The Grand Old Lady got a Purcell Dragon send off last Friday night when Purcell topped Marlow 26-22 in not only the last game to be played on the original field, but a key District victory.
The victory assured Purcell of the third place finish in District 3A-2. That third place finish kept the Dragons from having to face No. 1 Heritage Hall in the first round of the State Class 3A Playoffs.
The alternative isn’t much easier since the Dragons will travel to No. 4 Kingfisher, who has the same 7-3 record as the Dragons.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott said Kingfisher has a very athletic team including their lanky and tall quarterback Jett Sternberger.
“He throws it all over the yard,” Scott said. “He’s got a good arm and is very athletic.”
The Yellowjackets are a very multiple spread offense that will line up in doubles, then trips and a little bit of two-back, Scott said.
“They are definitely a throwing team,” the coach continued. “They have one really stud receiver. We’ll have to account for him. Thing is their other receivers are not duds. But the one is really talented.
“We’ll have to know where he is and get some help. We’ve also got to pressure the quarterback, keep him in the pocket and contain him because he can scramble,” Scott said.
Defensively, Kingfisher will line up in a 4-3.
“They are good up front,” Scott reports. “They are very athletic. They have kids that can run,” he said.
Kingfisher’s three losses this season are to Heritage Hall, No. 1 4A Tuttle and No. 4 4A Bethany.
In last Friday night’s victory over Marlow, the entire Dragon team contributed to the win, Scott said.
“Everybody played well,” he said. “That’s what we want is to have everyone play well. We had some stupid penalties that hurt but other than that, a pretty good effort.”
Junior Brendan Farris led the team with 18 tackles while Gunner Fink and Hayden Farley both had 14 stops.
Fink registered three sacks while Farley had one quarterback sack.
Addison Love rushed for a trio of touchdowns on runs of 12, two and nine yards. He totaled 24 rushes for 150 yards.
Nick Albright scored the final Purcell touchdown of the night. He was on the receiving end of a 22 yard Kody Kroth pass.
Kroth was an efficient 13-16 for 217 yards and had no interceptions.
One of Kroth’s favorite targets was senior Jake Berrey who hauled in seven balls for 149 yards.
The Dragons had a total yardage of 375 against the Outlaws.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Malachi Parrish as the Offensive Lineman of the Week. Parrish graded out at 94 percent against Marlow.
Victor Trejo was nominated as the Defensive Lineman of the Week, Trejo finished with 11 tackles and one sack.
Scott nominated both Hayden Farley and Gunner Fink as the Defensive Players of the Week. Farley had 14 tackles and a sack while Fink also had 14 tackles and added three sacks to his resume.
“They both played well,” Scott said.
Offensive Coordinator Questin Autry nominated Jake Berrey as the Offensive Player of the Week. Berrey hauled in seven passes for 149 yards in the victory over the Outlaws.
“He had some big catches,” Autry said.
2018 marks the sixth consecutive year the Dragons have made the OSSAA Football Playoffs.
This will be Purcell’s 37th playoff appearance since 1968.
The Dragons have been in the state playoffs 19 times since 1998.
The school record for is 11 consecutive times from 2001-2018. Kickoff Friday is 7 p.m.