Fly the ‘W’!
Cushing takes down Cleveland
By Jim Perry
Managing EditorCLEVELAND – No. 18 came to play.
Cleveland was the worse off for it.
Trey Morris, No. 18 for the Cushing High School football team, scored touchdowns in three ways Friday and the visiting Tiger crushed homestanding Cleveland 43-7 in a non-district game.
Cushing improved to 3-1 overall and will open District 3A-6 play next weekend at Okmulgee.
Cleveland fell to 1-2.
The host Tigers have lost three in a row to Cushing. Few were more dominating than Friday.
Morris ran 37 yards on a reverse for a touchdown. Returned a pass interception 96 yards for a third-quarter score. And pushed Cushing into a 43-7 lead by catching a 33-yard pass from Kade Holderread.
Holderread threw two TD passes. The other was a 49-yarder to England Honeybuss in the first quarter. It gave Cushing a 16-0 lead.
Holderread also ran for a two-point conversion.
Cushing got a point-after kick from D’Angelo Wilkins, its first in two weeks.
Cushing led 30-7 at halftime. Matt Yates and Kory Wiley ran 52 and seven yards for TDs a few minutes apart in the first half. Wiley’s score gave Cushing a 30-0 lead.
Cleveland scored midway through the third quarter on a nine-yard TD pass from Jared Keeler to Jaden Brewer. Back-to-back scores by Morris tacked 13 points onto the Cushing lead.
The host Tigers were limited to 185 yards of offense. Cushing had 308 yards rushing and passing. Holderread completed five of eight passes for 91 yards. Cleveland quarterback Keeler threw for 139 yards on a whopping 33 attempts.
The victory allowed Cushing head coach Barrett Shupe to match Ron Harmon for second place on victories as a Tiger coach.