By Jim Perry
Jacob Bailey passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns and Berryhill put a damper on Cushing’s 2016 homecoming celebration by winning 42-32 at overflowing O’Dell Field.
The ninth-ranked Chiefs improved to 2-0 and knocked the No. 7 Tigers to 2-1. The game was the next-to-last non-district affair for Cushing. The Tigers visit Cleveland next weekend.
“We have to get better on pass defense,” Cushing coach Barrett Shupe said after Bailey completed 19 of 27 passes and riddled the CHS defense. He threw touchdowns of 54 yards to Josh Sharp, 40 yards to Cory Alexander and 29 yards to Corey Bradford.
The last gave Berryhill its final lead at 35-32. Bailey completed three consecutive passes in an 82-yard, six-play drive that sealed the deal with Brady Williams’ five-yard scoring run.
Bailey also ran 95 yards for Berryhill’s first touchdown in the first quarter. He tacked on another three-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
Cushing had its share of big plays in what Shupe called “an absolutely crazy, fun high school football game.”
The Tigers got 157 yards rushing from Kory Wiley and three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Kade Holderread. Holderread found the deep ball to his liking and hooked up on TD passes of 35 and 77 yards to Trey Morris and 40 yards to England Honeybuss.
Honeybuss caught four balls for 78 yards.
In a game that featured eight lead changes, Cushing missed a pair of golden scoring opportunities. The Tigers ran out of downs on the Chief 7 in a scoreless game and at the 4 when leading 24-21.