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Last Minute Big Plays Doom Wildcats at Guthrie

| September 09, 2018

GUTHRIE — The Guthrie Bluejays have made a living during the young 2018 football season off of their opponents’ turnovers.

Friday’s game with the Ponca City Wildcats was a continuation of that theme as the Bluejays converted two turnovers into touchdowns in the last minute of play to pull off a 28-14 victory.

The first of the two turnovers, a fumble, came when it appeared the Wildcats were on their way to break a 14-14 tie. With less than 1:20 to play the Wildcats had the ball on the Guthrie 20. Ponca City quarterback Kyter Welch went back to pass and the ball was knocked out of his hands and picked up by Dominic Goosby and returned 74 yards for a touchdown. The kick gave Guthrie a 21-14 lead with 1:07 remaining in the game.

Some felt that Welch’s arm had been in forward motion when the ball was knocked out, but the officials ruled the situation a fumble instead of an incomplete forward pass.

Trailing by seven with time running out the Wildcats had a need to move the ball down the field quickly Ponca City went to a sidelines passing game and Welch completed two passes to get the ball to midfield. Then his next pass was picked off by Marcellus Owens of Guthrie and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. With the kick, the Bluejays had scored 14 points in less than one minute of action. READ MORE www.poncacitynews.com/articles/last-minute-big-plays-doom-wildcats-at-guthrie/


Newkirk Overcomes Blackwell

| September 09, 2018

NEWKIRK — The Newkirk Tigers found themselves in a 14-0 hole Friday night in its game against the Blackwell Maroons.

But then they bounced back to win the game 46-20 in a battle of Kay County rivals.

The Tigers still trailed 14-12 at the half, but then took the game over in the second half building a 46-14 lead. The Maroons scored their final points late in the game.

Laike Wilhelm had a big game for the Tigers scoring five touchdowns and amassing 363 yards on 25 carries.

Newkirk quarterback Colby Case had 73 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

“We came out a little flat in the first half, but then we got it going,” Newkirk Graham Snelding said.

He also had praise for Wilhelm.

“He’s a special back. To have a player like him makes a coach’s job easier.”

The Tigers are now 2-0 on the year with victories over Tonkawa and Blackwell.

The next opponent will be the Pawnee Black Bears Friday at Pawnee.


Prue Tops Deer Creek-Lamont

| September 09, 2018

PRUE — The Prue Rockets jumped out to a lead in the first half and then held on to defeat the Deer Creek-Lamont Eagles 35-6 in a nondistrict game Friday.

Prue scored first early in the first quarter on a 46-yard run by Jace Horton. Jaden Reed kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0.

DCLA came back to score a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter. Tobyn Snow ran the ball into the end zone from five yards out. The two-point conversion pass failed and Prue’s lead was 7-6.

The Rockets then scored a touchdown 42 seconds later as Horton ran the final 11 yards for a touchdown. The extra point kick attempt was wide and Prue’s lead was now 13-6. WIth 1:54 left in the half, Prue again scored with Kevin Daniel running 20 yards for six points. The extra point kick again failed, but Prue led 19-6. Then on the last play of the half, Darren Rapien caught a 60-yard bomb from Horton for a touchdown. Horton passed to Chris Hendrix for two points and the halftime tally was 27-6.

The final score came with 1:32 left in the third quarter when Reed caught a 10-yard pass from Horton. A pass from Horton to Reed made the score 35-6, where it was when the game ended.

DCLA had some success passing the ball with Palladin Compala completing 17 passes for 134 yards.

His top receiver were Dawson Silks, who caught six for 72 yards and Snow, who caught seven for 49 yards. Compala was the leading Eagle rusher with 12 carries for 37 yards. Silks had 10 carries for 31 yards.

The Eagles are now 1-2 and will travel to Pond Creek Friday for a non-district game against the Pond Creek-Hunter Panthers.


Morrison Shuts Out Pawnee

| September 09, 2018

MORRISON — The Morrison Wildcats opened district play with an impressive 24-0 victory over next-door neighbor Pawnee.

The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, but then Morrison took charge in the second half to post the victory.

The Wildcats took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 74 yards down the field with quarterback Guner Womack ending the drive with a four-yard touchdown run. Womack ran successfully for a two-point conversion to put the home team ahead 8-0.

Still in the third quarter, Morris scored again on a 10-yard run by Levi Hawkins Again it was Womack who added two points with a run.

Ryker Hughes added the final touchdown in the fourth period on a 15-yard run. Braden Bales scored the two-point conversion catching a pass from Womack.

Morrison controlled the clock in the second half, scoring a touchdown on every possession.

The Wildcats allowed Pawnee only 105 yards on the ground, while picking up 284 themselves.

“Pawnee is a good defensive team,” Morrison Coach Cory Bales said. “We knew going into the game they would challenge us.”

Morrison is now 3-0 and was ranked No. 1 in Class A in the poll conducted by The Associated Press.

Next on the schedule is a game Friday at Pawhuska against the Huskies.


Bucs Overwhelm Langston Hughes

| September 07, 2018


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TONKAWA —Braydon Hampton ran for five touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Tonkawa Bucs to a 51-0 win over Langston Hughes Academy Thursday night.

The Bucs parlayed five turnovers by the Scholars into touchdowns.

Langston Hughes turned the ball over seven times — four by interceptions to Parker Miller, Cameron Grein, Jayden Myer and Nathan Anderson; and three fumbles recovered by Austin Sharp, JB Burns and Peyton Day.

It was the first District A-5 game for the Bucs and improved their record to 2-1 for the young season. The Scholars fall to 0-2.

Hampton, Tonkawa’s senior quarterback, rushed for 228 yards on 23 carries. The Bucs were led defensively by junior linebacker Peyton Day, who had 11 tackles, five behind the line of scrimmage.

Day also ran for a touchdown and rushed for 144 yards on just 18 carries. Brother Kai Day, a freshman, scored the other Buc TD on a pass from Hampton.

Carson Robinson kicked a 36 yard field goal set up by a 61 yard run by Peyton Day.

Tonkawa goes to Drumright Friday, Sept. 14, in another key district contest.

Tonkawa 51 Lang.-Hu. 0

Tonkawa — 14-20-14-3–51

L-H — 0-0-0-0–0

Tonkawa, 6-0 — Braydon Hampton 10 run 10:12 first quarter (run failed) 15 yards in 2 plays after Parker Miller interception.

Tonkawa, 14-0 — Hampton 7 run 1:12 first quarter (Kai Day pass from Hampton) 25 yards in 7 plays after Austin Sharp fumble recovery.

Tonkawa, 21-0 — Hampton 11 run 8:59 second quarter (Carson Robinson kick) 47 yards in 7 plays

Tonkawa, 28-0 — Hampton 36 run 8:43 second quarter (Robinson kick) 36 yards in 1 play after JB Burns kickoff fumble recovery.

Tonkawa, 34-0 — Hampton 70 run 2:48 second quarter (kick failed) 85 yards in 6 plays after Cameron Grein interception.

Tonkawa, 41-0 — Kai Day 30 pass from Hampton 9:47 third quarter (Robinson kick) 62 yards in 6 plays

Tonkawa, 48-0 — Peyton Day 2 run 6:40 third quarter (Robinson kick) 18 yards in 5 plays after Peyton Day fumble recovery.

Tonkawa, 51-0 — Robinson 34 field goal 9:46 fourth quarter (91 yards in 9 plays


Ninth Grade Wildcats Win First Two Games

| September 07, 2018

The ninth grade Ponca City Wildcats football has won its first two games.

On Aug. 30, the Wildcats defeated Glenpool 7-6 and on Monday they defeated Enid 20-6.

Against Glenpool, Ponca City put together a 15-play drive to start the game that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Ayden Kreger. Elijah Phillips added the extra point to make the score 7-0.

Ninth grade coach Brad Parent said, “It was a great way to start the game, a 15 play drive that took 8 and one-half minutes off the clock. We had numerous players making plays to keep the drive going. Glenpool only got to run one offensive play in the first quarter.”

The remainder of the game was dominated by the defense on both sides. The Ponca City defense came up big as Glenpool chose to go for it on several fourth downs. Devin Zimmerschied had one of the biggest fourth down stops as Glenpool faked a punt.

Glenpool was able to score late in the game on a 19 yard pass. It went for two points and Ponca City’s Elijah Phillips intercepted the pass.

After that Ponca City was able to run the clock out to win the game.

Against Enid, Ponca City again was able to score first. Lane Scholey scored on a 7 touchdown run. Phillips added the kick to make the score 7-0

After that it began to rain and it was tough to do much the rest of the first half.

The Wildcat defense stepped up to start the third quarter and forced Enid to punt from around its 10 yard line. Tyson Dewberry returned the punt 47 yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, but Ponca City led 13-0.

During the third quarter Ponca City’s Issac Valencia intercepted a pass to stop a drive.

Midway through the fourth quarter Ponca scored again on a three yard run by Alexzander Mayse. Phillips added the extra point to make the score 20-0

Enid was able to score late in the game,

“We had several players making plays on defense throughout the game,” Parent said. “We were a little sluggish on offense to start the game. I’m sure it had to deal with playing on Labor Day and not going to school.”

The next game for the freshmen will be at home Thursday vs. Blackwell junior varsity. The game will be played after the seventh and eighth grade games. The seventh grade game starts at 5 p.m.


Wildcats Preparing For Talented Guthrie Bluejays

| September 06, 2018

News Sports Editor

After a tough loss last week to old rival Enid, the Ponca City Wildcats have turned their attention to this week’s opponent, the Guthrie Bluejays

The two teams will face off Friday in Guthrie. The Ponca City-Guthrie contest has become an early-season tradition in recent years, with the Bluejays having dominated the series. Guthrie annually is one of the top Class 5A football programs in Oklahoma.

Last week Ponca City scored first and led at halftime 13-6 before the visiting Plainsmen scored a pair of second half touchdowns. The Wildcats were thwarted at the goal line in the finals minute of the contest before losing 20-13.

Ponca City Coach Scott Harmon looks at this week’s opponent as being a well-coached team that has done a great job in its first two games this year taking advantage of turnovers. READ MORE…..


Sandites Win Here

| September 06, 2018

Sand Springs erupted for eight runs in the second inning Wednesday on its way to an 11-0 victory over the Ponca City Lady Cats at the West Middle School softball field.

The Lady Cats bats were held in check during the contest, as they picked up only two hits in the five-inning game.

It was a district contest and Sand Springs is at the top of the district, along with Broken Arrow, not yet having lost a district contest.

Sandites Win Here


Scoring First Touchdown An Honor For Wohl

| September 05, 2018


News Sports Editor

The honor of having scored the Ponca City Wildcats first touchdown of 2018 belongs to Eli Wohl.

And the Wildcat junior receiver-safety truly counts it as an honor.

“It was a dream come true,” he said when asked what was going through his mind. “I hadn’t really played offense since I was in ninth grade and to look up in the stands and see the fans really get into it was really cool.”

The first touchdown of the season came relatively soon in Friday’s opening game with the Enid Plainsmen at Sullins Stadium. Not long after the Wildcats took possession on an Enid fumble, quarterback Kyter Welch passed to Wohl on a play that covered 29 yards and ended in a touchdown. Only two minutes had ticked off the game clock.

The pass was a timing play with Wohl breaking through the middle and it worked like it had been drawn up. Wohl ran relatively untouched into the end zone. READ MORE…..


Lady Cats Lose Tough Match

| September 05, 2018


News Sports Editors

It is not in the DNA of coaches to enjoy losing. Ponca City Lady Cat volleyball coach Jaimee Miller is no exception.

But she was able to sport a big smile after her team lost a tough match played Tuesday at Po-Hi, 3 sets to 2 to the Broken Arrow Lady Tigers

“I am very proud of my team. They fought to the very end,” she said.

What helped bring about the coach’s smile is that her team forced a Top 10 ranked team to play a tiebreaker set. Broken Arrow, almost always very good in volleyball, came to the match ranked No. 9 in Class 6A by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association ranking system.

Broken Arrow won the first set 25-22, Ponca City took the second 28-26, Broken Arrow rolled to an 25-13 win in the third set, but Ponca City came back to claim the fourth set 25-18 and force the tiebreaker, which the visitors won 15-9. READ MORE…..


Wildcats Lose Hard Fought Battle to Enid Plainsmen

| September 02, 2018

Those who paid their way in to see Friday’s high school football game between the Ponca City Wildcats and the Enid Plainsmen certainly got their money’s worth.

Unfortunately for those sitting on the Ponca City side of the field, the final score wasn’t quite in their team’s favor. Enid was able to claim a 20-13 victory.

But the game was a good one, going right down to the wire, with Ponca City threatening to score what might be the tying or even winning touchdown only to be stopped inside the one-yard line with 37 seconds on the clock. READ MORE…..


Morrison Dominates Crescent

| September 02, 2018

MORRISON — In what was willed as a battle between two highly ranked teams, the Morrison Wildcats came away with a resounding 43-12 victory over the Crescent Tigers.

In the preseason poll conducted by The Associated Press, Crescent was ranked No. 3 in Class A and Morrison was No. 4.

Friday, it was all Morrison as the Wildcats controlled the game from the beginning to the end.

Morrison’s five-star running back Ryker Hughes was at his usual efficient self.

Hughes scored four touchdowns and picked up 168 yards on 23 carries. Those statistics were earned in three-quarters of action as the Morrison starters all hit the bench in the fourth period. READ MORE…..


Woodland Buries Sayre Eagles

| September 02, 2018

The game was tied 14-14 at half, but then the Cougars broke things open in the second half.

The game was marked by a long kickoff return by Justus Jones and a punt return by C. W. Moore.

It was the second week in a row that the Cougars came out strong in the second half. Last week they eventually lost 39-20 to Crescent after a big deficit at the half.

Next week Woodland will be at home for its initial District A-5 game against the Pawhuska Huskies.


X-Country Teams Run in Big Meet

| September 02, 2018

MIDWEST CITY — The Ponca City cross country teams participated in the mammoth Carl Albert Titan Cross Country Invitational Friday.

The varsity boys finished 15th while the varsity girls were 16th.

Justin Thompson was the top runner for the Wildcats varsity boys finishing 30th with a time of 17:53.7 on the 5K course.

The other Ponca City runners were Jacob Fulk, 79th at 19:35; Gage Snyder, 86th at 19:42.5; Nathan Alvarez, 89th at 19:48.7; Andrew Mitchell, 102nd, 20:06.6; and Stockton Lee, 111th, 20:24.4.

Kennedy Brown was the top runner for the Ponca City varsity girls. She completed the 5K course in 23:30.2.

Other varsity runners from Ponca City were Trinity Regier, 62nd, 24:22.1; Kaylee Pruitt, 70th, 24:52.3; Jana Branch, 93rd, 26:20.1; Abby Williams, 107th, 28:04.3; Kirsten Bales, 117th, 29:09.9; and Felicity Lawver, 119th, 29:30.6. READ MORE…..


Northern Women Beaten

| September 02, 2018

TONKAWA —Northern Oklahoma College’s Lady Mavs soccer team dropped its home opener Wednesday to 12th ranked Butler (Kan.) 4-0 in Tonkawa.

Butler scored two goals in each half, the final goal coming in the game’s final minutes.

NOC’s best opportunity to avoid the shut out came late in the second half when a shot hit the goal post.

13th ranked NOC (0-2) had defeated Butler (2-2) the previous two meetings.

The Lady Mavs will open NJCAA Region 2 play Sept. 6 hosting NEO at 2 p.m.


PONCA CITY WILDCATS – 2018 Varsity Schedule

Aug. 31 —Enid at Ponca City

Sept. 7 — at Guthrie

Sept. 14 — Collinsville at Ponca City

Sept. 21 — at Muskogee

Sept. 28 — at Shawnee

Oct. 5 — Bixby at Ponca City (Homecoming)

Oct. 12— Sand Springs at Ponca City

Oct. 18— at Bartlesville

Oct. 26 — B. T. Washington at Ponca City

Nov. 2 — at Sapulpa


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