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Monday, September 24, 2018

Waurika Takes Advantage of Carnegie Turnovers for Win


A high school football game can quickly get out of hand when one team is making turnovers.

And, that was the case last Friday night as Waurika rolled to a 64-14 victory over Carnegie on the Wildcats’ home field.

Austin Dyer is handling kick-off responsibilities this season.
Photo by Adam Brinson

Carnegie made six turnovers in only one half of play and Waurika returned two of the miscues for scores to propel the Eagles’ to their third straight win to start the season.

Waurika will face its biggest test of the season thus far tomorrow night when Snyder comes to Cy Sloan Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Turner Mora making a stop against the Carnegie Wildcats Photo by Adam Brinson

The Cyclones are ranked 10th in Class B and scored a big 34-24 victory over Class C juggernaut Tipton. Snyder is 4-0 on the year.

Waurika got its scoring parade started in the first quarter as Colton Bryant scored on a six-yard run. The two-point conversion failed leaving Waurika in front, 6-0, with 7:23 to play in the first quarter.

The Eagles got two more scores before the end of the first quarter on touchdown passes.

The first TD pass came as quarterback Turner Mora found Hunter Wesberry for a 27-yard scoring pass. Mora ran for the two points and Waurika held a 14-0 advantage with 3:57 left in the first quarter.

Kevin Garcia Photo by Adam Brinson

Waurika picked up the first of four interceptions on the night on Carnegie’s next drive as Bryant picked off the pass and returned it to the Wildcat 12.

In just two plays the Eagles covered the short distance with Mora finding Bryant on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed, but with 2:09 still to play in the first quarter Waurika had put together a 20-0 lead.

Colton Bryant attempting to get into the endzone. Photo by Adam Brinson

The Wildcats tried to stay up with the Eagles as quarterback Xavier Nesahkluah hit Kaden Akins on an 11-yard touchdown pass overcoming two penalties on the drive. Nesahkluah tossed the two-point conversion to Andrew Cano and Carnegie had narrowed the gap to 20-8 with 10:53 left before the half.

On the ensuing kickoff, Mora took the ball at the Eagle 30 and raced 75 yards for the score. The try for two points failed, but Waurika had increased the lead to 26-8 at the 10:42 mark of the second quarter.

Turner Mora
Photo by Adam Brinson

Carnegie answered with another score on the Wildcats’ next drive – a six-play, 69-yard drive. Nesahkluah threw his second touchdown pass of the game – this time to Cano – from 10 yards out. The try for two failed, but with 8:22 left before intermission Waurika’s lead was cut to 26-14.

This is when the wheels began to fall off for the Wildcats and the Eagles pounced on the opportunity to put the game away.

Hunter Wesberry intercepting a Carnegie pass.
Photo by Adam Brinson

On Waurika’s first play after the kickoff, Zac Brown broke loose for a 55-yard scoring run and after Mora added the two-point conversion Waurika increased the lead to 34-14 with 8:06 left in the quarter.

Waurika’s defense got in on the scoring onslaught just 21 seconds later as Wesberry picked off an errant Wildcat pass and raced 36 yards on the return for the score. Bryant ran for the two points and Waurika was now in front, 42-14, with 7:45 to play before the half.

Photo by Adam Brinson

Another Carnegie turnover resulted in Waurika’s next score. Gatlin Black scooped up a Wildcat bobble and took it to pay dirt from 40 yards out. Mora ran for the two-point conversion and the Eagles led, 50-14, with 4:45 still to play in the half.

Wesberry’s second interception of the night set up the next Eagle score. Mora got his second score of the game on a 41-yard rushing touchdown. Bryant ran for the two points and the Eagles had a 58-14 lead with 2:27 left in the quarter.

Photo by Adam Brinson

Another turnover by the Wildcats sealed the mercy-rule fate for Carnegie. Waurika recovered another fumble to give the Eagles the ball at the 23-yard line.

A couple of plays later, Brown made his way into the end zone from one yard out. The run for two points failed, but Waurika had a 64-14 lead with just 57 seconds left in the half.

Carnegie’s last drive of the night was ended in the final seconds when Kevin Garcia got another interception and ran out the clock on the return.


“We challenged our team all week in practice and they stepped up to the challenge,” said head coach Joe Allen after the game. “This was the best half of football we have played this season.”

Working with a short field much of the night did not produce very many impressive statistics. Brown was the leading rusher with 82 yards on just five carries. Mora was effective in the passing game with four completions on just six attempts for 71 yards.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: The 64 points scored is the second highest total by a Waurika squad since the Eagles began eight-man play in 2012….The 64 points is tied for ninth highest number of points scored in school history….Waurika has not scored more than 64 points in a game since putting 80 on Fox in 2016…Carnegie has never beaten Waurika in three meetings with the Eagles….The 50-point margin of victory eclipses the 49-point winning margin against Carnegie in the first meeting between the schools in 1996…The 3-0 start is the best for Waurika since 2015, but it is only the second time since 1997 the Eagles have started a season with three straight wins….Waurika has started 3-0 only 14 times in 99 years of football….The Waurika defense has scored at least one touchdown in all three games this season….The 14 points scored by Carnegie are the first points allowed by the Waurika defense this season….Waurika has ended each of its first three games at halftime.

Game in Figures

                                WHS         CHS

First Downs             7              9

Yards Rushing         21-177     17-34

Yards Passing         71            141

Passes                     4-6           9-21

Passes Int. By          4              0

Fumbles Lost           1-0           2-2

Punts                       0-0           1-24

Penalties                  5-45         6-50

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Waurika   20            44            x              x–64

Carnegie 0              14            x              x–14

WAURIKA – Colton Bryant 6 run (run failed), 8:23, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Hunter Wesberry 27 pass from Turner Mora (Mora run), 3:57, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Bryant 10 pass from Mora (run failed), 2:09, 1st Quarter

CARNEGIE – Kaden Adkins 12 pass from Xavier Nesahkluah (Andrew Cano pas from Nesahkluah), 10:53, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 75 kickoff return (run failed), 10:42, 2nd Quarter

CARNEGIE – Cano 10 pass from Nesahkluah) (pass failed), 8:22, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Zac Brown 55 run (Mora run), 8:06, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Wesberry 36 interception return (Bryant run), 7:45, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Gatlin Black 40 fumble return (Mora run), 4:45, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 41 run (Bryant run), 2:27, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Brown 1 run (run failed), :57.6, 2nd Quarter


WAURIKA: Rushing – Brown 5-82, Mora 8-63, Kevin Garcia 4-22, Bryant 4-10; Passing – Mora 4-6-71-0; Receiving – Wesberry 2-57, Bryant 1-10, Edwin Garcia 1-4.

Impact of Ryan’s Coach West Goes Far Beyond Athletic Circles

 You might expect when a sports writer is asked to write a tribute to someone the focus would be on that person’s accomplishments as a coach or player.

 But, this article will be focused more on the person than his accomplishments.

Last week a large crowd gathered at Ryan’s First Baptist Church to say goodbye to legendary Ryan coach and principal, Raymon West.

Most anyone that has been under the instruction of Mr. West would probably choose to focus on the man because   

his contribution to the lives of people went far beyond the football field, basketball court or baseball diamond if they were tasked with writing a tribute.

As Bro. Mark Kunkel, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Terral, said numerous times while conducting the service, everyone was mostly there to honor the man Mr. West and not Coach West.

However, well over half the crowd identified themselves at one point in the service as having been coached by Coach West.

And certainly his coaching ability is not to be overlooked, but each person who has come under the influence of Mr. West would probably be quick to agree with Bro. Kunkel and this writer that his greatest achievements were what he poured into our lives.

You see the goal of Mr. West was not really to produce great athletes – although that did happen. His goal was to prepare high school students for life.

And, for the most part he was a master at teaching life lessons.

Mr. West was tough. He was a disciplinarian. However, he correctly knew that making life a bit difficult in the athletic arena would serve each person well when they began to tackle life as a young adult.

And, some of those lessons not only served us well as young adults, but throughout our life time.

As was noted in the funeral service, Mr. West cared deeply for people. He endeared himself to most every athlete he ever coached and those he taught.

The compassion Mr. West had for people carried over to his retirement years as he served people through his church and was frequently present when a need had to be met in the community.

Everything Mr. West did was with great passion – his family, ranching, teaching and coaching.

Mr. West’s accomplishments in the coaching profession should not go without mention. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. Most everyone knows he coached the 1965 Cowgirl squad that won the Class B state championship – the only state title in school history. He coached the Cowgirls for a total of 13 seasons.

He coached the Cowboy basketball team for 15 seasons and took the 1962 squad to the state tournament – one of only two boys’ teams to advance into the state tournament.

Mr. West’s contributions to the football program are more notable than most people might think. He coached football on three different occasions – in 1958, 1962-1963 and 1977-1980. The 1962 squad just missed out on a district title and finished 8-2 which tied the 1929 football team for the second most wins in a season up to that time.

 It is likely that one of the key decisions made by Mr. West while serving as principal and head football coach at Ryan was moving from 11-man football to eight-man football following the 1977 season. The decision probably saved the football program and he coached the Cowboys to the playoffs in the first year of eight-man football.

Mr. West also coached baseball in the early years at Ryan.

In the four sports coached by Mr. West, he led squads to 14 conference championships, three county championships, seven bi-county championships, 10 district titles, three regional crowns and one state championship.

No tribute, however, would be complete without personal stories because Mr. West had a profound impact on my life.

Late during my eighth-grade year and Mr. West’s first year back at Ryan after having coached at Burkburnett, Texas and Duncan, he noticed right away that my athletic genes were just about non-existent.

Mr. West came to me and asked me if I would be interested in being the student trainer, which I did after football season that year. He sent me that following summer by bus to Baylor University to attend the National Athletic Trainers Association annual convention.

I was definitely way out of my league (can you imagine a kid who just completed eighth grade going on a trip like that alone?), but I learned a few things and spent the rest of my high school days helping with all sports. Mr. West saw potential in me that I did not see in myself and giving me that responsibility helped me stay connected to sports.

As you can imagine we spent a lot of time together during basketball practices. During that time I learned a lot about basketball, but did not fail to pick up one or two life lessons along the way.

One of those came one afternoon after Ryan had suffered a loss in a game that was not well-officiated. And, as I have a tendency to do even today, I was griping about how poorly the officials called the game the night before.

I suppose Mr. West had heard enough and he looked at me and said, “You worry about the things you have control over. We have no control over the officiating.”

That little tidbit has remained with me through the years and has been invaluable in my life’s journey.

In the years following whenever I would make my way to Ryan I would try to make sure I came in contact with Mr. West.

A side note – most anyone coached by Mr. West were all afraid to ever call him anything but Mr. West or Coach West. It was always difficult to address him as “Raymon.” But, that is the kind of respect he commanded and deserved.

Many others and in particular his family could share similar stories about how Mr. West impacted their lives. I am just fortunate I had the opportunity to be the one to write this article.

I believe it is pretty easy to come to one conclusion – there will never be another Raymon West.

Waurika Softball Seniors Honored at final home game of season

(l-r) Destiny Barnes, Madison Roberson, Madison Christian, and Olivia Ralls Photo by Tonya Forsyth

 by Katelyn Washburn and EagleTalk staff  

WHS Senior softball players played their last home game Tuesday, September 11 against the Ryan Cowgirls.  While the game ended in a loss for the Lady Eagles, the team still celebrated by recognizing its four senior players:  Destiny Barnes, Madison Christian, Olivia Ralls, and Madison Roberson.

Barnes has played softball for WHS since she was a freshman, and has mixed emotions about the season coming to an end. “I am happy it is our last home game and upset we lost.  I’m kind of sad that it is over.”  Christian agreed, stating “I’m happy that it was the last home game, but sad we lost, and [the season] is almost over. The game didn’t go as well as we wanted.”

As is true with most events during a senior year, senior Lady Eagles girls had mixed emotions about the season wrapping up.  Olivia Ralls was also happy that it was their last home game, but added, “I’m sad knowing that I will never be able to play again.”

Madison Roberson summed it up best, saying, “It was sad, but a good night. We may have lost, but we all were in high spirits and that’s really all that matters to me in softball.”

Head softball coach Sloan Roberson spoke fondly of the four Lady Eagles who will be leaving WHS after this school year.  “Our last home game was awesome,” Coach Roberson stated.  “We honored four seniors for their hard work and dedication during their years of softball.”  

Two of the seniors, Madison Roberson and Destiny Barnes, were career Lady Eagles.  “Madison Roberson was a 4 year starter for the Lady Eagles and a huge asset to the team.  She held pitcher, catcher 3rd base, 2nd base and short stop duties throughout her career.   She also had the one of the highest batting averages on the team for each of the four years.

Destiny Barnes was also a 4 year starter for the Lady Eagles.  She was a huge asset on the mound. She was penned the name ‘Hoover’ for her amazing skills at 3rds base as well,” Coach Roberson stated. 

Roberson also spoke well of the two seniors who came to WHS in the middle of their high school softball careers.  

“Madison Christian played for the Lady Eagles for 3 years.  She was always there to root for her teammates and did anything and played any position she was asked.  She was an amazing center fielder and was always there with a positive attitude.

“Olivia Ralls was a 2 year Lady Eagle softball player.  She came to us from Texas and was always willing to give 110% every time she stepped on the field.  We will miss her enthusiasm and team spirit”

Cowgirl Softballers Drop Contest to Big Pasture


After a two-week layoff because of inclement weather, the Ryan Cowgirls’ fast-pitch softball squad was back in action Monday.

 No doubt the layoff had an impact on the Cowgirls as they fell to Big Pasture, 12-0, to drop to 4-11 on the year.

The Cowgirls were to have met Waurika Tuesday night.

In Monday’s game with 12th-ranked Big Pasture, the Cowgirls could simply not get anything going at the plate. A leadoff walk in the first inning by Samantha Good was the only base runner for the Cowgirls in the contest.

Big Pasture had a two-run home run in the first inning and added four runs in the second with four hits and two walks.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Lady Rangers produced another run in the third inning and ended the game in the fourth inning by scoring five runs to provide the final margin.

The next action for Ryan will be this weekend when the Cowgirls compete in the Comanche Invitational Tournament.

It will be the second straight year the Cowgirls have competed in the Comanche tournament and this will be the 13th appearance overall for the Cowgirls in one of the larger tournaments in this part of the state.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Cowgirls through that time have won only six games of the 28 contests where results are available.

The Comanche Tournament will be the last tourney action before the Cowgirls compete in the Class B District Tournament at Thackerville on September 20.

The final regular season games will be Monday and Tuesday when Ryan will play host to Temple and then travel to Springer.

The contest with Temple will be Senior Night for the Cowgirl softball squad.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Cowgirls, 4-11 on the year not including Tuesday’s action, got somewhat of a favorable pairing for this year’s tournament.

The three teams assigned to the district are the hosts, Turner and the Cowgirls. None of the three times boasts of a winning record as of results through last Monday.

The Cowgirls are 0-1 against Thackerville which has a 7-8 record 2018 and have not played Turner, which has a 6-11 ledger.

Lady Eagle Softball Squad Drops Encounter with Wilson


Weather has played a huge role in Waurika’s fast-pitch softball schedule as the Lady Eagles had not seen action since August 28 until last Monday.

The Lady Eagles fell to Wilson, 20-9, at the Waurika diamond.

Waurika was to have hosted Ryan last Tuesday afternoon, but results were not available in time for this edition of the Waurika News-Journal/The Ryan Leader.

Waurika had games rained out at Empire and last Thursday with Geronimo before last Monday’s game with Wilson.

In the contest with Wilson, Waurika got off to a great start retiring Wilson in order in the top of the first and then erupting for five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Gracie Walling singled to start the Waurika uprising. Destiny Barnes, Madison Roberson and Kaci Reynolds were all hit by a pitch and Walling scored when Reynolds reached base.

Landry Forsyth followed with a two-run double giving Waurika a 4-0 lead. Forsyth scored the final run in the inning when Faith Roberson was hit by a pitch.

Waurika sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning that included four hit batsmen, three walks and two hits to give Waurika a 5-0 lead.

Wilson rallied for four runs in the top of the second before Waurika answered with a pair of scores in the bottom of the second inning without the benefit of a base hit.

Barnes and M. Roberson walked and both scored after walks to Hope Cummings and Alayna Stallcup to put Waurika in front, 7-4.

Wilson again struck for two runs in the top of the third to narrow the gap to 7-6, but Waurika got one run in the bottom of the inning.

Barnes drew another walk – one of three in the game – and moved to second on M. Roberson’s walk. A pair of stolen bases by Barnes – including the steal of home – helped Waurika extend the margin to 8-6.

Wilson picked up a single tally in the top of the fourth to narrow the margin to 8-7 and took the lead in the top of the fifth by scoring five runs to give the Carter County Eagles a 12-8 lead.

Waurika rallied for a single run in the bottom of the fifth. Barnes reached on her third walk of the game and stole second, third and home base to give Waurika the run and allow the hosts to come within three runs at 12-9.

However, Wilson sealed the win with a run in the top of the sixth and seven runs in the top of the seventh. Six of the seven runs were scored after two were out and Wilson had secured the win.

Waurika’s Forsyth finished 1-for-2 with two runs batted in with a two-run double.

Waurika stole 13 bases in the contest, but gave up 23 hits to the visitors to suffer the loss.

Waurika received their assignment for the Class A District Tournament last week and it will be a tough road for the Lady Eagles.

Waurika will travel to Ringling and will also have Wilson in the district.

Ringling has a 9-5 mark not including action this past Monday and Tuesday, while Wilson stands at 10-9 after handing Waurika a loss on Monday.

The Lady Eagles are 2-13 on the year.


Wilson and Ringling will both compete this weekend in the Comanche Tournament

Waurika will take a break over the weekend, but travels to Bray-Doyle on Monday to battle the host Lady Donkeys and Ninnekah.

The final regular season game for the Lady Eagles will be Tuesday at Temple.

Eagles Post Second Straight Shutout for 2-0 Start

Photo by Adam Brinson

It has not happened often, but for the second straight week to open the season the Waurika Eagles’ flexed their defensive muscle in shutting out their opponent.

The Eagles rolled to a 52-0 victory over Grandfield last Friday night at Cy Sloan Stadium.

Waurika has opened the season by shutting out the two opponents and that has not happened since the 1975 season and it has only happened eight other times since Waurika began playing football in 1919.

The defense will likely get a much tougher test Friday night when the Eagles travel to Carnegie to battle the Wildcats.

Carnegie did not play last week and comes into the contest with a 1-1 mark with a loss to Seiling and win over Mountain View-Gotebo.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

In last Friday’s contest, the Eagles got off to a slow start with only a single score in the first quarter.

Kevin Garcia busted loose for a 30-yard scoring run and Waurika was up 6-0 with 4:03 to play and that is how the score stayed for the remainder of the first quarter.

The Eagles got things going, however, in the second quarter as they exploded for 46 points in route to ending the game at the half because of the 45-point mercy rule.

Turner Mora opened the scoring in the second quarter for the Eagles with a six-yard rushing touchdown. Mora added the two-point conversion giving Waurika a 14-0 advantage just 31 seconds into the second quarter.

Colton Bryant became the third Eagle to score as he scampered 20 yards for a score. The two-point conversion run failed leaving Waurika with a 20-0 advantage with 9:22 to play in the first half.

The Eagles took to the air for the next score with Hunter Wesberry catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Mora. Bryant ran for the two points and Waurika had opened a 28-0 lead with 8:32 left before intermission.

Mora got his second rushing touchdown of the night for the next Waurika score. Mora covered 13 yards for the score and Wesberry converted the two-point conversion and Waurika was pulling away at 38-0 with 6:04 left in the half.

The next score came on the defensive side of the ball as Bryant picked off the Grandfield quarterback on the ensuing drive after the Eagle score and raced 30 yards for the touchdown. Bryant ran for the two points to put Waurika on top, 44-0.

The final score came just 29 seconds before the half as Bryant galloped 78 yards for the touchdown. Matt Arriola ran for the two points to fashion the final margin.

Thanks to that big run, Bryant ended the night with 102 yards rushing on only four carries.

Mora was effective in the passing game with five completions in six attempts and 143 yards. Garcia caught two passes for 85 yards and Bryant added two catches for 30 yards. Wesberry had the other catch for a touchdown.

The Waurika defense held Grandfield to only 88 total yards on the night.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: This was the 40th meeting between the two schools with the first meeting coming in 1922…Waurika’s win over Grandfield narrowed the series margin to 18-19-3…The 52 points scored by the Eagles equals last year’s total in a 52-6 victory over the Bearcats….The 52 points is the most ever scored in a game against Grandfield….The 52-point margin of victory for Waurika is the largest ever against the Bearcats and is also the largest margin of victory by either team in the 40 meetings between the two schools…The previous largest margin of victory against Grandfield was 47 points in a 47-0 victory in 1939…Waurika is 2-0 for only the third time since beginning eight-man play in 2012….The back-to-back wins over Grandfield had not been accomplished by Waurika since the 1968 and 1969 seasons…The Eagles and Grandfield have only played each other five times since the 60’s….The back-to-back shutouts posted by Waurika is not a frequent thing – it has only happened twice since Waurika began eight-man football in 2012…Back-to-back shutouts at any point during the season has only happened 27 other times in school history….The most consecutive shutouts in a single season by Waurika came in 1933 when the Eagles recorded eight straight shutouts on the way to an 8-0-2 record.

 Game in Figures

                                GHS         WHS

First Downs             6              7

Yards Rushing         25-31       16-195

Yards Passing          57            143

Passes                      3-9           5-6

Passes Int. By          0              1

Fumbles Lost          0              1

Punts                      N/A          1-36

Penalties                 5-25         7-47

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Grandfield      0              0              x              x–0

Waurika         6              46            x              x–52

WAURIKA – Kevin Garcia 30 run (run failed)

WAURIKA – Turner Mora 6 run (Mora run)

WAURIKA – Colton Bryant 20 run (run failed)

WAURIKA – Hunter Wesberry 27 pass from Mora (Bryant run)

WAURIKA – Mora 13 run (Wesberry run)

WAURIKA – Bryant 30 interception return (Bryant run)

WAURIKA – Bryant 78 run (Matt Arriola run)

Cowboys Shake Off Slow Start to Cruise to 46-0 Victory


It was not the kind of start you would expect against a team that is struggling to keep its football program alive.

 Ryan held only an 8-0 lead over Temple, but exploded for 38 points in the second quarter and rolled to a 46-0 victory over the Tigers at Howell Field in Temple last Friday night.

The game ended at the half because of the 45-point mercy rule.

Temple, which has now lost 17 straight games over three seasons, had only 10 players suited up for the contest with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys return to Bob Givens Sports Complex Friday night for a 7:30 contest with Maysville.

 The Warriors did not play last week and will come to Ryan with a 0-2 mark for 2018 having lost to Bray-Doyle and Paoli.

 It will be Ryan’s homecoming game and the crowning of the homecoming queen will take place at 7 p.m.

Also, the school will be honoring the 1988 state runner up football team during halftime ceremonies.

No doubt the weather played a role in the slow beginning for the Cowboys as rain fell during much of the game and the field was a quagmire from rain that had fallen earlier in the week.

The determined Tigers might have gotten the Cowboys’ attention as they took the ball on an early drive and advanced methodically down the field to the Ryan 12.

Ryan’s defense stiffened, however, and took the ball over on downs to avoid the Tiger threat.

The Cowboys’ Grayson Tomberlin finally got the Cowboys on the board in the first quarter with a five-yard scoring jaunt. Skyler Parkhill added the two-point conversion and the Cowboys were in front, 8-0, with 4:54 left in the first quarter.

The Cowboys got things rolling in the second quarter and the scoring came fast and furious as the Cowboys scored three touchdowns in less than three minutes.

Parkhill got the first one on a one-yard run. Andrew Villerreal caught the two-point conversion pass to put Ryan in front, 16-0, with 11:08 to play.

At the 9:52 mark, Tomberlin added a 20-yard scoring run and after the two-point conversion pass fell incomplete Ryan was in front, 22-0, with 9:52 left in the half.

The Cowboys found paydirt again just 90 seconds later as Parkhill scored from nine yards out. Kalen Weldon caught the two-point conversion from Tomberlin and Ryan was in front 30-0 with 8:22 remaining in the half.

Ryan ended the game with a pair of scores in the final four minutes.

Parkhill caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tomberlin and the sophomore quarterback ran for the two-point conversion to move the Cowboys in front, 38-0, with 4:20 left in the half.

With just two seconds showing on the clock, Parkhill got his fourth score of the night on a 25-yard pass from Tomberlin. Parkhill caught the two-point conversion pass from Tomberlin setting the final margin.

Tomberlin finished the game with 93 yards rushing on just eight attempts. He was also seven of 12 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Villerreal was on the receiving end of three of the Tomberlin passes for 68 yards and Parkhill caught two for 55 yards and two scores. Kalen Weldon had the other two catches for 25 yards.

Defensively, Villerreal had his best game with eight stops and a fumble recovery. Gunner Phillips got his first interception of the year.

COWBOY CORRAL: The victory over Temple still leaves Ryan trailing in the long series with the Tigers, 49-31-5…The Cowboys have won three in a row over Temple for only the second time in this series….The longest winning streak for Ryan over Temple is four wins from 1990 to 1993….When Ryan was dominating eight-man football in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Temple was putting out good squads, too, including a state title team in 1989…The shut out recorded by the Cowboys in this game marks the second straight year Ryan has held the Tigers scoreless…You have to go back to the 20’s to find a time when Ryan was able to do that against Temple…In 1928 and 1929, Temple was held scoreless in back-to-back years and it included a 6-0 win and a 0-0 tie….The only other time this has happened was in 1922 and 1923 when Ryan recorded a 25-0 win and a 20-0 victory….Tomberlin is averaging just over 100 yards a game rushing as his 93 yards against the Tigers pushed him to 305 yards on the ground after three games…Tomberlin also has 372 yards passing in three games for 677 total yards of offense in three games…The two touchdown passes caught by Parkhill is the second most in a game in school history…The record of three TD receptions is held by three players – Ronnie Williams in 1971, Aaron Johnson in 1998 and Isaiah Wilson in 2009…The 46 points scored by the Cowboys is ninth highest total against Temple in the series.

 Game In Figures

                                RHS         THS

First Downs             12            7

Yards Rushing         15-145     21-70

Yards Passing         148          15

Passes                     7-12         1-5

Passes Int. By          1              0

Fumbles Lost           1-1           2-0

Punts                       0-0           0-0

Penalties                  3-20         7-55

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Ryan        8              38            x              x-46

Temple    0              0              x              x–0

                FIRST QUARTER

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 5 run (Skyler Parkhill run), 4:54

                SECOND QUARTER

RYAN – Parkhill 1 run (Andrew Villerreal pass from Tomberlin), 11:08

RYAN – Tomberlin 20 run (pass failed), 9:52

RYAN – Parkhill 9 run (Kalen Weldon pass from Tomberlin), 8:22

RYAN – Parkhill 30 pass from Tomberlin (Tomberlin run), 4:20

RYAN – Parkhill 25 pass from Tomberlin (Parkhill pass from Tomberlin), :03


RYAN – Rushing: Grayson Tomberlin 8-93, Skyler Parkhill 6-38, Gunner Phillips 1-14; Passing: Tomberlin 7-12-0-148; Receiving: Andrew Villerreal 3-68, Parkhill 2-55, Kalen Weldon 2-25; Tackles: Villerreal 8, Parkhill 7, Tomberlin 6, Walter Snider 5, Justin Williams 4, Sam Brown 4, Pacen Wiest 4, Trey Bryant 2, Weldon 1.

Trey Smart Wins Best Sports Article Award from Oklahoma Press Association


Congratulations to our own Trey Smart!

This past summer he earned First Place with his sports story titled “West brothers have great impact on Jefferson County.” 

His story was submitted for the annual Oklahoma Press Association’s contests.

Trey has been writing for the Ryan Leader and now the Waurika News Journal & The Ryan Leader for many years and always brings a passion and love for the world of sports that is very apparent in his stories. 

He has literally written the book on sports in Ryan.

The history of Ryan Sports by Trey Smart

It’s an honor to have him writing for the paper and we look forward to many more years of his inspiring stories. 

Jefferson County Says Goodbye to a Coaching Legend


A man who has not only secured his place in local sports history, but has also secured a place in the hearts and lives of those who knew him and played for him passed away Sunday.

Raymon West will be remembered for his impact on the world of sports in Jefferson County.

He will be remembered for his contribution as the principal at Ryan High School.

He will remembered for championships.

He will be remembered as a great husband and father.

He will be remembered for being a great man.

Next week, Trey Smart will be writing a proper memorial to this coaching legend. 

Until then, we just want to say that you will be missed Coach West.

Thank you for the memories and your contributions to our lives. 

Cowboys Set to Battle Snyder for Season Opener


The 99th season of high school football at Ryan is slated to begin tomorrow night (Friday) when the Snyder Cyclones invade the Bob Givens Sports Complex.

 Kickoff for the season opener for both teams is set for 7:30 p.m.

 This will be the earliest season opener in school history as the contest is part of Zero Week in high school football in Oklahoma.

 Teams can elect to start the season one week early and forego a second scrimmage date. The advantage is teams that play during Zero Week will have a week off during the regular season.

 Snyder ended the Cowboys’ season a year ago at Ryan as the Cyclones took advantage of numerous Ryan turnovers to post a 38-8 victory.

It was the first year returning to the playoffs for Ryan after a two-year absence and the Cowboys of first-year head coach Tony Tomberlin are looking to improve on last season’s 6-5 record.

Tomberlin will be taking over for long-time head coach Stan Mueggenborg after serving as an assistant for the veteran coach the past 12 years.

The outlook for the Cowboys for 2018 is guarded. The coaching staff faces the tall task of replacing six of eight starters on the defensive side of the ball.

 However, quarterback Grayson Tomberlin returns for his sophomore campaign after starting all 11 games a year ago as a freshman.

Joining Tomberlin, last season’s district newcomer of the year, in the backfield will be talented senior and all-district running back Skyler Parkhill.

Both players will give Ryan a solid nucleus from which to build on offense.

Tomberlin finished last season with 638 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. He also threw for 731 yards on 44 completions and 12 touchdown passes.

Parkhill was the second leading rusher last season with 620 yards on 93 carries and five rushing touchdowns.

The Cowboys will feature a freshman in the backfield with Caleb Ferrin expected to start at the other running back position.

Kalen Weldon will return at one end for the Cowboys and Andrew Villerreal will move from the backfield to the other end position.

Two seniors, Sam Brown and Justin Williams, along with sophomore Trey Bryant will be counted on to try to open up running lanes for the backs and give Tomberlin time to find receivers.

The Cowboys will feature a bit more wide-open attack with more spread offense and implementing the pistol formation.

 Defensively, things are a bit unsettled. Not only will there be six new starters, but coming out of last week’s scrimmage, there are still some battles going on for starting positions.

Pacen Wiest and Bryant are battling for a starting role at nose guard and the defensive end positions are still up for grabs in the 3-2 defense.

The defense will need to mature quickly as Snyder, the Cowboys’ first opponent, will bring a potent offensive attack that will feature one of the state’s top sprinters in Trevor Evans. He was the state champion in Class A in the 400 meters and the runner up in the 100 meters last spring.

“I would say at this point the offense is a step ahead of the defense,” Tomberlin noted heading into this week’s final few days of practice.

“On defense we are still trying to figure some things out,” Tomberlin said.

Tomberlin was not particularly pleased with the Cowboys’ scrimmage with Maud last week.

 “We have a lot of improving to do, but we will watch film and we will get better,” said Tomberlin.

 “We are looking forward to some things and we are trying to get some excitement back in the program. The kids’ attitudes are good and we are lifting every day and they are getting stronger,” Tomberlin added.

Snyder will provide a tough challenge for the Cowboys’ season opener. The Cyclones are picked fourth District B-3, but ahead of them are Carnegie, Alex and Cyril – all top 15 teams in the preseason.

 Tomberlin will be assisted by first-year coach Austin Masoner.


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