Blackwell loses Battle of the Maroons, looks for first win in Newkirk

September 12, 2019

The Battle of the Maroons last Friday night in Blackwell was not the result the home team was looking for. The visitors from Perry jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and a 34-0 halftime lead in cruising to a 55-12 win over Blackwell.

The game had all the makings of a shootout with both quarterbacks having big week zero games in their season openers. Perry senior Mason Drake won that battle Friday night with a 29-for-55 night in the passing game for 360 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Blackwell’s Mikey Riley was 11-for-30 for 238 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Perry Maroons also managed to run the ball 32 times for 212 yards while Blackwell could only muster 76 yards on the ground in 18 attempts.

Riley spread the ball out to five different receivers with Trevor Goodenough and Kendall Burtner scoring the two touchdowns for the home team. Goodenough’s touchdown was his only offensive yards of the night and it covered 60-yards. Kendall Burtner, Tanner Botts, Christian Mora and Brett Lenon were the other receivers utilized Friday night. Worthy Shepherd and Riley each had 35 yards rushing in the game to lead the way. Shepherd had the only lost fumble of the evening for Blackwell.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior Nathan Hindman had the lone interception off Drake with a return of five yards. The defense also had ten pass deflections in the game. Botts let the defense being involved in 16 tackles, with assistance from Mora who was involved in 12 tackles.

Next up for the Maroons (0-2) is their last non-district game for the season as they visit another Kay County rival in Newkirk. The Tigers (0-1) are licking their wounds from their season opener after the Tonkawa Buccaneers romped to a 41-0 win avenging their only loss from the 2018 season.

The Maroons will look to get their first win of the season against a team that they last beat in 2016. Deer Creek-Lamont and Medford will also be looking for their first wins of the year this week. DCLA lost to Waynoka 54-0 in a mercy rule game and face Prue for homecoming this weekend. Medford lost to Buffalo for the third time in the last year last week and their reward is a ranked Pond Creek-Hunter team this week. Tonkawa looks to make it three in a row with a trip to Tulsa for a game against NOAH.

The games all kick-off at 7 p.m.