By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Chisholm, 3-3 for the first time since 2008, enters the stretch run of the District 2A-1 season with a realistic chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Longhorns are 0-2 in district with losses to defending state champion Hennessey and 5-1 Alva. Their final four games are at 2-4 Perry, Friday; 1-5 Pawnee, Oct. 18; 3-3 Newkirk, Oct. 26 and at 3-3 Tonkawa, Nov. 2.
With a win against the Maroons, the Longhorns will equal their win total from the past three seasons.
“Last year, we talked about intentions of making the playoffs and it’s starting to becoming a reality,’’ said Chisholm coach Joey Reinart. “If we can win three or four games down the stretch, we can make the playoffs if we do what we’re supposed to do.’’
Reinart hopes the Longhorns aren’t content with three wins after beating Crooked Oak 35-14 last Friday at home following lopsided losses to Alva 54-7 and Hennessey, 46-6 the previous two weeks.
Chisholm had a season-high 388 yards rushing, and a season-high 412 yards in total offense. The defense gave up only one touchdown and kept the Ruf-Nex from breaking the big play.
“The line did a really good job,’’ Reinart said. “It feels good to be 3-3, but we’re still not where we want to be.’’
Reinart praised the interior starting line of center James Lee, guards Derek Curless and Jake Curless and tackles Matt Wilson and Trevor Schomber.
Perry, like Chisholm, has lopsided losses to Alva (59-22) and Hennessey (49-8) and a win over Blackwell (69-27 compared to Chisholm’s 14-0).
The Maroons other two losses are to Cushing, 48-36 and Anadarko, 52-6. They beat Tonkawa 20-0 on Sept. 21.
Reinart said it’s dangerous to compare scores. Perry will have a size advantage.
“They are run, run, run and then they might pass to catch you off guard,’’ Reinart said. “They are a power team with some size. We’re going to be a lot smaller than they are. We have to give a good effort every play.’
Quarterback Kale Hixon has completed 38 of 65 passes for 651 yards with eight touchdowns compared to six interceptions.
Austin Allen is the Maroons’ leading rusher with 411 yards on 82 carries for a 5.01 yard per carry average. He hs scored three touchdowns with his longest run being 51 yards. Hunter Condit has 266 yards on 53 carries for a 5.02 average and two touchdowns.
Darreal Williams is the top receiver with 15 catches for 330 yards and five touchdowns.
Bryce Stewart has rushed for 765 yards on 109 carries for a 7.02 average for the Longhorns. He’s scored five touchdowns. Quarterback Tabor Charles is second with 191 yards on 37 carries for a 5.16 average and two TDs.
Reinart expects to see the eight or nine-man fronts opponents have thrown at CHS in an attempt to slow down Stewart.
“We’re going to have to hit some passes to free up the running game,’’ Reinart said.
Charles has completed only 15 of 57 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns, compared to seven interceptions.
“He has thrown the ball well,’’ Reinart said. “At times, he rushed things. Sometimes the receivers haven’t been on the same page with him. Sometimes the linemen haven’t been on the same page. It’s been one thing or the other. We have hit some big passes this year, and hopefully, we can continue to do that.’’
Chisholm was successful against Crooked Oak by getting outside.
“Our guys did a really good job getting on the edge,’’ Reinart said.
Reinart said he’s concerned about Perry being able to wear down Chisholm because of its size. He’s hoping to counter that with quickness and a little grit.
“We can get down on our blocks pretty quickly,’’ he said. “We’re never going to be bigger than the guys across from us, but they have worked hard at it. We have developed quite a bit of depth this season. We’ll be prepared.’’
Sometimes it may come down to Chisholm not stopping Chisholm.
“At times we have moved the ball pretty well,’’ Reinart said. “We would have some good drives and then hit a snag here and there. We’re getting better. They understand we’re going to have opportunities every game. For the most part the kids are understanding the things we have been doing are making them better. Winning makes it easier for them to understand.’’
Linebacker Brady Nelson leads the Longhorns in tackles with 50 — 24 solo and 26 unassisted. Brock Chance has 31, followed by Danner Kiernan with 29, Britton Yunker with 25, Turner Reed with 21 and Wilson with 20.
Tyler Downard has two interceptions.
Perry leads the series, 17-9, including the last two meetings — 35-16 in 2011 and 47-0 in 2010.
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CHISHOLM AT PERRY
Kickoff: 7:30 tonight
Records: Chisholm 3-3 overall, 0-2 district; Perry, 2-4 overall, 1-2 district.
Series: Perry leads 17-9
Last meeting: Perry won 35-16, 2011