CUSHING – Bethany bucked Cushing from the shoot Friday night and halted a three-game win streak for the hometown Tigers. The visiting Bronchos returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and then executed a 2-point conversion to stun Cushing and set up an important district 4A-2 win.
Despite three touchdowns and a handful of big plays from Rusty Morgan’s Tigers, Cushing fell 46-22 for its first district loss of the season. “You’ve gotta play teams like this (in this district),” Morgan said. We got in a hole extremely early, and these guys will fight. I tell them day-in and day-out I wouldn’t trade them for anybody else.”
Working with an early deficit, the Tigers continued to show off one of the best offenses in the district. Quarterback Wil Moyer completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
His first scoring strike was maybe the play of the game for the Tigers, who were trailing 36-7 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter when Keaton Crooks light up the middle of the field.
He got under a pass from Moyer on second down and 8 and took it 79 yards to the end zone. Chance Kindley made the extra point to draw the score to 36-14, and both teams had some scoring to do in the fourth quarter.
Crooks had a banner night. He led Cushing with 10 catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The second one came in the fourth quarter, a six-yard connection. Harrison Wood caught a pass on the following two-point conversion attempt, but Cushing was still three scores away with 7:50 left.
Bethany quarterback Sam Brandt accounted for 239 yards of offense. He was 8-13 for 165 yards passing and had almost no trouble running the ball as well, averaging 7.4 yards per carry. Cushing again struggled on third down, converting three out of 14 attempts and punting eight times.
“The signs of great teams are that the capitalize on third downs, and they don’t get holding penalties that knock them back,” Morgan told RDMGtv’s James Coffelt. “We have to make progress, there’s no doubt about it. It’s a work in progress, we’ll work on it, and we’ll continue to get better at it. “We’ll come in Monday and be ready to go. I’m telling the guys everything we want to do is still ahead of us. All we want to do is get our name on the (state playoff) bracket at the end of the year and let the chips fall where they may.” Cushing is 3-4 overall with a 3-1 mark in district 4A-2, led by Tuttle and Bethany.
To reach playoffs, the Tigers have to finish the regular season in fourth place or better within the district. They sit in third, with Harrah, Blanchard and Tuttle left on the schedule. A head-to-head win against Blanchard would go a long way toward cementing the Tigers’ spot in playoffs, as Blanchard (5-1, 2-1) is fourth. Harrrah – next week’s opponent – is winless through seven games
Cushing High School band performed it’s competition show on Friday, preparing for the home stretch on marching band competition this season. Here are some clips of the show and interview with Dakota Norman (SR Drum Major) and Danny White Cushing Band Director.
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