TUTTLE – Playoffs, Tigers. Playoffs. Cushing trudged through a 49-14 loss at district 4A2-leading Tuttle on Friday night to end the regular season and set the stage for a first-round playoff game. At fourth place in the district, the Tigers (4-6 overall, 4-3 district) will travel to Clinton on Friday, Nov. 9.
Tuttle forced a three-and-out on Cushing’s first drive and harassed the front line consistently. They even forced their way into the backfield to cause a harried, running punt on that drive. They carried the momentum to a 27-0 halftime lead.
“There’s no doubt about it, nobody wants a game to go this way,” coach Rusty Morgan said in an interview with RDMGtv’s James Coffelt. “But like we’ve talked about, you’ve gotta give Tuttle credit, that’s a great football team, and the fact is we’ve gotta put it behind us pretty quick.”
Cushing was ushered into Class 4A this season and placed into one of the toughest districts. The Tigers rebounded from a winless slate of three non-district games with a three-game win streak in which the offense averaged more than 40 points per game.
“We’ve got a resilient bunch, we’ve shown that in previous games throughout the year,” Morgan said. “No outcome is going to change my pinion of any of these guys.”
The offense has shown it can fly high. In that three-game stretch in which Cushing rose to the top in the district, quarterback Wil Moyer threw for 114 yards, 259 yards, and 205 yards, respectively, with five total passing touchdowns in those games.
It will be up to the offense to keep Clinton (9-1, 7-0) off its rhythm next week. Clinton has accrued 97 marginal district points, which is second most out of any 4A teams this season.
Tiger fans will notice a faster path to state in Class 4A. It is a 16-team playoff rather than the 32-team format used in 3A. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Clinton.
“I really appreciate TiGER NATiON following us around this year,” Morgan said. “We’re gonna do our best to go put on a show next week and continue the season.”
Friday night’s game at Tuttle can be watched in its entirety online at RDMGtv.com, where fans can also find a postgame interview with Coach Morgan and highlights and bonus content from every game of the season.
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