The long wait for football season is finally over and in it's first official game, the Cushing Tigers took the win over long time rival, Perkins Demons. While admittedly a rocky game played by both sides, Friday night wrapped up with a final score of 7-0, Tigers.
With more than 2,000 yards gained for the Tigers last year, senior quarterback Kade Holderread started the season off with a pass to teammate Harrison Wood early in the first quarter, resulting in the night's first and only touchdown. Starting tailback for Holderread, former linebacker and senior, Matt Yates, proved to be a valuable addition to the Tiger's offense, gaining a game total of 56 yards for his team in 15 rushes.
While Tiger fans maintain confidence in this year's offensive lineup, it was the defense that took the spotlight in Friday night's home game. Among them, junior Trevor Ailey and Senior Ryan Hood refused to allow Perkin's offense to complete a play, shutting down efforts again and again.
The week's polls are in and RDMG commentary choice for MVP is senior #44 Patrick Viator, starting tight end and defensive end for the Cushing Tigers. Viator began playing football as a 3rd grade Tiny Tiger and his experience and competetive nature make him a strong competitor.
Viator received 64% of the votes submitted in Week 0's Viewer's Choice Poll, followed by Kade Holderread at 16%, Matt Yates at 15%, and Christian Ryan at 5%.
Many members of this year's team have played alongside one another for almost a decade. When asked how he felt Cushing Tigers would fare this season, Holderread says, "It feels like my team, my class, is a lot tighter this year. We didn't always play well together and I feel like this year that's gonna change."