By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
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)
Kremlin-Hillsdale goes for third straight shutout
Kremlin-Hillsdale (2-2 overall, 1-1 district) will be going for both its third straight win and shutout Friday when it hosts District C-3 rival Claremore Christian (2-2, 0-1).
The Broncs are coming off 50-0 and 48-0 wins over Bartlesville Wesleyan and Gracemont the past two weeks. It’s the first time since the 2000 state championship season the Broncs have posted two shutouts in a season.
A win also will give Kremlin-Hillsdale its first three-game winning streak since 2008 and would top last year’s victory total of two.
“We can’t take anybody for granted,’’ Broncs head coach Jeremy Breshears said. “Every night is a new night. If we don’t do things right, we’ll give them a chance to win. We’re going to keep working hard and see what happens.’’
Breshears said he didn’t think the Broncs played as well last week as they did against Bartlesville Wesleyan.
“We know we have to play better fundamental football,’’ he said. “There are some things we have to improve on internally ... but we have gotten better on defense. It always feels good to shut out somebody.’’
Quarterback Andre Lizar, center Lee Olmstead and fullback Cass Bittle have all played well, but Breshears pointed out “it’s just not one person ... we’re spreading things out.’’
The Broncs won last year’s game 42-22.
Garber looks to bounce back against Seiling
Garber, coming off its first loss of the season (42-30 to Merritt) faces a challenge when it hosts Seiling (2-2 overall, 2-1 district) Friday.
“They’re the best football team we have played so far,’’ Wolverines head coach Mark Harmon said. “We match up with them well. They’ve got a little more size. We have to be more scrappy up front. Merritt was tough, but Seiling has more speed.’’
Harmon will be going up against Seiling’s Bruce Hendrickson, the state’s winnigest all-time coach (353 wins) for the first time.
“That’s a little scary,’’ he said.
However, Harmon’s concerns are more with Garber now.
“We have to play better,’’ Harmon said. “We didn’t seem to have that much fire Friday. We didn’t play a good game. You have to give credit to Merritt. Some of their schemes caught us off guard. We got outcoached.’’
Harmon said the Wolverines (3-1, 2-1) have bounced back well.
“I think it makes them a little more determined,’’ he said. “Everybody was disappointed. Sometimes it’s OK to get beat, but when you don’t play your best, it makes it harder on you. It was a wakeup call for us. We have practiced a little harder and the coaches have spent more time preparing to get a W and get things turned around.”
Seiling leads the series 5-2 since 1986, but Garber won last year 46-0. The game can be heard on KNID (107.1 FM).