By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
The post season has arrived for Oklahoma high school football teams, and three Panhandle area squads begin their quest for the gold ball tomorrow night.
Beaver and Forgan will play at home, while Turpin hits the road to No. 2 Cashion.
Cashion’s only loss was to Class 2A Watonga earlier in the season. The Wildcats ran the table in District A-2 and scored 482 points this season — 48 points per game.
“They’re a good ball club, they’re No. 2 in the state and there’s a good reason for that,” said Turpin head coach Mario Mendoza. “They’re balanced, run, throw, they do things well.”
The Cardinals gave Beaver all it could handle last week, trailing just 7-0 until Beaver scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes to win 21-0.
“Our head’s are up, we know we can play,” Mendoza said. “We’re just working on executing and capitalizing on people’s turnovers, we’ve got to.”
Turpin will have to play “the perfect game,” Mendoza said, in order to beat Cashion.
“Play error-free football, we’re going to have to,” Mendoza said. “We’re not going to change much. We are going to spread them out a little bit more.”
Cashion has a size advantage on the line, which makes technique even more important.
“We’re working on execution this week, no errors,” Mendoza said.
The winner of tomorrow night’s game will face the Ringling-Apache winner on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Corn Bible (7-3) @ Forgan (9-1)
After three weeks of trouncing District C-1’s bottom feeders Goodwell, Balko and Boise City to finish the regular season, the district champion and No. 3-ranked Forgan Bulldogs hit the playoff trail in their own backyard, taking on Corn Bible’s Crusaders tomorrow night.
Corn Bible — located in Washita County southwest of Weatherford, Okla. — has just 10 players after suffering through some injuries this year, and is the fourth place team out of District C-2. Their losses have all come to the top three teams in C-2 — Tipton, Ryan and Temple.
But still, Forgan head coach Doug Bowles isn’t taking the Crusaders lightly.
“They’ve got a pretty good little football team,” Bowles said. “They have big running backs.”
They’re not particularly fast, but at 220 and 205 pounds, the running backs are big.
“They’re just big strong kids,” Bowles said. “They have one end that they like to throw to quite a bit.”
Corn Bible’s other end is more athletic, and he also lines up at quarterback when the Crusaders go to the shotgun set. Every other time, the quarterback is a freshman who stands 5-foot-4.
“He hands the ball off and throws the ball decent,” Bowles said. “They run the option a little bit. He doesn’t like to keep it, he’ll pitch more often than not.”
Forgan will be at a bit of a disadvantage, as well. Two starters are ineligible for tomorrow night’s game.
“One of them was a corner and the other one was a center,” Bowles said. “We scooted Tyler McReynolds to center this week and we’re having to create a corner back for the other one.”
Bowles looks to put Rhett Radcliff on the faster of the two ends.
“Hopefully we can get by,” Bowles said. “It really hurts us on offense, too, because we lost a blocking end. It’s not a good time for that to happen.”
And the Bulldogs look to play a full game — something that’s been a problem as Forgan has mercy-ruled two of their last three opponents.
“We got younger kids a little experience in those other games,” Bowles said. “That’s one thing that concerned us was if we didn’t play full ballgames with the starters, in the playoffs when you have to play a full game, you don’t want to get out of shape.”
The winner of tomorrow night’s game will advance to face the winner of the Council Hill Midway vs. Helena Timberlake game.
Crescent (7-3) @ Beaver (9-1)
The Beaver Dusters are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006 when it lost to Velma-Alma in the second round. Now, the Dusters make their return to the post-season against the third place team out of District A-2, the Crescent Tigers.
“That’s probably a little misleading because they’re third behind two of the better teams in the state behind Okeene and Cashion,” said Beaver head coach Mike McVay. “They’re a good ballclub.”
Crescent switched offenses in Week 7, and has drastically increased its offensive production.
“They switched offenses from a spread set to a power-I set here about three weeks ago,” McVay said. “And since that time they’ve put 60, 67 and 70 points on the scoreboard. Whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it pretty well.
“Obviously they feel confident in what they’re doing right now.”
Crescent is slightly bigger on the lines, but they’re shorter than the Dusters.
“It’s going to depend on how our line holds up against theirs and then how we attack that power-I set,” McVay said. “We’re just going to be strong at the line of scrimmage.”
The winner tomorrow night will face the Carnegie-Empire winner on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
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