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Tigers smoke OCA 53-36
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
Last Updated:
11/14/2014 10:18:14 AM

Layne Leven
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

EDMOND, Okla. --  In a game that seemed more like Madden 2014 video game than high school football, Newkirk blew out to a big lead and then coasted past Oklahoma Christian Academy 53-36 Friday night in Edmond in Newkirk’s final regular season game of 2014.

 The win improved the Tiger’s record to 5-5 while OCA dropped to 3-7.

 Friday’s game was a non-district game for the Tigers, their playoff qualification had already been decided.

 OCA out gained the Tigers 555-459, though many yards were gained by OCA against Newkirk’s junior varsity in the second half.

 Newkirk had little trouble moving the football, running for 356 and passing for 113 against the Eagles.

 NHS also capitalized on seven OCA turnovers including an interception return for a score by linebacker Trevor Johnson and nearly another pick-six by linebacker Bleau Stopp.  Picking up fumble recoveries for the Tigers were Wyatt Meyer, Caleb Vap, Layne Leven, Jordan Scott, and Braxton Stopp.

 “It was important for us to get off to a good start on the road,” said coach Bob Underwood.  “Fortunately, we played well early and jumped out to an early lead (26-6 after first quarter),” he said.

 Underwood was not pleased with his team’s effort in the second quarter.

 “We got off to a good start but then I thought we eased up and didn’t have the same intensity in the second quarter,” he said.  “That can be a challenge for a football team when things are really easy early in the game.”

 Colton Sparks led Tiger rushers with 118 yards and two scores on long distance runs of 62 and 43 yards.  Fullback Pake Shinn had scoring runs of 8 and 27 yards while Jordan Scott had a second half scoring run of 24 yards late in the game.  Scott had 102 yards, most coming in the second half.

 Jaycee Johnston was efficient in the passing game completing 7 of 11 for 113 yards and two scores, one each to Trevor Johnson and Bleau Stopp.

 Underwood liked the seven forced turnovers.

 “That means we were rallying to the ball,” he said.  “We were able to force some mistakes and then we were able to take advantage.”

 “It was also great to get the jv kids into the game,” he said.  “Those kids work hard all week and it was great to get them in the game for more than just one or two series.”

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