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Waurika Rolls to Big Win Over Central High To Clinch Playoff Spot

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It was complete domination last Thursday night at Central High as the Waurika Eagles scored a 56-6 victory over the Bronchos in a contest that ended at the half.

Waurika returns to action Friday night as they play host to the Alex Longhorns. Kickoff at Cy Sloan Stadium is set for 7 o’clock.

Waurika is now 4-3 on the season and 2-1 in District B-4 play. Alex will come to Waurika without a win on the season in eight contests.

Treyton Torrez and Trent Arellano led the charge for the Eagles. Both Eagles scored four touchdowns each during the contest.

Torrez scored four rushing touchdowns on his 12 carries during the game which ended at the half because of the mercy rule.

Arellano caught two touchdown passes and had two rushing touchdowns.

The Eagles got off to a slow start as they led only 14-0 after the first quarter.

After the Bronchos had driven to the Waurika 14 on the first drive of the game, the Eagle defense rose to the occasion and held Central High on a fourth down attempt to take over on downs.

A few plays later, Torrez found Arellano on a screen play and he found the end zone from 19 yards out with 5:48 left in the first quarter to give Waurika a 6-0 lead.

On the Eagles’ next possession, Torrez capped a drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Torrez added the two-point conversion and Waurika held a 14-0 lead with 2:20 left in the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the points came often and quickly for the Eagles.

On the first play of the second period, Torrez scampered 37 yards for a score. Jonathan Winegeart added the two-point conversion giving the Eagles a 22-0 lead with 11:49 showing in the second quarter.

Waurika recovered the ensuing onside kick and on the first play from scrimmage, Torrez raced 35 yards for another score. Waurika was now in front 28-0 with 11:37 left in the second quarter after the try for two points came up short.

After another Waurika defensive stop, Torrez got his final score of the night with a four-yard scoring run. Winegeart added the two-point conversion and Waurika had increased the lead to 36-0 with 8:09 remaining in the first half.

Levi Young got the Bronchos on the scoreboard with a six-yard run and the Eagle lead had been trimmed to 36-6 with 6:23 left in the second quarter.

It did not take long for the Eagles to answer as Torrez found Arellano on a 45-yard touchdown pass. After Torrez ran for the two points, Waurika was in front, 44-6, with 6:09 still left in the second quarter.

Waurika closed out the game with two scores in the final couple of minute of the second quarter.

Arellano raced 25 yards with 2:14 left to put Waurika in front, 50-6.

With just 27 seconds left in the second quarter, Waurika got the game-ending score on a 33-yard run to set the final margin.

Torrez had another outstanding night rushing with 161 yards on 12 carries. Torrez had only two completions passing in the game, but both completions went for scores.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: The Eagles now hold a 6-3 advantage in meetings with Central High….Waurika has won five straight in the series….In all six wins by the Eagles over the Bronchos, Waurika has scored 50 or more points….The Eagles ran 34 offensive plays during the game and did not have negative yardage on any play….Waurika scored on eight of the 34 plays they ran during the game….Torrez broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier after his performance last Thursday night and now has 1,018 yards rushing on 83 carries….Jake Smart missed the game last week because of some injuries….This game was moved to Thursday night because of a shortage of available officials for the game….The Eagles have clinched a playoff spot with this victory over Central High and with a victory tomorrow night should clinch second place in the district race which would mean a home game for the first round of the playoffs.

Game in Figures

                                    WHS              CHS

First Downs                  14                   5

Yards Rushing              27-280           30-46

Yards Passing               64                   66

Passes                           2-7                  3-7

Passes Int. by                1                     0

Fumbles, Lost               0-0                 0-0

Punts                            0-0                 2-18

Penalties                       7-50               2-25

                  SCORE BY QUARTERS

Waurika   14             42              x                x—56

Central     0                6              x                 x—6

                  SCORING SUMMARY

WAURIKA – Trent Arellano 19 pass from Treyton Torrez (run failed), 5:48, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 1 run (Torrez run), 2:20, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 37 run (Johnathan Winegeart run), 11:49, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 35 run (run failed), 11:37, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 4 run (Winegeart run), 8:09, 2nd Quarter

CENTRAL HIGH – Levi Young 6 run (run failed), 6:23, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Arellano 45 pass from Torrez (Torrez run), 6:09, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Arellano 25 run (run failed), 2:14, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Arellano 33 run (run failed), :27, 2nd Quarter

                  INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

WAURIKA: Rushing – Treyton Torrez 12-161, Trent Arellano 6-85, Johnathan Winegeart 9-34; Passes – Torrez 2-7-0-64; Receiving – Arellano 2-64.

CENTRAL HIGH: Rushing – Levi Young 16-40, Bailey Johnson 6-11, Sean Klein 3-7, Aidan Armendariz 1-4, Cooper Walters 4-(-16); Passes – Johnson 3-7-0-66; Receiving – Johnson 1-40,Klein 1-20, Kolten Bethune 1-6.

Waurika Girls Cross Country Squad Qualifies for State Meet

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STATE BOUND: Waurika’s girls cross country squad finished seventh in the team competition at last Saturday’s Class 2A Regional meet held in Waurika and that qualified them for the state cross country meet. Pictured from left to right are: Jasmine Henry, Niecsa Camarillo, Jaden Adams, Coach Joe Masoner, Liberti Simmons and Jaci Gholson. Not pictured is Harleigh Loftis and Aubree Showalter, who did not compete in the regional because of an illness. (Photo provided)

The Waurika girls cross country team has overcome a number of obstacles during the 2022 season.

For most of the season, the Lady Eagles did not have enough participants to qualify for the team race in the majority of meets they participated in.

But, in the last few weeks, the Lady Eagles have had additional participants that have enabled them to be part of the team standings.

While still battling some illness, the Lady Eagles managed to finish seventh in last Saturday’s Class 2A Regional Cross Country Meet and that put the Lady Eagles into Saturday’s state championship meet.

The Class 2A State Cross Country Meet will be Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School. All classes will be held at the same location.

The Class 2A races will begin with the girls at 11:45 a.m., while the Class 2A boys will race at 12:15 p.m. An awards ceremony for Class 2A will follow at 1 p.m.

The top three teams will be awarded medals and 15 medals will be awarded to the top individual finishers.

Lucas Boyd, who has had an outstanding freshman season for the Eagles, qualified for the state meet as an individual and will be competing Saturday as well as the Lady Eagle team.

The Lady Eagles finished with 181 points – which trailed sixth-place Hobart that finished with 172 points. Riverside won the team title with 55 points.

Aubree Showalter, who has competed for the Lady Eagles in recent weeks, missed the meet due to illness and that meant other runners had to step up to enable Waurika to qualify for the state meet.

Waurika’s Jaci Gholson led the way for the Lady Eagles as she finished sixth in the meet with a time of 13:42.04 – which is her top time of the 2022 season.

The Waurika junior has had an outstanding season and she received a silver medal for her performance in the regional meet on the Lady Eagles’ home course – Harmon Park.

Also playing a key role in the Lady Eagles qualifying for the state meet were Harleigh Loftis, Liberti Simmons, Jaden Adams, Niecsa Camarillo and Jasmine Henry.

Loftis finished 67th in the race with a time of 16;24.74, while Simmons was 71st with a clocking of 16:34.71. Adams was 87th with a time of 17:32.15 and Camarillo finished 109th with a time of 20:16.18. Henry was 118th recorded a time of 23:05.23.

The top five finishers from each school figure into the team standings.

A total of 126 runners competed in the Class 2A girls’ race.

Boyd finished 11th in the boys’ competition and he was the fourth best individual that was not part of the team competition and the top seven individuals not on a team qualify for the state meet.

Boyd earned a bronze medal with his time of 19:28.45.

Alex Gomez and Trent Arellano also ran in the regional for the Eagles.

Gomez finished 17th with a time of 19:39.67 – just two seconds behind the last individual qualifier for the state meet.

Arellano turned in a time of 23:25.29 and that was good for 80th place among the 112 runners in the Class 2A race.

Class 2A had considerably more participants than the Class 3A and Class 4A races.

Class 2A Girls Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Riverside 55, Goodwell-Texhoma 58, Velma-Alma 59, Hollis 92, Walters 146, Hobart 172, Waurika 181, Konawa 197, Mountain View-Gotebo 245, Santa Fe South 273.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Karliey Parker (Riverside), 12:03.89; 2. Reese Coleman (Watonga, 13:07.14; 3. Jessie Foster-Anderson (Velma-Alma), 13:09.21; 4. Kayla Meason (Walters), 13:24.24; 5. Isabel Bush (Carnegie), 13:30.99.

Class 2A Boys Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Riverside 71, Sweetwater 95, Earlsboro 118, Christian Heritage 125, Santa Fe South 134, Merritt 134, Goodwell-Texhoma 162, Apache 170, Hollis 192, Wynnewood 237, Hobart 243, Konawa 261, Stonewall 345.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Brayden Cowan (Watonga), 17:32.62; 2. Asa Worthington (Carnegie), 17:59.28; 3. Andrew Moore (Earlsboro), 18:09.90; 4. Tice Seewalker (Riverside), 18:29.73; 5. Riley Herndon (Merritt), 18:37.03.

Class 3A Girls Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Bethel 30, Heritage Hall 96, Valliant 110, Lindsay 113, Prague 117, Lexington 143, Comanche 149, Marietta 159, Kingston 172.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Katie Bosley (Okla. City Christian Aca.), 13:00.84; 2. Baylee Tapley (Bethel), 13:14.43; 3. Kylie Nunneley (Bethel), 13:19.90; 4. Canon Russell (Lindsay), 13:48.92; 5. Brilee Combs (Comanche), 13:53.89.

Class 3A Boys Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Heritage Hall 60, Bethel 76, Lindsay 106, Silo 132, Lexington 145, Marietta 148, OC Christian Academy 159, Lone Grove 178, Comanche 180, Kingston 215, Frederick 236.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Jackson Fowler (Heritage Hall), 17:19.64; 2. Brycen Ward (Kingston), 17:43.68; 3. Daniel Ponce (Lindsay), 18:19.28; 4. Brycen Lassley (Comanche), 18:26.29; 5. Luis Garcia (Marietta), 18:40.84.

Class 4A Girls Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Cache 40, Pauls Valley 45, Madill 115, Sulphur 131, Marlow 139, Plainview 141, McLoud 144, North Rock Creek 241, Tuttle 243, Tecumseh 265, Harding Charter Prep 289.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: Kenzie Readnour (Pauls Valley), 12:54.47; 2. Cora Lane (Cache), 13:14.07; 3. Amidat Olokunola (Cache), 13:15.43; 4 Kara Daniels (Cache), 13:21.12; 5. Isabella Gutierrez (Pauls Valley), 13:32.65.

Class 4A Boys Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Cache 42, Plainview 64, Tecumseh 78, Sulphur 117, Marlow 121, Madill 168, Harrah 206, McLoud 228, Tuttle 230, Harding Charter prep 236, North Rock Creek 269, Pauls Valley 288.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Jordan Coody (North Rock Creek), 17:26.18; 2. Anthony Radke (Cache), 17:54.48; 3. Logan Haworth (Tecumseh), 18:00.17; 4. Cooper Phillips (Plainview), 18:02.01; 5. Cade Parks (Plainview), 18:16.64.

Ryan Sending Two Harriers To State Cross Country Competition

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 Two Ryan cross country participants will be headed to the state meet after qualifying during the Class 2A Regional Cross Country Meet held at Harmon Park in Waurika last Saturday.

Andrew Scott and Kamrie Hernandez each earned spots in Saturday’s state meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School by finishing among the top seven competitors not on a team in the regional at Waurika.

Waurika hosted one of three regionals in Class 2A.

Hernandez finished 16th overall in the Class 2A girls race and she recorded a time of 14:14.56, but she was the sixth best individual runner and the top seven individual runners qualify for an opportunity to run in the state meet.

The Cowgirl freshman ran her second best time of the season at the regional and was one of only six freshmen to finish in the top 20 of the race. Hernandez was one of only two freshmen individuals that qualified for state from the Waurika regional.

A total of 126 runners competed in the Class 2A division race.

Two other Cowgirls competed at the regional for coach Shelley Villarreal.

Lilah Regehr finished 76th in the competition with a time of 16:43.01 – her second best time of the cross country season.

Also competing for the Cowgirls at the regional was Kayleigh Hodges. She finished 117th with a time of 22:12.53.

All three Cowgirl competitors are freshmen.

Scott will be making his second straight appearance in the Class 2A state competition.

In last Saturday’s race, Scott finished 12th overall with a time of 19:30.04. He was the fifth best individual qualifier in the Waurika regional.

Scott was awarded a bronze medal for his performance at the regional meet.

The Class 2A state meet will begin with the girls’ race at 11:45 a.m. and the boys’ race will follow at 12:15 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.

STATE BOUND – Ryan’s Kamrie Hernandez (left) and Andrew Scott (right) will represent Ryan at Saturday’s Class 2A State Cross Country Meet at Edmond Santa Fe. The two Ryan cross country participants qualified for state by finishing in the top seven individuals not on a team at last Saturday’s Class 2A regional competition held at Harmon Park in Waurika. 
(Photo by Shelley Villarreal)

Cowboys Pick Up Big Double Overtime Victory Over Wilson

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…Another Strong Second Half Propels Ryan to Win

Sparked by another excellent second half performance, the Ryan Cowboys came away with a dramatic 32-26 double overtime victory over Wilson at Bob Givens Sports Complex last Friday night.

The Cowboys move to 2-0 on the season, while Wilson drops to 1-2.

 Ryan will hit the road for the first time in 2022 on Friday when they travel to Central High. Kickoff for the non-district matchup with the Broncos is 7 p.m.

Central High is 2-1 on the year with wins over Grandfield and Bray-Doyle. The Bronchos fell to Tipton, 52-14 last Friday night.

It was a gritty performance by the Cowboys throughout last Friday’s game and unlike the first game of the season, the Cowboys played well in the first half despite going into the locker room with a 6-0 deficit.

The first half touchdown by the Eagles came on the first drive of the game.

Wilson returned the opening kickoff to midfield and it took the Eagles just four plays to cover the distance for the score. The run for the extra point was stopped short by Ryan’s Kyson Tomberlin, but Wilson had the early 6-0 lead with 10:49 remaining in the first quarter.

The two teams exchanged punts and then Ryan put together its first threat of the game on their next possession. The Cowboys drove from their own 30 to the Wilson 25, but a fourth down pass was broken up and Wilson took over on downs.

The Eagles promptly moved down to the Cowboy 16 where on a fourth and one Ryan’s Daylen Vandoozer stuffed the Wilson runner for no gain giving Ryan the ball near the end of the first quarter.

Defense reigned supreme for both squads in the second quarter, but late in the quarter Ryan drove to the Wilson 13.

Two Ryan penalties and an incomplete pass gave Ryan a fourth down at the Wilson 27 and Xavier Guzman’s pass was intercepted in the end zone and the Eagles returned the ball to the Ryan 19 with just 31 seconds left before intermission.

But, on the first play, Wilson fumbled and Foreman Casebolt recovered for Ryan giving the Cowboys the ball at the Wilson 16.

The Cowboys, however, could not take advantage and a fourth down pass fell incomplete as the half ended.

Just like a week ago, the Cowboys came out for the second half and drove the football for a score after the opening kickoff.

Casebolt returned the second half kickoff seven yards to give Ryan the ball at its own 35.

A nine-yard gain by Racen Williams and a four-yard pick up by Carsen Rodriguez gave Ryan a first down at the Cowboy 48.

On the next play, Williams raced around right end, hovering around the sideline and then cutting back to the middle and outran the Wilson defense for a 52-yard touchdown run. The try for two points failed, but Ryan had tied the score at 6-6 with 11:34 left in the third quarter.

A punt by Wilson and a turnover by Ryan gave Wilson possession at the Eagle 36.

It took the Eagles 11 plays to travel 64 yards for the go-ahead score. 

Landon Richardson covered the final 13 yards for the score and the two-point conversion pass was broken up by Ryan’s Ethan Burden. The Eagles now had the lead, 12-6, with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter.

The Cowboys answered with an impressive drive of 60 yards in six plays. C. Rodiguez got the tying score on an 13-yard run. The pass for two points was incomplete, but the score was tied at 12-12 with just 11 seconds to play in the third quarter.

The two teams once again exchanged punts and at the 8:01 mark of the fourth quarter, Wilson took possession at its own 40.

After a three-yard loss, Wilson quarterback Collin Wharton found running back Jake Schiralli in the flat and he raced 63 yards to pay dirt. The pass for two points was incomplete, but the Eagles had moved in front, 18-12, with 6:54 left in the game.

On the next possession, the Cowboys turned the ball over on downs and Wilson got the ball with 4:17 left in the game. A 40-yard gain gave Wilson a first down at the Ryan 30 and the Eagles seemed poised to put the game away with another score.

But, after an incomplete pass, a pass for a loss of three yards and a four-yard gain, Wilson faced fourth and nine at the Ryan 29.

The Eagles went for the kill by throwing the ball, but it was picked off by Williams at the Ryan six and he returned it to the Wilson 38, but a Ryan penalty on the return brought the ball to the Ryan 39 after a penalty was assessed to Wilson for a late hit.

The play of the game might have come on first down for the Cowboys when Williams found C. Rodriguez downfield and the sophomore running back made a juggling catch as he fell to the ground, but it was good for a 24-yard pass completion at the Wilson 37.

Guzman picked up 14 yards for another first down moving the ball to the Wilson 23.

After a one-yard gain, Williams found Julian Rodriguez over the middle for a 21-yard pass completion down to the one with just 46 seconds remaining in the game.

The next three plays netted no yardage, but on fourth down C. Rodriguez bulled his way into the end zone for the tying score with just five seconds remaining in regulation.

The Cowboys had the opportunity to win the game with a successful two-point conversion, but the pass failed.

Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff to the Eagle 49, but time expired on the return to send the game into overtime.

Wilson won the toss and elected to play defense first on the west end of the field.

On Ryan’s first play, Williams found Will Townsend open in the end zone for the go-ahead score.

On the critical two-point conversion, Williams scrambled around threw into traffic to Guzman who made a clutch catch just inside the end zone to put Ryan in front, 26-18.

Wilson wasted no time in answering the Cowboy score as Wharton found tight end Cason Fulton wide open in the end zone for the touchdown. The Eagles tied the game with the two-point conversion pass from Wharton to Fulton again that sent the game into the second overtime.

The Eagles got the ball first in the second overtime and a first down pass was incomplete. On second down the Eagles were flagged for holding putting the ball back at the Ryan 20.

An incomplete pass, a four-yard loss and another incomplete pass gave Ryan its possession.

It took Ryan just three plays to get the winning score as C. Rodriguez broke outside and scored from one yard out to give the Cowboys the victory.

The Cowboy defense was impressive after the game-opening score by the Eagles as they came up with several key stops and three turnovers.

The offense rolled up 388 yards of total offense. Williams led all rushers in the game with 100 yards on 14 carries – his second straight game of 100+ yards. He was also 12 of 21 passing for 138 yards.

COWBOY CORRAL: This was the 10th overtime game played by Ryan in school history….The overtime game last Friday was the first extra period game played by Ryan since a double overtime victory over Waurika, 44-36, in 2017….Ryan is now 6-4 in overtime games since the rule was instituted in the 1975 season….The Cowboys are 4-0 in games that have gone two overtimes….Ryan is 2-0 in overtime games with Wilson….Ryan actually played in one of the first overtime games in Oklahoma during the 1975 season when Ryan defeated Temple, 6-0, in a pair of extra frames in the season opener….Ryan moves to 9-13 against Wilson in school history and 2-3 in games since Wilson began eight-man play a few years ago…The first meeting between these two schools came in 1920 – a 46-14 victory by the Cowboys…..The 32 points scored by the Cowboys against the Eagles is the most since Ryan scored 42 in a 42-8 victory in the 1970 season….The point total by the Cowboys is the third highest total in 22 meetings with Wilson….The 26 points by Wilson is the most in the series in an Eagle loss to Ryan….Ryan and Wilson went 39 years without playing each other from 1977 to 2016 – when Wilson moved to the eight-man ranks….Wilson is the largest eight-man school in the state according to the latest figures released by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association…The last time the Cowboys were 2-0 to open a season was 2017, but it has happened only 21 times since Ryan began eight-man play in 1978….The Cowboys moved to sixth in the Class C rankings by the Tulsa World and that is the first time a Ryan team has been ranked since early in the 2014 season….The win over Wilson represents the first win over a Class B non-district foe when Ryan is playing in Class C since the 2013 season opener when Ryan downed Waurika, 44-26….A pair of former Waurika head football coaches were on opposite sides of the field last Friday night as Tony Roberts serves as an assistant at Ryan, while Glenn Howard is an assistant at Wilson.

Game in Figures

                            WHS          RHS

First Downs           12              16

Yards Rushing       30-168     47-250

Yards Passing         161           138

Passes                   10-22        12-22

Passes Int. by          2                2

Fumbles, Lost         3-1            0-0

Punts                   4-35.3       4-30.8

Penalties                6-72          9-75

               SCORE BY QUARTERS

Wilson      6     0      6       6      8      0—26

Ryan         0     0     12      6      8      6—32

              

SCORING SUMMARY

                  FIRST QUARTER

WILSON – Jake Schiralli 14 run (run failed), 10:49

                  THIRD QUARTER

RYAN – Racen Williams 52 run (run failed), 11:34

WILSON – Landon Richardson 2 run (pass failed), 2:26

RYAN – Carsen Rodriguez 13 run (pass failed), :11

                  FOURTH QUARTER

WILSON – Schiralli 63 pass from Collin Wharton (pass failed), 6:54

RYAN – Rodriguez 1 run (pass failed), :05

                  FIRST OVERTIME

RYAN – Will Townsend 10 pass form Williams (Xavier Guzman pass from Williams)

WILSON – Cason Fulton 10 pass from Wharton (Fulton pass from Wharton)

                 SECOND OVERTIME

RYAN – Rodriguez 1 run (no try)

         INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

WILSON: Rushing – Jake Schiralli 11-113, Collin Wharton 5-18, Landon Richardson 5-13, Isiah Gibson 4-11, Braxton Miles 4-10, Braxton Lee 1-3; Passing – Wharton 10-22-2-161; Receiving – Schiralli 4-74, Cason Fulton 3-57, Dakota Chatham 1-12, John Gunter 1-9, Landon Richardson 1-9.

RYAN: Rushing – Racen Williams 14-100, Carsen Rodriguez 19-96, Xavier Guzman 12-61, Team 1-(-7); Passes – Williams 12-2-1-138, Guzman 0-1-1-0; Receiving – Will Townsend 3-20, C. Rodriguez 2-65, Julian Rodriguez 2-24, Guzman 2-13, Maddox Dabbs 2-11; Foreman Casebolt 1-3; Tackles: Kyson Tomberlin 6.5, C. Rodriguez 6, J. Rodriguez 6, Williams 5.5, Guzman 5.5, Dabbs 4, Casebolt 3.5, Daylen Vandoozer 2.5, Will Regher 1.5, Mason Adsit 1, Alex Uribe, Ethan Burden .5, Andrew Scott .5.

Cowgirls Drop Contest with Lady Bearcats At Home

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 The Ryan Cowgirl softball squad is making progress, but the wins continue to elude the squad after a 9-1 defeat at the hands of Grandfield Tuesday night at Larry Ninman Field.

Last Thursday’s game with Bray-Doyle was rained out.

The Cowgirls are back in action today at the Temple Invitational Tournament.

In the first round of the 14-team tourney, Ryan will face Grandfield again today at 3 p.m.

A win would mean a 5:30 p.m. bout today with the winner of Walters and Empire, while a loss means a 4:15 p.m. meeting today with the loser of Walters and Empire.

The tourney, which features four ranked teams from Classes A & B, will conclude on Saturday.

Ryan will host Waurika on Monday and will entertain Geronimo on Tuesday on Larry Ninman Field.

In Tuesday’s game with Grandfield, the 14th-ranked Lady Bearcats sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the third inning and scored four times to take a 4-0 lead over the Cowgirls. Three doubles and three singles led to the four scores.

In the top of the fourth, Grandfield added another run to up the margin to 5-0.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cowgirls got on the scoreboard with a single run.

A leadoff walk by Jasmine Villerreal got things going for the Cowgirls and that was followed by a single by Emily Harris.

After two were out, Lirin Tucker connected on a single to score Villerreal and the deficit was trimmed to 5-1.

Grandfield answered with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. A home run, two errors, two walks and a single contributed to the big inning for the Lady Bearcats.

Ryan could not score in the bottom of the fifth and the game ended on the run-rule.

Villerreal, Harris and Tucker had the only hits for the Cowgirls, who fell to 2-8 on the year heading into today’s tournament action.

Ryan’s Junior High Girls Finish Meet Runner Up at Geronimo

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…Cowboys’ Scott Finishes Sixth and Sets School Mark

Ryan’s cross country teams traveled to Geronimo last Friday and came away with one team plaque and a handful of medals.

The junior high girls finished second in the team race behind Hollis helped along by five runners that earned medals by finishing in the top 30.

Micahl Villarreal led the way for the junior high Cowgirl harriers with an eighth place finish.

Crosby Casebolt nabbed 12th place for the Cowgirls, while Imrie Salinas finished 22nd in the 1,600-meter race.

The other two medalists for the Cowgirls were Mylah Swinge, who finished 23rd and Zoei Williamson earned 28th place in the race. Annzlee Tomberlin also competed for the Cowgirls and finished 34th.

The junior high boys did not have enough participants to compete in the team race, but two Cowboys had medal performances.

Breydon Hill finished 25th for the Cowboys, while Kyson Harrison earned 27th place in the 3,200-meter course that winds around the Geronimo baseball and softball facilities.

Tegan Dewbre also ran for the junior high Cowboys and finished 42nd.

Andrew Scott was the only runner for the high school boys, but he turned in a record-breaking performance for the Cowboys and earned sixth place.

Scott’s time of 18:14 sets the school record at that distance in cross country and is also his personal best time.

Three freshmen girls ran for the Cowgirls in the high school division.

Kamrie Hernandez finished 13th with a time of 13:58 over the 3,200-course. She improved her previous best time by nearly 40 seconds and was the only medalist for the Cowgirls.

Also running for the Cowboys was Lilah Regehr and Kayleigh Hodges.

Regehr finished 45th with a time of 16:26 – an improvement of nearly six minutes from her first outing of the season.

Hodges came in with a time of 21:17 and she finished 81st in the field.

The elementary cross country runners for Ryan also participated in the meet but results were unavailable.

Waurika Cross Country Squads Open Season at Geronimo, Madill

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Waurika’s high school and junior high cross country teams opened the 2022 season with competition at two different meets this past weekend.

The high school squad opened the season last Saturday with competition at the Madill Cat Run held at the Madill City Lake. The Eagles did not have enough to compete as a team, but sent a total of five competitors to the meet.

Alex Gomez, a junior for the Eagles, finished 16th in the 5K race and earned a medal. His time was 19:57.16.

Also competing for the Eagles was freshman Lucas Boyd. He finished 32nd with a clocking of 20:50.72.

The only medalist for the Lady Eagles was junior Jaci Gholson. She finished eighth with a time of 14:46.14.

The other two competitors for the Lady Eagles were Harleigh Loftis (35th, 17:01.62) and Jaden Adams (39th, 17:12.28).

There were 75 runners in the two-mile race for the high school girls and 118 high school boys competed in the meet.

Last Friday at Geronimo, the junior high and elementary runners competed in the Comanche Nation Cross Country Invitational.

The junior high boys came away with the team title in the meet thanks to four top 10 finishes, plus one other medalist.

The junior high Eagles finished with 32 points – well ahead of team runner up Rush Springs which had 57 points.

This was the second straight year for the Eagles to claim the junior high boys title at Geronimo.

All the competitors for the grade school cross country squads came away with medals. No team competition was held in the grade school division.

Times were not available for the Geronimo meet.

Geronimo JH Results

Boys (3,200 Meters)

4. Aiden Jenkins; 5. Cadyn Tallon; 6. Ryder Watkins; 7. Jonathan Herrera; 21. Brodie Franco; 28. Ledger Watkins; 29. Austin Eck; 34. Asriel Greeson.

Girls (1,600 Meters)

33. Gabi Gunter.

Geronimo Elementary Results

Boys (1,600 Meters)

8. Brody Berry; 13. Benny Franco; 20. Creed Taylor; 21. Deklyn Latta; 22. Jantzey Simmons; 29. Cache Taylor; 30. Juan Garcia.

Girls (1,600 Meters)

7. Reality Perry; 18. Raven Lewis; 19. Braelyn Pangus; 24. Lily Poage; 2. Kree Rodriguez; 28. Mayzie Walling; 29. Aspen Fox; 30. Chole Webb; 31. Mya McIntosh; 34. Paisley Griffin; 35. Brantlei Allen; 36. Stalsalyn Porterfield; 37. Jasmine Alvarez.

Businesses Invited to Decorate Doors

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The Waurika High School Student Council is inviting downtown businesses to once again participate in the annual Homecoming Door Decorating Contest!

The theme this year is “Once Upon An Eagle… (fairy tale edition!)”  Businesses are asked to decorate the outside of their businesses and show their spirit for Homecoming, taking place on Friday, September 16th.  Doors will be judged Friday before the parade, and the winning business will be announced at the Homecoming parade held at 2pm downtown.  

The winning business will get to display the traveling Eagle Spirit Trophy for the year! 

Strong Second Half Performance Propels Ryan to Victory

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…Cowboys score 30 unanswered points to win season opener

The Ryan Cowboys rallied from an 18-point deficit to earn a hard-fought 30-18 victory over Thackerville last Friday night at Bob Givens Sports Complex.

The Cowboys are back in action tomorrow night when they will play host to Wilson. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in the contest that was originally scheduled to be played at Wilson.

The Eagles will bring a 1-1 record to Ryan after dropping a 56-6 verdict to Hollis. Wilson won its season opener with a 56-8 victory over Thackerville.

There is an old saying in the sports world – “it was a tale of two halves.”

And, that saying could describe perfectly what happened last Friday night on the Cowboys home turf.

Thackerville took advantage of two Ryan turnovers and some critical Ryan mistakes to hold an 18-0 lead at the intermission.

But, the Cowboys came out of the locker room in the second half and executed offensively and defensively to near perfection in putting up 30 points to come away with the first victory of the 2022 season.

Thackerville received the opening kickoff and moved from its own 28 to the Ryan 16 in 12 plays using 5:05 of the first quarter clock, but the Ryan defense came up with a big fourth down stop and the Cowboys took over on downs.

The Cowboys struggled offensively to open the contest. The next Cowboy possession netted only 21 yards and was hampered by two Ryan penalties.

A fumble recovery by the Wildcats’ Bryson McGilvray ended the drive and gave the Wildcats the ball at the Ryan 34.

 On the first play, Austin Tyre got behind the Ryan defense and caught a pass and slipped a Cowboy defender to complete a 34-yard scoring play. The two-point conversion failed, but the Wildcats had a 6-0 lead with 49 seconds left in the first frame.

 The two teams exchanged punts and after a Ryan penalty on a punt return the Cowboys set up at their own 33.

 The Cowboys moved to the Thackerville 29 after a brilliant catch by Julian Rodriguez that resulted in a 24-yard gain, but on the next play, the ball was snapped over the head of the quarterback and the gain was nearly wiped out.

Another sack of quarterback Racen Williams and a short run had the Cowboys in a fourth and long. Hoping to catch the Wildcats off guard, Ryan called a fake punt, but was stopped after a seven-yard gain.

This gave Thackerville possession at midfield and it took the Wildcats 11 plays to get another score.

Tyre caught a 13-yard pass from Justice Rodriguez for the touchdown. The Cowboys again stopped the two-point conversion, but with only 2:32 left before the half, the Wildcats increased the lead to 12-0.

 Ryan’s offense sputtered once again as McGilvray fell on another Ryan fumble giving the Wildcats the ball at the Ryan 25.

Justice Rodriguez again found Tyre open on the first play of the possession and the pair connected on a 25-yard scoring play with just 26 seconds left in the first half. The Cowboy defense again stopped the two-point conversion, but the Wildcats took an 18-0 lead at the half.

The Cowboys were a different team in the second half and it was on display on their first possession.

Ryan took the ball to start the second half \ at its own 34 and three rushes by Carsen Rodriguez produced 15 yards.

On a third down play, Williams got outside around the right end and sped 51 yards for the Cowboys’ first score. Williams ran for the two-point conversion and the lead was trimmed to 18-8 with 10:14 showing in the third quarter.

The Wildcats looked like they would answer the Cowboy score as they marched from the Thackerville 32 to the Ryan 11, but the Cowboy defense rose up and the next four plays produced only two yards and Ryan took over on downs at its own nine.

It took only three plays to drive 91 yards with the big play being an 83-yard touchdown by Williams. After a bad snap, Williams went right, got around the corner and then broke toward the middle of the field and outran the Wildcat defense to the end zone.

Xavier Guzman added the two-point conversion and with 5:30 left in the third quarter the Cowboys had drawn to within two points at 18-16.

At this point, the momentum shift was on full display.

The two teams exchanged possessions and after a short Thackerville punt early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys launched the go-ahead drive.

The Cowboys went 60 yards in 10 plays – overcoming a penalty and converting two fourth downs – for the score.

ELUDING A WILDCAT – Ryan’s Racen Williams (1) tries to get past Thackerville defender Justice Rodriguez (5) during last Friday’s night’s 30-18 victory over Thackerville in the season opener for the Cowboys. 
(Photo by Shelley Villerreal)

On the second fourth-down conversion, Guzman found Julian Rodriguez for a 21-yard completion and then on first down at the 16, Guzman took the ball around the left side and raced into the end zone for the score.

After a five-yard penalty on the try for two points, Williams found Julian Rodriguez for the successful two-point conversion and Ryan had its first lead of the season, 24-18, with 5:38 left in the game.

On the Wildcats’ next possession, Ethan Burden intercepted a Wildcat pass and raced 61 yards for what was thought to be a clinching score. But, a penalty after the interception on the Cowboys erased the return, but Ryan did have possession with 4:05 left in the game at the Cowboy 39.

The Cowboys needed to melt the clock but faced a third-and-15 at its own 34 when Williams found Will Townsend behind the Wildcat defenders for a 30-yard pass completion.

The next two plays resulted in 25 yards of penalties assessed to the Wildcats and Ryan was at the Thackerville 11.

On the first play, the Cowboys fumbled, but Kyson Tomberlin wrestled the ball away from the Thackerville defender to allow Ryan to retain possession.

On the next play, Guzman took off around the right end and eluded a Thackerville defender at the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown run. Guzman’s run for the two points was stopped at the goal line, but Ryan had a 30-18 lead with only 1:36 left in the game.

The Wildcats got possession at midfield, but with no timeouts they were forced into hurry-up mode.

Thackerville made one first down, but a 15-yard penalty with only 37 seconds left put the Wildcats into a fourth and long situation and a running play came up short of the line to gain and Ryan took over on downs and the clock expired.

Williams led the Cowboys in rushing with 193 yards on just 18 carries.

Foreman Casebolt was brilliant on defense for the Cowboys with 12 solo tackles and two assists.

Guzman added seven solo tackles – including two key stops during the contest. He also had an assisted tackle.

COWBOY CORRAL: This was the first victory in a season opener for the Cowboys since the 2017 season when the Cowboys downed Thackerville, 40-8…The 30 points scored was also the most points scored by Ryan in a season opener since that 2017 contest with the Wildcats….This was also the first season-opening win by the Cowboys under fifth-year coach Tony Tomberlin….The Cowboys are 4-2 in season openers played against Thackerville….With this win, the Cowboys are now 58-39-6 in season openers, but have dropped seven of the last nine season openers….Ryan is 11-11 in season openers since the turn of the century and stand at 27-17 since beginning eight-man play in 1978….The Cowboys lead the series with Thackerville, 22-11….The win over the Wildcats broke a three-game losing skid against Thackerville.

 Game in Figures

                                    THS            RHS

First Downs               19              17

Yards Rushing         41-199     45-265

Yards Passing          125           92

Passes                       8-19          4-8

Passes Int. By          0                1

Fumbles, Lost          3-0            3-2

Punts                          2-15.5       1-35

Penalties                   6-55          12-110

                  SCORE BY QUARTERS

Thackerville           6                12              0                0—18

Ryan                     0                0              16             14—30

                  SCORING SUMMARY

                  FIRST QUARTER  

THACKERVILLE – Austin Tyre 34 pass from Justice Rodrigue (run failed), :49

                  SECOND QUARTER

THACKERVILLE – Tyre 13 pass from Rodriguez (run failed), 2:32

THACKERVILLE – Tyre 25 pass from Rodriguez (run failed), :26

                  THIRD QUARTER

RYAN – Racen Williams 51 run (Williams run), 10:14

RYAN – Williams 83 run (Xavier Guzman run), 5:30

                  FOURTH QUARTER

RYAN – Guzman 16 run (Julian Rodriguez pass from Williams), 5:38

RYAN – Guzman 11 run (run failed), 1:36

                  INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

THACKERVILLE: Rushing – Lucas Rickwa 11-63, Aziz Hernandez 12-59, Justice Rodriguez 9-43, Austin Tyre 7-24, Andy Cabrera 2-10; Passes – Rodriguez 8-19-125-1; Receiving – Tyre 4-102, Cabrera 1-16, Hernandez 1-5, Rickwa1-1, Micah Wolfe 1-1.

RYAN: Rushing – Racen Williams 18-193, Carsen Rodriguez 20-56, Xavier Guzman 6-39, Team 1-(1-23); Passes – Williams 3-7-71-0; Guzman 1-1-21; Receiving – Will Townsend 2-47, Julian Rodriguez 2-45; Tackles – Foreman Casebolt 14, Guzman 7.5, Williams 5, J. Rodriguez 4, Larry Sewell 3, Mason Adsit 3, Andrew Scott 2.5, Will Townsend 2, Maddox Dabbs 1, Daylen Vandoozer 1, C. Rodriguez 1, Ethan Burden 1, Will Regher 1, Aaron Ortiz 1, Kyson Tomberlin .5, Alex Uribe .5.

Eagles Paste Destiny In First Road Trip of the Year

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…Trip to Del City Ends with Mercy Rule Victory at the Half

 An array of big plays and four turnovers by Destiny Christian allowed Waurika to post an impressive 56-6 victory over the Wildcats in Del City last Friday night.

The game ended at halftime because of the mercy rule.

Every touchdown for the Eagles was 22 yards or more and four of them were 50 yards or more – including a 68-yard fumble return by Isaac Camarillo.

The Wildcat defense provided little resistance as the Eagles ran only 23 offensive plays in the one half of play and one of those was a punt and six others were scoring plays.

Meanwhile the Eagle defense produced four turnovers – three of which were interceptions.

Waurika scored four times in the first quarter and three more in the second quarter to record its first win of the year.

Camarillo started the scoring barrage at the 10:46 mark of the first quarter when he hauled in a 35-yard scoring pass from Treyton Torrez. Trent Arellano ran for the two-point conversion to give the Eagles an early 8-0 advantage.

Jake Smart scored the first of his two touchdowns for the next Waurika score. His 22-yard scoring run was the shortest scoring play of the night and came with 6:52 left in the first quarter. Smart added the two-point conversion and Waurika was in front, 16-0.

T. Torrez got his first of two rushing touchdowns for the next Waurika score. The Waurika quarterback busted free for a 67-yard scoring jaunt and Smart ran for the two points and with 3:14 left in the quarter Waurika built a 24-0 lead.

Destiny Christian got on the scoreboard for the only time with just 12 seconds left in the first quarter. Dennis Dibie caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Jason Ramsey. The try for two failed, but the Wildcats had cut the lead to 24-6.

The Eagles were not done scoring as they took possession following the kickoff at the Destiny Christian 48 and on the first play T. Torrez found Gavin Torrez for a 48-yard pass and catch as time expired in the first quarter. When T. Torrez ran for the two points, the first quarter ended with Waurika in front, 32-6.

 Early in the second quarter, T. Torrez got away from the Wildcats again and he sped 50 yards for the touchdown. Smart ran for the two points and with 8:27 remaining before halftime, the Eagles had increased the lead to 40-6.

The Wildcats began a drive on their next possession, but it ended when Camarillo picked up a fumble and raced 68 yards for the score. Arellano added the two-point conversion and with 5:48 left in the second quarter Waurika had upped the margin to 48-6.

The final score of the night came after another Wildcat turnover. This time it was Smart who broke free and rambled 55 yards for the score with 5:04 left before intermission. When Gunner Myers ran for the two points, the final margin was set.

Smart and T. Torrez each eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark. Smart had just five carries for 137 yards, while T. Torrez racked up 108 yards on only four carries.

The Eagles used the big plays to compile 264 yards rushing on only 16 attempts or a 16.5 per carry average.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: The Eagles are now 1-1 on the season and will take a week off before entertaining Grandfield on September 16 for homecoming….The Bearcats are 1-1 heading this week’s game with Fox and they broke an 11-game losing streak with their win over Paoli last Friday night….The 56 points scored by the Eagles last Friday marks the 18th time the Eagles have scored 56 or more points  under fifth-year head coach Joe Allen….The 56 points scored is the most since the Eagles put up 66 points last season against Canton….It is the 27th time since Waurika began eight-man play that the Eagles have scored 56 points or more in a game….This was the first meeting with a private school since a 2020 playoff game with Southwest Covenant and the first regular season meeting with a private school since a 54-6 loss to Oklahoma City Christian Academy in the 2013 season….Waurika is 4-2 in school history against private schools and if you add in meetings in the past with Ft. Sill and Riverside Indian Schools and Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Waurika is 11-2 in meetings against private schools….Only three times in 11 years of eight-man football has Waurika managed to win its first two games and it has happened only 19 times in school history…Smart’s 137 yards rushing marks his second straight game as an Eagle with 100+ yards.

 Game in Figures

                                    WHS           DC

First Downs               8                6

Yards Rushing         16-264     15-60

Yards Passing          95              113

Passes                       3-6            8-16

Fumbles, Lost          0-0            1-1

Punts                          1-29          0-0

Penalties                   5-44          2-15

                          SCORE BY QUARTERS

Waurika                   32             24              x                x—56

Destiny Christian     0                8               x                x—8

                           SCORING SUMMARY

WAURIKA – Isaac Camarillo 35 pass from Treyton Torrez (Trent Arellano run), 10:46, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Jake Smart 22 run (Smart run), 6:52, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 67 run (Smart run), 3:14, 1st Quarter

DESTINY CHR. – Dennis Dibie 32 pass from Jason Ramsey (run failed), :12, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Gavin Torrez 48 pass from T. Torrez (T. Torrez run), :00, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – T. Torrez 50 run (Smart run), 8:27, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Camarillo 68 fumble return (Arellano run), 5:48, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Smart 55 run (Gunner Myers run), 5:0, 2nd Quarter

                  INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

WAURIKA: Rushing – Jake Smart 5-137, Treyton Torrez 4-108, Trent Arellano 3-24, Gunner Myers 1-0, Johnathan Winegeart 3-(-5); Passing – T. Torrez 3-6-95-0; Receiving – Isaac Camarillo 1-35, Gavin Torrez 1-48, Smart 1-12.

DESTINY CHRISTIAN: Rushing – Jason Ramsey 9-48, Zachay Maturey 4-6, Dennis Dibie 1-4, Jayden Anglin 1-2; Passing – Ramsey 8-16-13-3; Receiving – Diebie 3-44, Maturey 3-28, Caleb Weston 3-44.

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