PERKINS – The longest drive in Cushing’s 23-0 loss to Perkins-Tryon on Friday night came at the aid of a few defensive penalties.
In that 12-play series, the Tigers showed the ability to move the ball as well as they’ll need to in the fast-approaching District 4A-2 schedule. But there were also a handful of offensive penalties on that drive, and that balance of youth and experience has coach Rusty Morgan hopeful for next week’s game against 3A Berryhill.
“Right now were just talking about effort, day-in and day-out,” Morgan told RDMGtv’s James Coffelt. “There’s a lot of teaching going on. The fact is it’s early in the season, and I tell them all the time, good bad or indifferent, the sun’s coming up tomorrow... You find out about your character in these situations.”
There were a few notable performances in Friday night’s loss despite a bevy of penalties and four turnovers.
Wil Moyer brought another gutsy performance to the gridiron as he persisted through wearisome weather. Winds swirled mist and light rain through football stadiums all across Green Country on Friday night, making it an unfriendly day for quarterbacks. Moyer, however, was again the sharpest signal caller on the field as he completed 13 of 26 pass attempts for 137 yards.
Moyer was the joint Red Dirt Sports Xtra MVP along with senior running back and defensive back Trevor Ailey. Ailey was Cushing’s leading rusher with 93 yards on 23 carries and a pair of receptions
Again, Keaton Crooks led the wide receivers with five catches for 88 yards, including the game’s longest, a 36-yard play on third-down and long in the fourth quarter.That drive was crushed inside Perkins’ redzone as the Demon Deacons came away with an interception.
TiGERS take the field next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. hosting the Berryhill Chieftons.
by Christian Favalora RDMTV Sports Journalist