ENID, Okla. —
Can Merritt score enough vs. PC-Hunter?
Merritt's surprise 6-0 start, including a 5-0 run in district B-1, earned the Oilers a No. 6 ranking in the Associated Press' poll.
Now it gets difficult.
Merritt's next opponent, fellow undefeated and B-1 co-leader Pond Creek-Hunter wrapped up a fifth consecutive shutout win Friday against Garber, riding a defense that has forced nearly three times as many turnovers (17) than it has allowed points (6) in 2013.
Still stinging from a lopsided defeat in last season's Class B state title game to Laverne, the only team to beat PC-Hunter in two seasons, Panther QB Josh Irvin said Friday it doesn't mean his team will look past any other opponent.
"We prepare for every team like they're Laverne," he said.
Offense back to stay in Fairview?
In three straight losses to Chisholm, Tonkawa and Okeene in Weeks 2-4, Fairview scored 20 combined points.
In back-to-back wins after the slide, the Yellowjackets (3-3, 2-1 A-1) topped that by halftime.
A quarterback change and a chance to play against softer competition has made all the difference for a Fairview team that had grown accustomed to high-octane offense after 2012's 10-2 team put up 42.5 points per game under the direction of News & Eagle All-Northwest Player of the Year Grant Nightengale. After taking over for junior Jaden Dillard against Okeene, senior QB Brett Fast has completed 39 of 64 passes for 492 yards, 4 touchdowns and three interceptions, leading the Yellowjackets to a 47-0 win against Turpin and a 38-21 win over Hooker.
Fast and Fairview face an uptick in competition Thursday against a Mooreland team that has allowed more than 22 points only once this season, and at 4-2 and 1-2 in district A-1, is desperately in need of a win to stay in the playoff picture.