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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Cowboys, Eagles Set To Renew Old Rivalry Tonight at Ryan

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A lot of things have changed in high school football since the first meeting between Ryan and Waurika 100 years ago.

The two schools are set to meet tonight for the 62nd time since that first meeting in 1919.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Bob Givens Sports Complex in Ryan and a large crowd is expected.

Waurika has had an impressive season so far as the Eagles have carved out a 5-1 record that includes a forfeit from Temple.

Ryan has struggled through the first half of the season, but has managed to put together a 3-3 record that also includes a forfeit from Temple.

The Eagles are coming off a big 62-34 win over Wilson to open district play last Friday night, while Ryan suffered a 58-8 setback to Empire in its district opener last Friday night.

Waurika has dominated this rivalry through the years as the Eagles hold a 41-17-3 record in meetings against the Cowboys.

Ryan won the first of two meetings in 1919, 23-0, before Waurika came back to edge the Cowboys in the second meeting, 29-27.

It was the first year the two schools competed in football on the high school level and oddly enough the two teams did not meet again until 1927 when Ryan scored a 37-0 victory over the Eagles.

It is not known why the two schools, located only 10 miles apart, did not play between 1920 and 1926.

Changes in the sport have certainly occurred since those initial meetings 100 years ago.

One big change was the introduction of the T-formation with a quarterback under center. While the two schools employ a shotgun formation most of the time today, it was unheard of for the quarterback to be under the center to take the snap.

Conversion tries after touchdowns in those early days with worth only one point no matter if the try was kicked or it was a run or pass.

Equipment has greatly improved especially with the protection for the head. In the game 100 years ago the helmets were leather and were without any kind of facemask.

Today helmets have been upgraded to hopefully prevent concussions and have plenty of padding and a face mask.

High school football today features bigger and faster athletes, while the players 100 years ago were mostly tall and lanky.

But one thing has not changed through the 100 years of football – Ryan and Waurika love to beat each other.

And while the wins have been few and far between for the Cowboys overall, Waurika holds only a 4-3 advantage in meetings since Waurika dropped to eight-man football a few years ago.

The series took a long break between 1978 and 2011 with only two meetings during those years as a rare two-game series was played with Ryan competing in eight-man football and Waurika still playing 11-man football.

The Eagles won 14 of the final 15 meetings between the two schools when the Cowboys still played 11-man football. The only win during that time came in 1974 with the Cowboys scoring a 28-0 victory over the Eagles.

In last year’s contest, Waurika totally dominated the game taking advantage of six Ryan turnovers to earn a 58-0 victory over the Cowboys in a game that ended at halftime.

The Eagles will come into the game as a heavy favorite as the Cowboys are scrambling to find the right combinations to help develop an effective offense.

But, as with most meetings between the two schools over the past 100 years, it should be a hard-fought contest and one fans should not miss.

Here’s a look at the results of the long-running series:

1919: Ryan 23, Waurika 0

1919: Waurika 29, Ryan 27

1927: Ryan 37, Waurika 0

1928: Waurika 14, Ryan 6

1929: Ryan 20, Waurika 0

1930: Waurika 27, Ryan 0

1931: Waurika 7, Ryan 0

1932: Waurika 7, Ryan 0

1933: Waurika 13, Ryan 0

1934: Waurika 18, Ryan 0

1935: Waurika 32, Ryan 20

1936: Waurika 14, Ryan 0

1937: Ryan 6, Waurika 6

1938: Waurika 12, Ryan 6

1939: Waurika 27, Ryan 0

1940: Waurika 6, Ryan 0

1941: Ryan 19, Waurika 0

1942: Ryan 0, Waurika 0

1943: Ryan 0, Waurika 0

1944: Waurika 38, Ryan 7

1945: Ryan 13, Waurika 0

1945: Waurika 19, Ryan 6

1946: Ryan 15, Waurika 14

1947: Waurika 14, Ryan 6

1948: Waurika 38, Ryan 13

1949: Waurika 32, Ryan 0

1950: Waurika 60, Ryan 0

1953: Waurika 41, Ryan 14

1954: Waurika 7, Ryan 6

1955: Ryan 19, Waurika 12

1956: Ryan 19, Waurika 6

1957: Ryan 33, Waurika 12

1958: Ryan 18, Waurika 14

1959: Waurika 20, Ryan 0

1960: Waurika 12, Ryan 8

1961: Ryan 8, Waurika 6

1962: Ryan 33, Waurika 18

1963: Waurika 40, Ryan 8

1964: Waurika 58, Ryan 6

1965: Waurika 2, Ryan 0 (forfeit)

1966: Waurika 35, Ryan 14

1967: Waurika 46, Ryan 0

1968: Waurika 22, Ryan 6

1969: Waurika 38, Ryan 0

1970: Waurika 34, Ryan 8

1971: Waurika 64, Ryan 0

1972: Waurika 50, Ryan 0

1973: Waurika 28, Ryan 6

1974: Ryan 28, Waurika 0

1975: Waurika 13, Ryan 8

1976: Waurika 21, Ryan 0

1977: Waurika 33, Ryan 0

1990: Ryan 27, Waurika 6

1991: Waurika 27, Ryan 20

2012: Ryan 36, Waurika 16

2013: Ryan 44, Waurika 26

2014: Waurika 29, Ryan 24

2015: Waurika 34, Ryan 22

2016: Waurika 46, Ryan 0

2017: Ryan 44, Waurika 36 (2OT)

2018: Waurika 58, Ryan 0

Ryan Softball Seniors Recognized at Game

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Ryan’s Senior softball players were honored for their efforts and careers.

ASST. COACH Shelley Cain, Savannah Faith, Samantha Good, Madisen Rhoades, Brooklyn Charmasson, 
and COACH Stan Mueggenborg.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Cowgirls’ Tough Season Comes to an End at District Tourney

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 Competing in fast-pitch softball without an experienced pitcher usually is not a good situation.

The 2019 Ryan Cowgirl fast-pitch softball team experience that first hand during the recently completed season that saw the Cowgirls go winless in 19 games.

Without an experienced pitcher on the squad, coach Stan Mueggenborg looked to senior Samantha Good who had been a three-year starter at shortstop.

And, despite great effort throughout the season, according to Mueggenborg, Good could not carry the Cowgirls to one victory during the season.

Last Thursday the difficult campaign ended with two losses in the Class B District Tournament that was hosted by Big Pasture.

The Cowgirls lost the first game to Temple, 13-0, and then fell to Big Pasture, 18-4.

The game with Temple was close for three innings. Temple held a 2-0 lead after three innings, but the Lady Tigers exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to blow the game wide open.

Kodi Duke and Savannah Lashley had the only two hits for the Cowgirls in the contest.

The second game was much different as the Lady Rangers took a 3-0 lead after one inning and then blew the game open with 10 runs in the second inning to hold a 13-0 advantage.

Big Pasture added to the lead in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs to increase the margin to 15-0.

In the top of the fourth the Cowgirls put together a three-run uprising sparked by Good’s two-run home run. Lindsey Reake scored the other run for the Cowgirls on Katelyn Dabbs’ hit and the Cowgirls trailed 15-3.

The Rangers scored three more runs in bottom of the fourth that put the lead at 18-3.

In the top of the fifth the Cowgirls scored another run as Brooklyn Charmasson singled and later came around to score but it was not enough to end the game on the run-rule.

COWGIRL DIAMOND NOTES: The 19 losses in 2019 is the most losses in a season since the program started in 2000….There are nine years in which no final win-loss records are available….The Cowgirls have now lost six straight games in district tournament play….In 20 seasons the Cowgirls are 10-35 in district tourney games…This was the first year for the Cowgirls to play in a district tournament hosted by Big Pasture…Ryan is 2-9 in district tournament meetings with Temple…Ryan and Big Pasture have met only twice in district tournament play with each team winning one game…The 18 runs scored by Big Pasture was the third most allowed by the Cowgirls in 2019….Temple had upset Big Pasture, 3-2, in the first game of the tournament, but the Lady Rangers came back to win two straight over Temple and claim the district title….Big Pasture is ranked 16th heading into regional play.

Waurika To Host Southern Eight Fast-Pitch All-Star Game

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 Waurika High School will play host to the Southern Eight Conference’s fast-pitch softball all-star game on Monday.

The first pitch at the Waurika diamond is slated for 6 p.m.

The game will feature players from the member schools including Waurika, Ryan, Grandfield, Big Pasture, Geronimo, Frederick and Temple.

Waurika’s Everett Hodges will coach one of the teams in the all-star game, while Ryan’s Stan Mueggenborg will coach the other squad.

The all-conference squad has also been announced by the conference.

Waurika has three first team selections.

Hope Cummings, Liberti Simmons and Landry Forsyth represent the Lady Eagles on the all-conference squad.

Gracie Walling and Riley Howell earned honorable mention honors.

The Cowgirls had two all-conference selections. Samantha Good and Brooklyn Charmasson were selected to the all-conference squad.

Named as honorable mention selections for the Cowgirls were Madison Rhoades and Lindsey Reake.

Lady Eagles See Improvement as 2019 Season Closes

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 First-year head coach Everett Hodges had hoped to see some marked improvement in the Waurika fast-pitch softball program during the 2019 season.

And while the season ended with a less than sterling record at 5-16, the Lady Eagles showed great progress in trying to build the fast-pitch program.

The Lady Eagles were competitive in many more games than in the past couple of seasons and with the entire squad slated to return for the 2020 season, there is much optimism for the program.

The 2019 season came to a close last Thursday in the Class A District Tournament at Ringling.

The Lady Eagles fell in the first round to Wilson, 10-6, and then came back to lose to Ringling, 16-6, in the second game.

In the game with Wilson, the Lady Eagles had plenty of chances but just could not get a key hit when it was needed.

Wilson struck for two runs in the top of the second, but the Lady Eagles answered with a single tally in the bottom half of the first. Liberti Simmons reached on an infield hit and advanced around the bases, helped by an error, to get the first run for the Lady Eagles.

In the top of the second, Wilson added four runs on just two hits as the Lady Eagles fell apart in the field during the uprising giving Wilson a 6-1 lead.

The score remained at 6-1 until the Lady Eagles struck for a run in the bottom of the third inning. Hope Cummings drew a lead-off walk and scored when Riley Howell reached on an error. Waurika eventually loaded the bases, but could not cut into the lead and the inning ended with Waurika trailing, 6-2.

In the top of the fourth, Wilson added another run on a double and an error.

Waurika answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but again a base running miscue and the inability to get a key hit stopped a rally. Gracie Walling reached on a walk and then scored on Landry Forsyth’s double to bring the deficit to 7-3.

Wilson continued to pad the lead as an infield hit, a hit batsman and a double produced two runs to up the lead for Wilson to 9-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Eagles got a leadoff double by Walling and she scored on a ground out by Faith Roberson. The Lady Eagles got a pair of walks, but could not cut into Wilson’s advantage,

In the top of the seventh Wilson picked up another run on two hits and an error.

With the Lady Eagles looking at a 10-5 deficit heading to their final at-bat, it was again the lack of ability to take full advantage of opportunities to score.

One-out singles by Kinzie Taylor and Simmons got the rally started. Walling’s infield hit loaded the bases and Simmons scored on a single by Forsyth after two were out. The game ended with the Lady Eagles leaving the bases loaded.

In the second game against the eventual district tourney champion Ringling, the Lady Blue Devils wasted no time in putting away the Lady Eagles.

Ringling struck for seven runs in the bottom of the first inning with 11 batters coming to the plate. Two errors, two walks, two singles and two doubles along with a passed ball and two stolen bases helped the Lady Blue Devils plate the seven runs.

The Lady Eagles answered in the top of the second inning with four runs of their own. A single by Alana Lewis was followed by a walk by Cassidie Berry and a two-out single by Simmons loaded the bases for the Lady Eagles.

Walling slammed a double to left field that cleared the bases and cut the lead to 7-3. Walling scored on Cummings’ double to leave the Lady Eagles trailing 7-4.

In the bottom of the third, Ringling struck for three more runs on a hit batsman, single, error and a two-run double that increased the Waurika deficit to 10-4.

In the top of the fourth the Lady Eagles scratched a pair of runs. Grace Hill reached on an error and Simmons walked. A two-out double by Cummings scored Hill and Simmons, but the rally ended with Waurika trailing 7-4.

In the bottom of the fourth the Lady Blue Devils ended the game with six runs. Four singles and one error contributed to the uprising that ended the game by the run rule.

Cowgirl Cross Country Squad Captures Team Title at North Rock Creek

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The Ryan Cowgirls conquered a talented field to win the North Rock Creek Cougar Invitational last Saturday morning.

The Cowgirls not only beat the field, but also beat the rain that came after the girls’ competition had been completed.

Ryan, who was ranked 12th in Class 2A heading into the meet, finished with 50 points, well ahead of Class 3A’s sixth-ranked squad, Christian Heritage that finished with 68 points. Konawa was third with 71 points and Prague, ranked 19th in Class 3A, finished fourth with 91 points.

After the impressive performance last Saturday, the Cowgirls moved to third in the Class 2A rankings. Christian Heritage also moved up to third in the Class 3A rankings. Konawa is now ranked sixth in Class 2A. Watonga and Hooker are the top two teams in Class 2A and have been all season.

All five Cowgirls that counted toward the team total earned a medal in the race that was run on a relatively new course.

And, the Cowgirls had to overcome the first and second place finishes by competitors from Christian Heritage.

Lilybet Harmon led the way for the Cowgirls as she finished fourth with a time of 13:43 over the two-mile course.

Juliet Spangler finished 11th among the nearly 90 competitors with a time of 15:16.

Lily York and Katelynn Dabbs finished the race in a near tie. York nosed out her teammate to finish 16th and Dabbs finished 17th. Both finished with as time of 14:31.

Alicen Williams rounded out the medal winners for the Cowgirls by finishing 22nd with a recorded time of 14:51.

Also competing for the Cowgirls were Whittany Spangler, who finished 38th with a time of 16:01 and Grace Stamper who recorded a time of 18:25 and finished 53rd in the crowded field of over 65 runners.

The Cowgirls will be in action again on October 1 when they will travel up the road to Waurika for a meet over the Waurika Golf Course.

Lady Eagles Drop Two Contests Heading Into District Play

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 Hoping to redeem what has been a disappointing season for the Waurika fast-pitch softball team, the Lady Eagles were to have begun play today in the Class A District Tournament at Ringling.

The first round game with Wilson was to have been played at noon today (Thursday). The loser was slated to face Ringling at 1:30 p.m. and the winner plays Ringling today at 3 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament will continue tonight and if only two teams remain, the championship game would be tonight if one of the teams has no losses.

An if necessary game is scheduled for Friday.

Last week the Lady Eagles dropped contests to Geronimo, 4-1, on Monday and to Velma-Alma, 12-5, last Thursday

The Lady Eagles scored in the top of the first against Geronimo as Gracie Walling singled. Hope Cummings also singled and Walling scored by stealing home to give Waurika a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Blue Jays picked up two runs in the bottom of the first as the first two runners reached on errors and eventually came around to score to give Geronimo a 2-1 advantage.

The game stayed at 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Three hits and two walks helped the Lady Blue Jays add two more runs to take a 4-1 advantage into the seventh inning.

In the top of the seventh, the Lady Eagles went down in order.

Five different players for Waurika had hits – Liberti Simmons, Faith Roberson, Walling, Cummings and Landry Forsyth.

Against Velma-Alma the Lady Eagles battled on nearly even terms with the Lady Comets until late in the game.

The Lady Comets got on the board first with a four-run uprising in the bottom of the first with the benefit of only two base hits.

The Lady Eagles answered in the top of the second with a pair of runs. Cummings singled and Forsyth singled and Cummings scored on a bases loaded walk by Grace Hill. Forsyth scored on an error and the Lady Eagles had trimmed the lead to 4-2.

V-A came back with a single run in the bottom of the second to increase the lead to 5-2.

Waurika narrowed the lead in the top of the third with a run after Walling reached on an error Forsyth got an RBI-single to put the deficit at 5-3.

The Lady Comets added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a run to put the score at 6-3.

In the top of the fifth, the Lady Eagles scored twice. Walling led off with a walk, Cummings singled and Forsyth singles to load the bases. Riley Howell was hit by a pitch to score Walling and Kinzie Taylor got an RBI-single to cut the Lady Comet lead to 6-5.

In the bottom of the fifth the Lady Comets scored three times taking advantage of two Lady Eagle errors, a walk and two doubles to extend the lead to 9-5.

Waurika could not cut into the deficit in the top of the sixth and V-A added three more runs in the bottom of the inning with a three singles and two Waurika errors.

The Lady Eagles could not score in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Forsyth was outstanding at the plate for the Lady Eagles going 3-for-4 with one run batted in. Cummings had two hits and scored two runs. Walling also scored a pair of runs for the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles had seven hits total, but nine Waurika errors hampered the squad’s ability to stay with the Lady Comets, who had 10 hits and had only two errors in the game.

Lady Eagle Harriers Have Strong Showing at Velma-Alma

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The eighth-ranked Waurika girls’ cross country squad turned in an impressive performance Tuesday afternoon at the annual Velma-Alma Invitational at the Wildhorse Golf Course.

Waurika finished fourth in the team race behind two Class 3A ranked teams and one ranked Class 4A squad.

Marlow won the meet with 61 points, while Blanchard was second with 120 and Purcell was third with 143 points. The Lady Eagles totaled 156 points – well ahead of the fifth-place team from Latta.

The junior high girls also had an outstanding meet as they earned third place with 124 points. Velma-Alma was the team champion with 29 points and Marlow was the runner up with 103 tallies.

The high school boys were short-handed and did not figure into the team race. The junior high boys also did not have enough participants to compete for the team title.

Three Lady Eagles earned medals in the high school division. Times were not available for today’s race.

Tallin Mora was the top competitor for the Lady Eagles with a 13th-place finish. Also earning medals were Liberti Simmons, who finished 21st and Lexie Streeter, who finished 22nd among the 92 competitors.

Also competing for the Lady Eagles were Faith Roberson (43rd), Hope Cummings (57th), Kacie Reynolds (73rd) and Savana Ritter (87th).

The best finisher for the high school boys was Gustavo Gomez who earned 38th place among the 96 competitors. Cache Arellano finished 46th and Nicolas Alvarado rounded out the Waurika participants with a 67th place finish.

The junior high girls had four medalists in the competition.

Kynlee Waters led the way for the junior high squad with a ninth-place finish. Among the other medal winners were Jaci Gholson (12th), Trish Julian (19th) and Skylar Garrett (29th).

Also competing were Caity Ramsey (55th), Sadie Smith (59th), Niesca Camarillo (62nd) and Tracy Ballard (77th). The junior high girls field featured 98 competitors.

Three junior high boys earned medals in the competition for the Eagles. Isaac Camarillo finished 18th and Aiden Jenkins was right behind with a 19th-place finish. Alex Gomez also won a medal with his 27th-place finish.

Malachi Dodson also competed for the Eagles and finished 72nd. There were 100 competitors in the junior high boys division.

Waurika also had three sixth graders compete in the meet and all three earned medals.

Dallie Young was 15th for the Lady Eagles, while Ryder Watkins and Jaxon Simmons were sixth and ninth, respectively, for the Eagles.

Waurika will next compete on its home course on Tuesday as they will play host to a number of Class 2A and Class 3A squads from this part of the state.

This will be an excellent chance for fans to see these teams run as they head toward the regional meet in the middle of October.

Rainy Friday Night at Maysville Unkind to Cowboys

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 The Ryan Cowboys spotted Maysville 38 straight points and could never recover in dropping a 54-6 verdict to the Warriors in a game that ended at the half.

The contest was delayed twice by lightening, but the Cowboys were never really in the game that was played in rainy and miserable conditions.

The two delays totaled about two hours in length.

The Cowboys will try to get back on track tomorrow night (Friday) as they will play host to the Caddo Bruins in a homecoming contest. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Bob Givens Sports Complex.

The Bruins will bring a 1-2 record to Ryan. Caddo lost its season-opener to Wilson, 58-16 and then fell to Dewar, 54-6. Last week the Bruins picked up their only win of the season with a 34-6 victory over Thackervile.

The game was barely underway when the first weather delay occurred and the Cowboys trailed only, 8-0.

Ryan Football Photo by Sheree Hanson

But when play resumed, the Warriors got another score before the end of the quarter to up the lead to 16-0.

Early in the second quarter the Warriors increased the lead to 24-0.

From that point in the game it became the Gunner Aprill show for the Warriors as the talented quarterback scored four straight times for the Warriors.

The Cowboys got on the board late in the second quarter after a second weather delay and sandwiched between Aprill’s four touchdowns. Grayson Tomberlin broke loose for a 55-yard run which cut the Maysville lead to 36-6.

Aprill got the third and fourth of his scores to close out the scoring for Maysville. His third TD of the night came on a two-yard run.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Warriors executed an onside kick and just one play later Aprill scooted 40 yards to seal the mercy-rule victory for the Warriors.

Tomberlin led the Cowboys in rushing with 70 yards on eight carries, but the Warriors held the Ryan offense in check most of the night.

Ryan Offense Photo by Sheree Hanson

Aprill finished the night with 125 yards on nine carries for the Warriors while Gunner Chambers added 101 yards on just six carries. The Warriors rolled up 322 yards on just 22 carries in the shortened contest.

Tomberlin led the defensive effort for the Cowboys with five tackles.

RYAN RAMBLINGS: Despite the loss the Cowboys hold a 4-3 lead in the series with Maysville….The 54 points scored by the Warriors is the most ever against the Cowboys….The combined total of 60 points by the two teams is the most in the seven-game series with the Warriors…Maysville is unranked in the Class C poll in The Daily Oklahoman, but is ranked sixth in the latest okprep.com poll…

 SCORE BY QUARTERS

Ryan         0                6                x                x—6

Maysville 16              36              x                x—52

FIRST QUARTER

MAYSVILLE –  Gunner Chambers 5 run (Aprill run)

    SECOND QUARTER

MAYSVILLE – Chambers 25 run (Ty Wilmot run)

MAYSVILLE – Aprill 4 run (run failed)

MAYSVILLE – Aprill 52 run (McCallister run)

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 55 run (run failed)

MAYSVILLE – Aprill 2 run (Wilmot run)

MAYSVILLE – Aprill 40 run (Wilmot run)

Eagles Dominate Carnegie in 52-0 Victory in Home Opener

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Many schools across the southern part of Oklahoma did not complete their scheduled game or canceled their game last Friday night.

However, Waurika was able to make quick work of the Carnegie Wildcats before the worst of the storms moved into the area last Friday night at Cy Sloan Stadium.

The Eagles rolled to a 52-0 victory over the Wildcats on Norman West Field in the contest that ended at the half because of the mercy rule.

Kevin Garcia carrying the ball. Bowden Forsyth #61 can be seen blocking.
Photo by Adam Brinson

Waurika is now set for a much anticipated bout with Snyder. The two teams were scheduled to play last season, but the game was canceled because of flooding concerns.

This year both teams are ranked in the top ten in Class B and it figures to be an excellent contest on the Cyclones’ home field Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

This will be the third meeting between in the two schools in eight-man play. Each team has won one game.

Turner Mora
Photo by Adam Brinson

Snyder is ranked seventh in The Daily Oklahoman Class B poll, while Waurika is sixth in the same poll. In the okpreps.com poll, Snyder holds down the fourth spot, while Waurika is ranked fifth.

The Cyclones come into the game at 3-0, while Waurika is 2-0. Snyder has defeated Waukomis, Fox and defending Class C state champion Tipton, 8-0, last week in a rain-shortened contest.

The Eagles have easily disposed of their two foes – Grandfield and Carnegie. Waurika’s season opener with Temple was canceled as the Tigers could not put together a team this season.

Waurika’s Defense
Photo By Adam Brinson

Last Friday, the Eagles scored in a variety of ways. They scored often. And, they scored quick.

On the opening kickoff of the game, Kevin Garcia fielded the ball at his own 15-yard line and sped 85 yards for the touchdown just 15 seconds into the game. Turner Mora added the two-point conversion and before many of the Eagle faithful were settled in their seats Waurika held an 8-0 lead.

Waurika’s next possession was capped by a 35-yard scoring run by Mora. Gabe Jenkins carried the ball on the successful two-point conversion giving the Eagles a 16-0 advantage with 8:09 left in the first quarter.

The Eagles scored again quickly as on the Wildcats’ next possession Waurika’s Payton Fletcher picked up a fumble and rambled 69 yards for a touchdown. Mora ran for the two points and Waurika was in front, 24-0.

Payton Fletcher scoring a touchdown after scooping up a fumble and running 89 yards for the end zone. Photo by Adam Brinson

With 2:06 remaining in the first quarter, Mora again found paydirt as the talented quarterback broke loose on a 33-yard scoring jaunt to give the Eagles a 30-0 lead.

But the Eagle were not done lighting up the scoreboard in the second quarter as Mora broke loose for another touchdown run – this time from 34 yards out with just a few seconds remaining in the first quarter.

With the 36-0 lead heading into the second quarter, it appeared likely this game would not see the third quarter.

The Eagles made sure of that with two scores in the middle of the second quarter.

The first one came on K. Garcia’s 19-yard run. Trent Arellano ran for the two point conversion giving Waurika a 44-0 lead with 7:36 left to play in the half.

Mora finished off the scoring with his fourth rushing touchdown – this time on a 78-yard run. Arellano added the two point conversion that put the Eagles comfortably in front, 52-0, with 4:24 left before the half.

Waurika Offense
Photo by Adam Brinson

The Eagles’ powerful ground game was in full force throughout the game. The Wildcats had no answer for Mora as he rushed for 246 yards on just 11 carries and scored four touchdowns and added a pair of two-point conversions.

The Eagles totaled 302 yards rushing on just 21 carries on the night.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: Waurika now leads the series with Carnegie, 4-0….The Eagles and Wildcats have met twice in eight-man contests….The shutout was the third in the four games for Waurika….You could not make this up – last year’s two games against Grandfield and Carnegie the Eagles scored 52 and 64 points respectively and this year that was reversed with the Eagles scoring 64 against Grandfield and 52 against Carnegie…This was the Eagles’ ninth shutout in 14 games over the past two seasons….The last time the Eagles came close to this kind of defensive dominance was the 1996 and 1997 seasons when the Eagles recorded eight shutouts over two complete seasons.

Game In Figures

                                    CHS           WHS

First Downs                    x                  8

Yards Rushing               x-x            21-302

Yards Passing                  x                  0

Passes                            x-x               0-2

Passes Int. By                  0                  0

Fumbles, Lost                3-3              1-0

Punts                              x-x              0-0

Penalties                        1-10            3-20

                  SCORE BY QUARTERS

Carnegie  0                0                x                x—0

Waurika   36              16              x              x—52

WAURIKA – Kevin Garcia 85 kickoff return (Turner Mora run), 11:45, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 35 run (Gabe Jenkins run), 8:56, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Payton Fletcher 69 fumble recovery return (Mora run), 8:09, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 33 run (run failed), 2:06, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 34 run (run failed), :07, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – K. Garcia 19 run (Trent Arellano run), 7:36, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Mora 78 run (Arellano run), 4:24, 2nd Quarter

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Turner Mora 11-246, Kevin Garcia 4-38, Trent Arellano 2-8, Octavio Gomez 1-5, Treyton Torrez 2-3, Gabe Jenkins 1-2; Passing: Mora 0-2-0-0.

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