Purcell’s Dragons christened the new Conger Field with an impressive 42-14 victory over the Lindsay Leopards last Friday night.
Purcell did it on the ground, through the air and had a pair of pick sixes scoring twice when they didn’t even have the football.
Junior signal caller Kody Kroth’s arm probably needed an ice bath after the game. He was on fire completing 13 of 25 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns to go with one interception.
His 45-yard strike to fellow junior Mojo Browning was a thing of beauty. Browning finished the night with four catches for 96 yards and the touchdown.
Senior Addison Love carried the mail for the Dragons rushing the pigskin 21 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Love slammed into the end zone from three yards out on his first score and from four yards out on the second one.
Senior Brendan Farris tallied on a 38 yard touchdown shuttle pass and scamper. He finished with four catches for 92 yards and the score.
Purcell scored first but missed the PAT.
Lindsay came right back to snag the lead at 7-6 and led 14-13 until just before halftime.
That’s when junior kicker Cale Walker toed an 18-yard field goal just before the teams retired to the locker rooms for the half time chat.
Twice Dragons stepped in front of Leopard passes and played like the Hamburgler, swiping the ball and returning it to the House.
Sophomore Titus Mason returned his first-half interception 72 yards to the north end zone. In the third period, senior Nick Albright cleanly picked off a Lindsay aerial and didn’t stop until he reached the south end zone.
As a team, Purcell rushed for 125 yards giving second year head coach Tracy Scott 371 yards of total offense and a defense that would have made OU Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch crack a smile.
“Offensively, really everyone played well,” Scott said. The offensive line played well. Addison played well, Kody played well. Mojo caught the ball well.”
Scott and Offensive Coordinator Questin Autry had a stable of receivers they rotated into the hot late summer air.
Albright, Brendan Farris, Mason, Browning, Nate Willis, Creed Smith, Cale Walker and Gavin Constant all had a chance to step on to the new artificial surface at the newly refurbished Conger Field.
The offensive line that Scott was praising were Malachi Parrish, Jaysen Shea, Gage Askew, Elijah Fixico and Johnnie Marquez. Sean Behne, Seth Madrid and Mateo Ramirez also rotated into the offensive line.
“We are fortunate to have that many players that can give players a little rest,” Scott said.
On the defensive side of the ball the Dragons limited Lindsay to 156 total yards.
The Leopards were held to 43 yards rushing on 28 attempts and finished with 113 passing yards and gave up the two interceptions for Purcell touchdowns.
“Both our safeties Nick Albright and Brendan Farris played well,” Scott said.
The Dragon linebacking corps of senior Jeremy Cudd, junior Sam Wofford, Love and senior Rueben Leveridge drew praise from their head coach.
Senior Kyan Davis, Smith and junior Kyle Hogan also rotated at linebacker against the Leopards.
With Lindsay limited on their ability to rush the football, Scott praised the play of his defensive linemen Shea, Parrish and Askew. Ramirez, Fixico, Seth Madrid and Johnnie Marquez also stepped in to spell the starters.
“Here again, it’s nice to be able to play that many people,” Scott said. “We are deeper than we were last year.”
Up next is the first road trip of the year with Purcell traveling to No. 4 Washington who clubbed Hobart last week 42-7.
The Warriors are a junior and senior laden club that has a record of 22-5 the last two seasons.
“Washington is good,” Scott said flat out. “They’re always good and they’re good again.
“We’ll have to play really, really well,” he continued. “They are physical up front and have very good team speed.”
Scott said the Warriors are a run oriented team but they will get in some spread formations and maybe even the Flexbone.
“They have different looks and base out of a 4-2 on defense,” the coach said.
Kickoff for the Freedom Football game is set for 7 p.m. There is a complete story about the game on page one of this week’s Purcell Register.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Addison Love as the Offensive Player of the Week.
Love rushed the football 21 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns against Lindsay last Friday night.
Nominated as the Defensive Player of the Week was Nick Albright.
Albright returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown, had two other pass break-ups and registered four tackles in the Lindsay victory.
Scott nominated Gage Askew as the Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Askew registered five tackles against the Leopards and recorded three sacks.
Getting the nod as the Offensive Linemen of the Week were Malachi Parrish and Jaysen Shea.
Line coach Kurt Gray said both players graded out at 94 percent in the Purcell victory over Lindsay to open the 2019 football season.