CUSHING – Cold winds of change blew across the toughest district in Class
4A this week, and Cushing may like where it stands after the storm. No doubt, the marquee matchup in 4A-2 was Bethany at Tuttle – a rematch of the 2018 state championship. But how many people would have expected a shutout? Bethany snapped Tuttle’s 19-game winning streak with a 21-0 victory on
Elsewhere, Tecumseh beat Blanchard 28-26. It all has the Tigers leaping at an opportunity to continue shaking things up in Week 7 when they travel to Bethany. Cushing coach Rusty Morgan was asked about it after the game. “We’ll go play the schedule, we absolutely know the competition’s gonna be stiff going forward,” he said. “It sounds like a good win tonight for those guys, we’ll turn on the film tomorrow morning, and we’ll get a plan going and these guys will buy in.”
When the play call came for Hayden Fry to blitz the B-gap, he got excited.
A little too excited. As he stepped toward the line of scrimmage, Fry lost his balance and tried
to catch himself by standing tall before the snap, but it was too late. He flailed across the line and was penalized for jumping offside.
His father – defensive coordinator Kyle Fry, rushed Shelton Davis onto the field after the penalty and had to give his son a stern verbal clarification that Davis was coming to take his place. “When we blitz, we don’t want to show it, ‘cuz they can see it,” Kyle Fry said. “We want to delay it a little bit, he didn’t delay.”
On the next play, Davis – Fry’s momentary replacement – intercepted a rare McLoud pass and gave Cushing the ball back, to applause. Father and son had a little laugh about it after the game, huddled close
for a postgame interview at midfield. “Yeah, it sucked,” Hayden laughed, “but it’s better for the team.”
*Quotes & Quick Hits*
“We’ve still got a chance to go do it and make the playoffs. It’s kinda in front of us. We’re gonna have to play some better football, I think we’re capable of playing with anybody, we’ve got bodies back, so that’s kinds
what we wanna do. Whether it’s Bethany, or Tuttle, whoever, we’re gonna be ready to play next week.”
– Defensive Coordinator Kyle Fry, talking about the month of games left in the playoff hunt.
- “You know it’s football season when it starts getting cold.” – Linebacker Kirk Huseman, talking about the first cold night of the season.
- Defensive back Evan Kennedy returned against McLoud after missing three weeks due to injury. Linebacker Koby Floyd also returned after missing the Tecumseh game.
- The Week 6 matchup marked the fourth consecutive homecoming experience on
*Offensive Player of the Game*
Shelton Davis was selected as the Cushing Hub’s offensive player of the game in Week 6. Davis was one of seven Tigers to score in McLoud, and he added much-needed depth to the running back corps. His 35-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was Cushing’s final score.
*Defensive Player of the Game*
Tristan Jackson was selected as the Cushing Hub’s defensive player of the game in Week 6. Jackson was a popular pick among his teammates after the colossal district victory Friday night. He contributed to a near shutout and was involved in a high number of run stops in the middle of the defense.
CHS Marching Band
The Cushing High School Marching band performed in Beggs, at the “Band of Demons” Marching Contest Saturday. Of the 24 bands competing among 4A & 5A Schools, the CHS Marching band made the cut of the top 12 schools ranking 6th overall. Moving up to 5th in the final evenings competition! “It was a long day” for the student and directors , Danny White explains in this short interview, after the results were announced. Here is video of the performance on Saturday evening, as Cushing was the last band to perform.
The Cushing Marching Band will head to Lawton on Tuesday to perform in the OSSAA state marching competition.
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