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Tigers oulast Pawnee 12-6
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
Last Updated:
10/22/2014 1:31:05 PM

Coach Underwood discusses a call with referee Victor Morales during Thursday's 12-6 win over Pawnee.
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

PAWNEE, Okla. --  For the first time in three years, the Newkirk Tigers are in the Class 2A playoffs with a 12-6 win over Pawnee Thursday night.

 Thursday’s win improved the Tigers to 4-3 on the season, 3-1 in district play.

 Pawnee fell to 1-6 on the year and 0-4 in district action.

 “Happy for the kids to make the playoffs,” coach Bob Underwood said Friday morning.  “I think it hit them in the locker room they had made the playoffs, you could see they felt a sense of accomplishment.  It was great to see.”
 It wasn’t easy for the Tigers against the Black Bears, Underwood said he knew it was going to be tough.

 “They are a better team than what we’ve seen the past few weeks, he said.  “I thought they would come out and play hard and they did.  I thought Coach Cook had a good scheme, fortunately, we made enough plays to win the game.”

 In a game that was nearly dead even statistically, the Tigers out gained Pawnee 219-217, the Tiger defense was the difference with a second quarter goal line stand and also forced a turnover that led to the go-ahead score late in the third quarter.

 “Our defense was tremendous,” Underwood said.  “They made the key stop right before halftime and then picked up that third quarter fumble.  I was happy for Lane (Pameticky) on that fumble recovery, it wound up being a huge play in the game.”

 Pawnee opened the scoring early in the second quarter driving 89 yards in nine plays with senior Browning Nicolet scoring on 9 yard run and Pawnee led 6-0.

 Newkirk immediately bounced back on the second play of the ensuing drive as seniors Jaycee Johnston and Layne Leven hooked up for an 83 yard pass and catch.  Leven caught the pass near the Pawnee sideline and after making a Bear defender miss, cut all the way across the field bolting 83 yards.  The point after was missed, the game was tied at 6-6.

 “That was a huge play in the game,” Underwood said.  “They had some momentum after they scored and we were able to counter that with a score of our own, just a huge play.”

 Newkirk’s defense came up big late in the first half as Pawnee drove to the Tiger 4-yard line.  The Tiger defense held on four consecutive plays to keep the game tied at the half.

 The game was tied 6-6 until late in the third quarter when Pameticky recovered a Pawnee fumble at the Black Bear 20-yard line.

 Newkirk needed just four plays with Johnston hitting Trevor Johnston from 8 yards and the Tigers led 12-6.

 Johnston and Johnson hooked up the week before against Tonkawa late in the game.

 Pawnee reached Tiger territory in the final period, reaching the Newkirk 46-yard line but was the farthest Pawnee penetration.

 Johnston completed 7 of 11 passing for 137 and two scores.

 Colton Sparks led Newkirk’s rushing attack with 57 yards on 16 carries.

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