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October 9, 2013

Chisholm looks to rebound from first loss

ENID, Okla. — A handful of days after their first loss of 2013, things hadn’t gotten much easier for Chisholm’s players.

The 11th-ranked Longhorns (4-1, 1-1 in district 2A-1), by all accounts, had one of the season’s hardest practices in preparation for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. non-district game at unranked Crooked Oak (4-1, 1-1 in 2A-2).

“It’s really been one of the most intense ones,” said receiver Austin Swann, who finished with a season-best 57 yards on four catches in Friday’s loss to No. 5 Hennessey. “Since it’s a non-district game, people are kind of putting it down, but it’s still a game you have to win. You can’t just come out half-speed.”

“It’s just making sure they’re focused,” said Chisholm head coach Joey Reinart. “After spending so much emotion two weeks in a row against two really good teams (Alva, Hennessey), you just have to make sure they’re on the same page again this week and taking care of business.”

So far, so good.

Friday’s 21-20 loss to Hennessey, a game in which the Longhorns led 20-13 in the fourth quarter that took an Eagle touchdown and two-  point conversion and a Taggart Brown pass intercepted off the hands of his target, Britton Yunker, to seal the win for Hennessey, was the closest Chisholm had come to winning a game in the series since an 11-game Hennessey win streak against Chisholm started, but the grieving period was short-lived.

“They’re taking everything like we think they should,” Reinart said. “Their mental preparation has been good. They’re able to realize that they put a lot of effort into it and they put a lot of good plays and execution into it, and they realize that we came up short and made some mistakes and then correct those things and move on.”

“We know we can’t finish perfect, but we can strive for (perfection), achieve excellence, finish 9-1, which would be the best season Chisholm’s had in a long time,” Brown said.

Chisholm’s first rebound opportunity of the season comes against a Crooked Oak team that notched its first win in district 2A-2 Friday, sneaking past Luther 59-58 in three overtimes.

The Longhorns own their brief series with the Ruf-Nex, winning four of five matchups, most recently in 2012, when the Longhorns won 35-14 behind a career-high 241 yards for running back Bryce Stewart.

The Ruf-Nex lone loss came in a Week-4, 50-7 drubbing by No. 4 Oklahoma Christian School.

Sophomore Luke Ball, who scored the third touchdown of his career on a 20-yard run to give Chisholm a 20-13 lead against Hennessey, likely will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with a broken left wrist suffered during the Longhorns’ final drive.

Dillion Pettus and Stewart are expected to play after minor injuries against the Eagles.

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