball, the officials are not far from the fans.

And there are a growing number of student-athletes that come with less than the best attitudes and when a call doesn’t go their way, the attitude of the player comes out. This is often detrimental as officials that are human take notice of this and often begin to look at that player a bit unfairly or with more scrutiny.

Players, coaches and fans need to be held accountable for some of the problems with the shortage of available officials.

But, the need for officials is real. Local organizations in Lawton, Duncan and Ardmore are actively searching for new people to join the ranks to call games in baseball, softball, soccer, wrestling, football and basketball.

If you are interested in becoming an official, go to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association’s website (ossaa.com) and register. There is a fee and there is a lot of preparation involved to eventually become an official.

The pay level is not great, but if someone needs a little extra cash, you can make up to $1,000 a season and if you can call more than one sport, the figure will increase.

So if you can weather the criticism and you want to be involved at some level with young men and women, you are urged to take the appropriate steps and become an official.

More numbers usually results in a higher quality of product and it is no different with officials. The need is real and the issues are real, but they can be solved.

 

Waurika Boys Claim Cameron Title; Girls Finish Second

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Bryson Hernandez finishes the 5K high school boys race at the Cameron University Cross Country Invitational at Lawton last Friday. Pictured behind Hernandez is Cache Arellano. The two runners finished third and fourth, respectively, in leading the Eagles to the team title. Photo by Trey Smart

LAWTON – After finishing second in two straight meets, the Waurika boys’ cross country squad surged to the title at the Cameron University Invitational here last Friday.

 The Waurika girls’ squad also ran impressively with a second-place finish to Ryan bolstered by the first and second place finishes of Asia Smith and Lexie Streeter, respectively.

 Both teams will travel to Velma-Alma for Saturday’s Class 2A Regional Cross Country meet at the Wildhorse Golf Course at Velma.

 The Lady Eagles are pitted with six other top 15 teams at the V-A regional. Waurika is ranked 12th in Class 2A.

 The Waurika boys are unranked, but come with some momentum after the win last weekend and two straight runner-up finishes. Four top 15 teams will be competing on the boys’ side of the regional.

Cache Arellano crosses the finish line in fourth place for Waurika at the Cameron University Cross Country Invitational last Friday at Lawton’s Big Green Soccer facility.
Photo by Trey Smart

 Waurika will be trying to qualify for next week’s state meet which will require the squads to finish in the top seven of the teams. The top 10 competitors not on a team that qualifies for state will also be tabbed to compete in the state meet.

Last Friday the Lady Eagles were second to Ryan in the team competition. Ryan had 26 points and Waurika finished with 35 points.

Smith recorded a time of 13:12.86 in taking the girls’ title, while Streeter was not far behind with a time of 13:20.80.

Asia Smith crosses the finish line in first place at the Cameron University Cross Country Invitational in Lawton last Friday.
Photo by Trey Smart

Tallin Mora also earned a medal for the Lady Eagles with her 10th-place finish. She recorded a time of 14:09.52.

 Faith Roberson was 19th on the day with a time of 15:24.23, while Dallas Fristoe was right behind in 20th place with a time of 15:37.02.

Rounding out the competitors for the Lady Eagles were Kaci Reynolds (22nd, 15:37.02), Hope Cummings (31st, 16:56.97), Gracie Walling (39th, 17:53.48), Madison Roberson (43rd, 18:25.86) and Sara Ballard (48th, 20:49.57).

 The Eagle squad claimed the title by nudging out Purcell. Waurika finished with 42 points, while Purcell tallied 45 points.

 Bryson Hernandez led the finishers among the Waurika boys’ competitors just as he has in all but one meet this season. Hernandez crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 19:44.50.

Bryson Hernandez finishes the 5K high school boys race at the Cameron University Cross Country Invitational at Lawton last Friday. Pictured behind Hernandez is Cache Arellano. The two runners finished third and fourth, respectively, in leading the Eagles to the team title.
Photo by Trey Smart

 Teammate Cache Arellano was right behind in fourth place with a time of 19:45.96. Arellano and Hernandez were the only two medalists for the Eagles.

 Gustavo Gomez was 13th in the race with a time of 21:38.53, while Octavio Gomez was 16th with a time of 21:21.09. Travis Etheridge rounded out the harriers for Waurika by finishing 29th with a time of 24:14.81.

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