Panthers win rivalry tilt

Mike Tupa

It will have to be ‘wait ’til next year’ again for the Caney Valley High School Trojan football team against rival Barnsdall High School.

Or maybe a bit longer.

Barnsdall powered to a 69-6 victory in Friday’s season-opening clash in Ramona.

Panther head coach Kylee Sweeney improved to 4-0 against Caney Valley, which means he is unbeaten in season openers during his four-year tenure.

So, is his senior class — which is on a mission this year to get back to the playoffs and make a strong postseason run toward glory.

It was those Panther upperclassmen that led the way in Friday’s win.

Senior quarterback Joe Cole redefined the concept of a human torch.

He blistered the Trojan defense on 9-of-12 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 32 yards and another score, intercepted three passes and recorded two pick-sixes, blocked a punt and blocked an extra point.

Oh, and he also made five tackles.

“He had a really good game,” Sweeney said, making an homage to the art of understatement.

Senior tailback Michael Marin left scorch marks all over the Caney Valley field while running for 160 yards and four touchdowns — on 14 carries.

Marin also pulled in a couple of receptions.

Senior receiver Heath Moles rounded out Barnsdall’s extra-natural trio.

Moles snared five receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns — one of his scores covering 92 yards.

Two other stellar standouts included Keegan Marin (65 yards rushing, touchdown) and Braden Kelly (one catch for 40 yards, 6-of-8 extra points kicked).

Carson Auschwitz made only one scoring play — but it was the type that sticks in the mind.

Off a bobbled snap on an extra point, Auschwitz worked toward the end zone and received a pass. As Auschwitz was sliding down, he managed to drag both feet inside the foul line to score the two-pointer.

Sweeney said the officials told him afterward that Auschwitz’s heady recovery was like a NFL play.

Another Barnsdall offensive highlight was a 10-yard completion from Keegan Marin to Maverick Wilson.

On the defensive side for Barnsdall, Matthew Lucas made five tackles and a sack, Cash Perrier recorded three tackles for loss and a sack, and Wilson picked off a pass.

Sweeney also praised the grittiness of Caney Valley freshman quarterback Zak Wallis.

“They’re going to have chance to so some stuff with him,” Sweeney said. “He’s going to be successful. He’s a hard-nosed player.”

But, whether or not Caney Valley and Barnsdall meet in the next few upcoming seasons will depend on Barnsdall’s student population trend.

Right now, it appears like Barnsdall might drop to eight-man football next year, Sweeney said.

But, that’s in the future.

The present of Barnsdall football appears very promising.

“I think if we stay healthy we could be successful,” Sweeney summarized.

Caney Valley is slated for a bye Friday and plays Oklahoma Union on Sept. 13. Barnsdall plays host Friday to Afton for Homecoming.