The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


October 1, 2013

Win gives boost to young Wildcats

ENID, Okla. — Covington-Douglas’ 34-22 comeback win over Canton on  Friday was just what the doctor ordered for the young Wildcats, who had been outscored 140-6 in their first three games.

“We needed to see something for all the hard work we have put in,’’ Wildcats coach Brian Smith said. “We feel better about ourselves. We feel confident we can win some games the rest of the season.’’

The Wildcats trailed 22-6 at halftime after turning the ball over at the Canton one and another time inside 25. Hunter Carl threw three touchdown passes — two to Connor Nunley and another to Dylan Daugherty and ran for two scores..

“Hunter threw the ball well and our receivers made some tough catches,’’ Smith said. “We just put things together. We forced some turnovers and got some stops defensively. We tackled better. It was nothing that we weren’t capable of doing. We had played poorly in the first half.’’

Daugherty, Nunley and Kyle Brown were singled out for their play on defense. Smith said both the offensive and defensive lines graded well.

The Wildcats, who are 1-3 overall and 1-2 in district, won’t have much time to savor the win, going to Ringwood on Thursday.

“It’s a short week for them, too,’’ Smith said. “You have to combine everything in two-and-a-half days. Every second of practice needs to be meaningful and effective.’’

Ringwood, 2-2 overall and 1-2 in district, is coming off a 62-0 loss to Laverne but is expected to get running back Edualdo Gomez back.

“He’s tough to contain,’’ Smith said of Gomez, who scored eight touchdowns against Timberlake in the season opener. “We just hope we can slow him down a bit.’’

Ringwood coach Rustin Donaldson played for Smith at Covington-Douglas. However, the former Wildcats quarterback runs a different offense at Ringwood than the one he directed at Covington-Douglas.

“He’s doing his own thing,’’ Smith said. “We threw a lot when he played. He’s more run oriented. He’s doing a nice job there. He’ll have his kids ready to play.’’

Covington-Douglas leads the series 25-8 since 1970, winning last year’s game 60-26.

The game can be heard on KXLS (95.7 FM)

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