The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 17, 2013

Trojans look to make history

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Morrison’s Dennis Casey Stadium looks like a typical Class A high school football facility, except for one thing.

Visiting teams entering the stadium pass through the 14 monuments signifying every state championship the tradition-rich program has won.

“You can sense the tradition once you get there,’’ said Oklahoma Bible Academy coach Mark Boyd, whose 1-1 team visits the 1-1 Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

That tradition is why Boyd tries to schedule the Wildcats for a non-district game, especially just before entering the district season as OBA will next week.

“It’s a limitus test,’’ Boyd said. “It tells you what you need to work on before district. They do things right. They don’t make mistakes. They’re well-coached and they have that football mentality.’’

OBA, after an 18-2 upset win over Crescent, another traditional power, will take a different mentality against the Wildcats than it has in the past.

Morrison is 3-0 against the Trojans with wins of 42-26 in 2004, 52-16 in 2005 and 40-6 last season.

“The kids are not only believing they can play with them, but if we do what we’re supposed to, we can beat Morrison,’’ Boyd said. “Beating Crescent was a big deal.’’

However, Boyd said the Trojans “still have a long way to go before we can beat Morrison.’’

“We’re going to try to get that done this week,’’ Boyd said. “I think we’re a little more focused. We’re a little more intense. We’ve realized we’re on the cusp of being a good football team if we continue to work.’’

Morrison lost to 2A power Alva 54-20 last week, but were only two points behind at halftime before giving up 42 unanswered points.

Wildcats coach Cory Bales told the Stillwater NewsPress his team made “major improvement’’ from a 20-6 win over Pawnee the week before.

“They played a lot better against Alva than they did Pawnee,’’ Boyd said. “Alva is a real quality opponent. Alva is a great football team and they have a lot of numbers. They just wore them down at the end.’’

Morrison, a year ago, rushed for 341 yards and threw for another 46 against OBA, while the Trojans were held to 53 yards rushing and another 62 in the air.

Morrison is led by sophomore quarterback Jordan Quinata, who rushed for more than 1,300 yards and had 300 yards in receiving as a running back as a freshman.

Quinata had two older brothers who played for the Wildcats.

“If we can win this one, it will be one of the biggest wins in our program,’’ Boyd said. “If we play well, it will mean a lot to our program. If we win, it would be up there with one of the top three or four wins ever in our program.’’

The Trojans held Crescent to 13 yards rushing in avenging a 43-12 loss to the Tigers last season.

“It give us some confidence,’’ Boyd said. “It tells us we can be a good football team if we stay locked-in, and do what we’re supposed to do and try to play mistake-free.’’

The Trojans threw an interception and lost a fumble against Crescent, but also intercepted three passes. The Tigers had only 91 yards passing.

Boyd credited Nathan Meier for shutting down stellar Tigers running back Michael Cronister.

“Nathan’s sole responsibility was not to let the Cronister kid hurt us,’’ Boyd said. “We matched up better with Crescent than we did Chisholm (in a 36-22 loss on Sept. 5). Chisholm hurt us with their size and strength. Cronister was more of a scatback and we matched up with that.’’

Meier, Kristian Stitt and Adam Eaton all had interceptions.

“Everybody played well,’’ Boyd said. “Baylor (Boyd), Adrian (Moore) and Kirstian were a good little tandem against the pass. We didn’t have any busts. We were patient. If they had some success, we didn’t get bent out of shape. Manny Walker had a good game ... it was just a good effort.’’

The Trojans rushed for 244 yards with Chris Walker scoring from 29 and 58 yards, and Stitt adding another score on a two-yard run. OBA came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit.

“I think our conditioning was a big factor,’’ Boyd said. “Chris was fresh. We’re running better this year because our passing game (9 of 16 for 62 yards) is more of a threat than it was last year. We basically ran the same plays, we just opened up a little more. We were able to break them down.’’

It was the first time in four meetings OBA had beaten Crescent.

“We’re a little ahead of where I thought we would be,’’ Boyd said. “But I really thought we could be decent. If things go well this year, we can point back to the Crescent game as one of the turning points.’’