Panthers tumble to Morrison

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Michael Marin, no. 5, scrambles and looks for a receiver while Ely Reese, no. 67, hustles to try and give Marin some protection. Robert Smith/Journal-Capital

BARNSDALL — The Morrison Wildcats ground out a dominant 46-14 win Friday over the Barnsdall Panthers in district play. Barnsdall fell to 4-3 and is scheduled to be on the road next versus Pawnee, which is 3-3.

Morrison improved to 6-0 and will be at home next against 6-1 Tonkawa.

Barnsdall got off to a slow start against Morrison, with four holding calls marring its first three possessions. The last of that string of holding calls cost the Panthers a touchdown.

Morrison scored first, going up 8-0 with 1:47 left in the first quarter. The Wildcats went up 16-0 with 8:48 left in the first half, scoring on a quarterback keeper to cap a short drive following a punt return that put the ball at about the Barnsdall 25-yard line.

Joe Smith put the Panthers on the board with 4:11 left in the half, scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run. The Panthers went for two, converted, and narrowed the count to 16-8. Morrison went on to lead 24-8 at the half, and 38-14 after three quarters.

Smith was Barnsdall’s offensive spark plug in the Morrison game. He also set up the team’s other touchdown for the evening, taking the ball to the Morrison 5-yard line on a long run in the third quarter. Ky Allen capped the drive on a short touchdown run with 4:13 left in the third stanza.

The Barnsdall offense was hampered Friday by the absence of quarterback Joe Cole, who watched on crutches from the sideline. Cole was injured in the second half of the Panthers’ 50-36 win Sept. 28 against Langston Hughes. Coach Kylee Sweeney initially had thought Cole might be back in time for the Morrison game, but he remained out-of-action.

Michael Marin, who usually is one of Cole’s best pass receivers, filled in at quarterback against Morrison. Joe Smith and Ky Allen joined Marin as the team’s primary rushers for the evening.