Tiger season ends at OCS
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal
EDMOND, Okla. – The Newkirk Tigers ended the 2014 season Friday night at the hands of the 2nd ranked Oklahoma Christian School Saints 35-6, in a game closer than the final score indicated.
Newkirk ended the season at 5-6, the Saints improved to 11-0 and will host Kingston Friday night in the second round.
"I couldn’t be prouder of a group of players," Underwood said. "They competed as hard as they could and that’s all we can ask. We didn’t get the result we wanted Friday night but it wasn’t for the lack of effort and competing."
Underwood continued the discussion regarding the 2014 Tiger seniors.
"It was nice to see them earn a playoff spot and be competitive with one of the best teams in our class," he said.
OCS scored in each quarter but didn’t put the Tigers away until early in the 4th quarter.
Newkirk scored their touchdown on a 6-yard run by Bleau Stopp late in the 4th quarter.
OCS scored twice in the first half but led just 13-0 as the Tiger defense held the Saints twice in the red zone.
"It was a classic "bend don’t break defense" but it worked," he said. "At half, we were right there, if we could have made a few more plays on offense, we were within striking distance."
Newkirk was hampered by the loss of senior running back Colton Sparks who injured an elbow in the first quarter.
"It hurt us not having Colton but fortunately Pake Shinn picked up the slack, according to Underwood.
Shinn carried 20 times for 115 yards to lead the Tigers.
"Our o-line made some holes in there and Pake really ran hard," Underwood said. "A lot of credit goes to Jaycee (Johnston), we were checking with him at the line and he was making the calls based on what they were doing. It worked well that second half."
Trailing 35-0, the Tigers scored on their final possession of 2014 as the Tigers moved 88 yards in four plays, Stopp scoring from six yards. Shinn had a 31 yard run and Stopp had a 50 yard run to set up the scoring run.
The Tigers rushed for 171 yards on the night, Johnston completed eight passes for 70 yards.