MADILL – As rain clouds threatened an already muddy field Saturday evening, Cushing’s Tigers brought the thunder. The Tigers delivered the first crushing blow of the high school football district schedule, beating Madill 40-13 on the road.
Kickoff was postponed Friday and finally moved to Saturday as the grass playing surface in Madill soaked slowly. Coming off of a three game slide and a handful of small injuries, the Tigers (1-3 overall, 1-0 district 4A-2) needed a quick recovery Saturday night. “The way this season started 0-3, nobody wanted that, but they juts kept coming and grinding each day, and we got it done,” coach Rusty Morgan told RDMGtv’s James Coffelt.
It all started with the steady performance of the offensive line. Senior left tackle Koby Floyd was named Red Dirt Sports Xtra MVP for his work on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Floyd protected quarterback Wil Moyer on a night the Tigers totaled 113 passing yards and 245 rushing yards. He harassed the Madill backfield and accounted for three solo tackles and five combined tackles. Behind his blocking, Cushing rallied to its first halftime lead of the season, scoring seven points in the first quarter and 20 in the second. “We knew we had to come out and run the ball and that’s kind of been our motto all week,” Morgan said. “We knew we had to grind it out. We put some different guys back there catching snaps, put some tight ends in the backfield, and it’s probably gonna be part of what we do.”
Moyer returned from a deep bone bruise on his right leg and managed 4-for-6 passing for 114 yards and two touchdowns against the Wildcats. He also showed up to produce his longest pass play of the season, a stellar 66-yard pass and catch connection with Harrison Wood, who found the end zone to give the Tigers a 13-0 lead with 10:23 left in the second quarter. Chance Kindley kicked the extra point.
Cushing scored on four of its first five possessions and created six turnovers on Madill’s first seven possessions. It was as lopsided a first half as the Tigers have experienced, and everything came up Black and Orange.
The Tigers overcame 1-for-6 performance on third down and the loss of two fumbles Saturday night. Trevor Ailey carried the ball 12 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and Landon Kimmel ran 14 times for 91 yards and a score. Keaton Crooks and Champ Wright also scored. Madill scored once in the third quarter and once in the fourth, and the second PAT was blocked.
The Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) ran 60 plays to Cushing’s 45 and ran for 291 yards, attempting only five passes. Cushing will host Tecumseh (2-2, 0-1) Friday at 7:20 p.m. Other district winners included McLoud, Tutle and Bethany.
story by: Christian Favalora RDMGtv Sports Journalist