Chisholm defense shines as Longhorns shutout Newkirk, 45-0

Chisholm's Leyton Parker carries the ball against Newkirk Friday, October 25, 2019 at Chisholm High School. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — Chisholm (6-2, 4-0) scored 39 first-half points in the Longhorns' 45-0 shutout of visiting district foe Newkirk (0-8, 0-4) Friday night at Chisholm.

The offense lit up the scoreboard, but the defense stood out throughout the game. The Longhorns' defense didn’t allow a first down until there was less than a minute left to play in the first quarter.

Newkirk finished the first half with three first downs. But every time the Tigers' offense gained any bit of traction, Chisholm’s defense killed the drive. After the initial first down, the Tigers were forced to punt the ball away after a sack by senior defensive lineman Krese Smith pinned the offense back 20 yards.

Three drives later, Newkirk drove the ball into the red zone with hopes of scoring just before halftime. However, Newkirk quarterback Wyatt Stone threw an interception to senior linebacker Hudson Fields on first-and-goal.

“Those guys really backed it up,” Chisholm head coach Joey Reinart. said of his defense. “When (Newkirk) got first downs, we stepped up and made sure that we locked everything down.”

Friday night’s game was Chisholm’s fifth-straight win and the fourth-straight game in which the defense didn’t allow more than 14 points. It was also Chisholm’s second-straight shutout. The Longhorns have three so far this season.

“Win by 45 points and not give up a single point? You can’t beat it,” Fields said.

Fields said the defense is “firing on all cylinders” at this point in the season.

"My defensive line is absolutely playing out of their minds right now," Fields said. "The secondary did a really good job, too.”

The Longhorns' defensive front helped rack up nine tackles for loss. After Fields’ interception, sophomore defensive back Nick Deterding picked off Newkirk’s quarterback late in the third quarter.

After Chisholm made it 26-0 with less than six minutes to play in the second half, sophomore defensive back Leyton Parker scooped up a Newkirk fumble and ran it back 27 yards for a touchdown on the first play of Newkirk’s ensuing drive.

“This is the best defense we’ve had in quite a while,” Fields said. “And I’m really excited to kind of be the leader of this defense and have all these guys around me just balling.”

While Chisholm’s defense put a clamp-down on Newkirk’s offense, the Longhorns' offense made quick and efficient use of most of its first-half possessions. On the first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Kaleb Dent launched a 37-yard pass that placed Chisholm just outside the red-zone.

Four plays later, senior running back Bryce Boeckman sprinted between the tackles for the Longhorns' opening score. Chisholm finished with 85 rushing yards and Boeckman rushed for a team-high 48 yards.

After a 27-yard touchdown pass from Dent to senior tight end C.J. Bennett, Boeckman powered his way through Newkirk’s defense on a 27-yard run before punching the ball in for a 5-yard touchdown just before the end of the first quarter. His two-point conversion run made it 20-0 Chisholm.

Most of Chisholm’s scoring drives took around two-and-a-half minutes. But Chisholm’s fourth drive drained about five minutes off the clock. Several miscues by the Longhorns could have ended it sooner.

Dent completed a 27-yard pass as he escaped pressure to convert a third-and-eight. A too-high snap and a delay of game placed the offense in three long-yardage situations. Newkirk’s defense bailed Chisholm out twice on fourth down as the Tigers committed consecutive pass-interference penalties.

The latter penalty took Chisholm to a first-and-goal, setting Boeckman up for his third touchdown run of the night.

While Chisholm’s offense finished with more than 300 yards and 39 offensive points, Reinart said the offense still needs to “secure a few things.”

Dent said the offense is executing but the offense needs to go harder and understand "what your job is."

“We definitely need some work," said Dent.

Dent finished his night with 237 yards passing and two touchdowns with the latter coming right before halftime. The senior quarterback completed consecutive passes of more than 20 yards before finding senior wide receiver Damien Riemen for a 15-yard score.

Junior back-up quarterback Luke Balenti had a 36-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Caleb Griffith for Chisholm’s lone second-half score.

With two games left in the season, Dent said the offense needs to keep focus.

“Losing focus just can’t happen, not anymore,” he said. “Luther is going to be good.”

District-leader Luther defeated Perry 28-0 to remain undefeated at 9-0. The Lions come to Chisholm next Friday.

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Godfrey is sports writer for the Enid News & Eagle.
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