HARAH – On a Fall Break trip to Harrah, Cushing’s inspired and ever-improving varsity football team claimed a momentous victory. The Tigers won 49-25 to improve to 4-4 overall and 4-1 in district 4A-2, and – most importantly – claim playoff qualification. “The message to this team is to enjoy victories,” coach Rusty Morgan told RDMGtv’s James Coffelt, “because they’re hard to come by, especially in (Class 4A) and in this district.”
Cushing posted 27 points in the second quarter and 16 in the third to take a commanding lead midway through the game. A week after surrendering an opening kickoff return for a touchdown, the Tigers held Harrah to negative yardage on special teams returns. “It’s still a deal, we want to come out and start faster, no doubt about it,” Morgan said. “Once we kinda get clicking offensively, typically we can move the ball against anybody we play.”
Without an early deficit to rail against, this heralded Cushing offense soared. Quarterback Will Moyer completed 26 of 36 pass attempts for 367 yards and four passing touchdowns. He had no shortage of open, eligible receivers. Once this group of players have the ball in their hands, they are among the most difficult to stop in the district.
Harrison Wood and Keaton Crooks each had six catches for 90 yards or more, and both scored a touchdown. Trevor Ailey, who piled on yet another remarkable individual performance, hauled in nine catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. This week’s highlight reel is riddled with crafty passes from Moyer and smart, quick moves by receivers that buried Harrah in yards-after-the-catch. The Tigers were scoreless in the first quarter but trailed only 3-0 before hitting high gear.
Harrah, winless through eight weeks, had three rushers reach 100 yards. Jeff Roberson led with 172, Chase Jackson had 140, and Gage Payne had 103. Cushing improved marginally on third down (5-for-8) and stopped Harah five times out of nine. Up next, the Tigers host Blanchard (6-2, 3-2) Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Up next, the Tigers host Blanchard (6-2, 3-2) Friday at 7:30 p.m. The win against Harrah puts distance between Cushing and Blanchard, the fourth-place team in the district. To reach playoffs in Class 4A (which Cushing joined this season), a team must finish the regular-season schedule fourth or better in its district. Cushing is in third place with two games left