Tigers nudge Beggs; move near 3A-6 crown
By Jim Perry
—A killing blizzard along the Eastern Seaboard.
—Earthquakes making headlines in places other than Oklahoma.
—Deep Blue, a computer, beating world chess champion Gary Kasparov.
—Dolly the sheep, first mammal cloned from an adult cell.
—Bob Dole for president. He wasn’t.
—Bill Clinton for president. He was.
—Cushing High School won a district championship.
The odds are unknown for the first six of those events recurring in 2016. The odds of the latter, after Friday night, got exponentially better.
Seventh-ranked Cushing got three touchdowns from Kory Wiley and beat Beggs 40-34 in a raucous District 3A-6 game at O’Dell Field. The victory pushed Cushing to 4-0 in district play and assured the Tigers of a berth in the Class 3A playoffs.
Cushing can clinch the title by winning either of its last two games — Oct. 28 against Morris or Nov. 4 at Kellyville — after a bye week on Friday.
Cushing improved to 7-1 overall while Beggs fell to 4-3 and 2-1. In other 3A-6 games, Checotah beat Kellyville 30-13 and Bristow toppled Morris 57-0.
Kellyville and Morris are a combined 2-13 this season.
Friday’s game was one for the ages.
Cushing trailed by two touchdowns at the outset and was down 26-18 at halftime. The Tigers rallied for the second consecutive time on their home turf and turned 12 points in 22 seconds into a lead it would not surrender.
The CHS lead stretched to 40-26 but was not official until junior cornerback Alphonzo Devers intercepted a pass with barely more than a minute left on the clock.
“Coach (Jon) Yates hammered into us all week about the come-back route,” Devers said. “I was ready for it and came up with the big play.”
On a night when Beggs got 286 yards rushing — 157 by quarterback Tylar Prestidge-Murry and more than 400 yards total, Cushing survived.
Wiley rushed 31 times for 180 yards. He scored Cushing’s first touchdown on a one-yard run and its last on another 36-inch tumble. In between, Wiley hauled in a 15-yard scoring pass from Tiger quarterback Kade Holderread.
Cushing took the lead on a 36-yard fumble return by England Honeybuss. It came seconds after Holderread and Josiah Wright connected for a touchdown from 18 yards out.
Prestidge-Murry ran for one touchdown and passed for two more. He had 138 yards passing.
Cushing gained from four turnovers — two fumbles, two interceptions — by the BSH offense.