By Jennifer Wynne
The Bridge Creek Bobcats hosted the John Marshall Bears last Friday night. Early in the game, senior Mason Trevino scored for the Bobcats taking an early lead of 6-0 against the Bears. With 1:50 left in the first quarter, sophomore Tyler Martinez intercepted a throw from John Marshal and ran it back to the 1-yard line. Trevino then took the ball in to the end zone, and the Bobcats continue their lead 12-0 at the end of the first quarter.
With 8:23 left in the 2nd quarter, the game was postponed due to lightening and was rescheduled to resume Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
It was clear Saturday that John Marshall went home Friday night and did their homework. With adjustments made, the Bears immediately got on the board and scored twice in the remainder of the first half bringing the score to 12-12 at the half.
After the half, John Marshall came back out even stronger and scored an additional three touchdowns in the third quarter taking the score toe to 36-12 with the Bobcats unable to answer to any of those points. The Bears put two more touchdowns on the scoreboard before the end of the game taking the final score to 50-12.
The Bobcats will travel on the road to face Blanchard this Thursday.
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle Racers traveled to Elk City last Friday to hand a 41-12 victory to the Elks and extend their undefeated streak to six games.
"I was proud of the kids for having a slow start, but they kept going and never quit. We fought through it well," said head coach Keith Bolles.
Elk City won the coin toss but deferred to the second half leaving Newcastle to receive the ball to start the game. Despite several drives from both teams, the game was still scoreless at the end of the first quarter.
"We started very slow. We had a turnover in our first series, but our defense was really solid," Bolles said.
A touchdown pass from 20 yards out put Elk City up 6-0 after a missed point after touchdown, PAT, kick attempt. This was the first time all season a team has been ahead of the Racers during a game; it was a brief lived moment. Senior running back Zach Bergt ran the ball in for a touchdown on a two-yard carry midway through the second quarter. An extra point from the PAT kick put Newcastle ahead 7-6 going into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Racers did not delay. Newcastle picked off an Elk City pass in Elk territory. That was then followed with senior quarterback Casey Freeman running the ball in on a quarter back draw from ten yards out. Another extra point from a PAT kick and Newcastle secured their lead 14-6.
A scoring spree by the Racers left the Elks behind 41-6 at the end of the third quarter. The action during the Racers spree saw another interception for the Racers along with four more touchdowns: a 25-yard touchdown pass from Freeman to senior wide receiver Glenn Cerny, a 25-yard touchdown pass from Freeman to senior wide receiver Ben Persall and two touchdown runs by Zach Bergt.
"It is really good when the defense gives the offense the ball six times behind their 40 yard line," said offensive coodinator Scott O'Hara.
In the fourth quarter, Elk City tried to mount a comeback from the devastation in the third with a punt return that resulted in an Elk touchdown. The Racers quickly put an end to an Elk City determination by shutting down their offense and handing them a 41-12 victory.
Newcastle is now 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district play. They will return to action on Friday on their own turf versus the Clinton Red Tornados. The Red Tornados are coming off of a 27-13 victory against Elgin but are 2-4 for the season.
Bolles warned their record is deceiving and that Clinton has played some hard, close games with some tough opponents.
"They have a good offense and a running back that is the real deal, along with other players that have stepped up," he said. "It will be a good game to watch."
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle Racers hosted the Woodward Boomers last Friday and shut them out 12-0 in their 2014 Homecoming game.
Spirits were high last Friday as the Homecoming festivities began. A parade at 1:30 p.m. started the day with 33 float entries driving through town throwing candy and other goodies to crowds lined on the sidewalk.
A carnival followed the parade over by the Library. Booths were set up and run by students with games to entertain children. From car smashing to kisses by cheerleaders, there was fun for everyone in attendance.
The tailgating began at 5 p.m. with people bringing all sorts of dishes and grilling pork chops, burgers, steaks, and hotdogs. As the time for the Homecoming ceremony drew near, the stadium filled with people and at 6:45 p.m. the royalty marched onto the sidelines. Two by two they were announced as they walked on the field.
When the moment came Jordyn LeClaire was named Homecoming Queen along with her escort Colton Bridges as Homecoming King. The crowd cheered.
The focus was then switched to the game at hand. The student section was in especially high spirits.
"What a great job by our student body coming up with those signs themselves," said head coach Keith Bolles, "and a big thank you for the intros on the jumbo-tron Nate Owens put together for us."
The Racers took an early lead but not by much in the first quarter when senior wide receiver Parker Bolles caught a long pass and ran the remaining ten yards into the end zone. Newcastle was unable to secure the point after touchdown kick and took a 6-0 lead.
That lead carried throughout the remainder of the half, with Woodward threatening several times but unable to put points on the board.
In the third period the game went back and forth with Woodward just on the brink of scoring before Newcastle’s defense would shut them down. Senior wide receiver Brady Davis caught a touchdown pass in the end zone. Once again the Racers were unable to gain any point after touchdown points and went ahead 12-0.
This remained the score till the end when the Racers ran out the clock.
"I thought the defensive, especially the front seven played well," Bolles said. "I think Zach and Parker did a great job of stringing it out when they tried to go outside. Colton Bridges, Tanner White, Dakota Norman and Tanner Robertson did a great job when they tried to go between the tackles. Our safeties were there to fill when they needed," he said.
Newcastle had 23 first downs compared to Woodwards 13. In total plays the Racers snapped 63 balls while the Boomers only snapped 54.
"That was a good hard fought game," Bolles said.
Senior quarterback Casey Freeman once again put up triple digit passing yards, 196 on 14 throws. Senior running back Zach Bergt lead the Racers in rushing with 121 yards on 22 carries.
Friday the Racers will travel to Elk City for their next district game. The Elks come into the game with a 3-2 record after defeating the Elgin Owls 22-21 last week.
The Racers remain undefeated with a 5-0 record overall and a 2-0 district record.
"It is a very long road trip. It's a district game and that is how we are looking at it. They are coming off a big win against Elgin." he said. "It's probably going to be the longest trip we have had in a long time. We are going to go there, see what we can do and take care of business."
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle football team handed Cache a 26-11 district defeat last Friday to remain undefeated for the season with a 4-0 overall and 1-0 district record.
"I think our defense played outstanding. We had some turn-overs, but we also created some turn-overs," head coach Keith Bolles said.
The first quarter of action saw nothing more than Cache inside Newcastle's 20-yard line, however the Bulldogs were unable to make it into the end zone due to a Racer interception.
In the second quarter, Newcastle was first to make it on the board when senior quarterback Casey Freeman hit junior wide receiver Cory Hill for a 16-yard touchdown pass. The point-after-touchdown kick was missed, Newcastle went ahead 6-0.
With five minutes left in the half, senior running back Zach Bergt found his way into the end zone on a five-yard carry. Sophomore kicker Hunter Everett placed the ball between the goal post to put the Racers ahead 13-0. The answer from Cache was an offensive drive that ended with a 35-yard field goal from kicker Austin Greene. This put the score at 13-3 at halftime.
To start off the second half, Cache kicked off to Newcastle who had deferred after winning the coin toss. Offensively the Racers march down the field within Cache's red zone. Freeman scrambles around behind the line and takes off on a ten-yard run to score another touchdown for Newcastle. The Racers tried for a two-point conversion but the attempt failed.
After a big stop by the Newcastle defense, which included another interception by Hill, Bergt managed to find the end zone again on a 25-yard rush that was followed by a point-after-touchdown kick from Everett to put the Racers up 26-3. Cache responded with a touchdown and a two-point conversion that was successful, but there was not enough time left in the game for the Bulldogs to play catch-up. The game ended 26-11.
"There were some things that went against us like the long drive down there, having to be finished warming up and be off the field forty minutes prior to the game," Bolles said. "I felt good after the fact. Our kids had all these disadvantages, but were still able to come in and get a fifteen-point victory in a district game."
Casey Freeman managed to have another great passing game with 142 yards on 11 catches, one of which was for a touchdown. Zach Bergt led the Racers rushing with 77 yards on 15 carries. In the receiving game, senior wide receiver Parker Bolles took over the statistics with 46 yards on 2 catches, although Hill had the only touchdown pass of the night.
Newcastle will return home to take on the Woodward Boomers for their homecoming game on Friday. Woodward is currently 3-1 for their season. The Boomers are coming off a 22-7 win over the Elgin Owls in a 4A District 1 game.
Homecoming can be both a motivation and a distraction, Bolles said.
"The things I worry about are kids working on floats, staying out a little bit later and not getting the proper nutrition. We will stress things like that this week," he said. "Homecoming is a great thing for our town and community, because it is such a special event. We just have to remind our kids that they still have a job, to prepare to take care of Woodward."
By Cody Johnson
The air was tense when the Newcastle fans traveled to Blanchard last Friday for their annual rivalry game, more tense than usual. The tailgating continued the same as before every game with lots of homemade food and grilled meats but one thing was for sure, Newcastle was here on business.
Who could blame them?
Rumors began to surface on Thursday that someone in Blanchard had placed a "bounty" on Newcastle's senior quarterback Casey Freeman and senior running back Zach Bergt to be injured. But nothing could be confirmed beyond word of mouth.
One thing that was officially reported by Freeman's family, his truck had been vandalized.
Police escorts led the Newcastle buses onto Blanchard's campus no more than thirty minutes before the game was set to start. The Racers warmed up at home after the vandalism and potential threats took place. A few plays by the offense and defense along with some quick stretching was the only warm up performed by the Racers after their arrival in Lion territory.
From the first kick-off it was apparent both teams were here to play. The game was filled with diving leg tackles, lots of cutting by linemen, and what appeared to be jabs at each other, as the piles were slow to get up. In summary, it was a typical rivalry game.
Unwavering Casey Freeman led the Racers’ offensive in an unrelenting charge throughout to score 21 points, while the Racers' defense shutout the Lions with 100 tackles for the game.
As Newcastle racked up the points, their student section became louder and louder. Signs were held up, drums were beat, and towards the end of the game a lion’s head mask was hung from a flag pole and waved around as the students sang "na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye."
Freeman threw the ball for 134 yards and ran for another 20.
Bergt ran the ball for 76 yards on 15 carries, one of which was for a touchdown. Junior wide receiver Gavin Garner had hands of gold receiving for 62 yards and one amazing 41-yard catch.
Senior defensive linemen Tanner Robertson and junior linebacker Ty Smith made big tackles for the defense, each with a total of 13 for the night. Senior Shane Martin earned the most solo tackles however with six. Senior linebacker Parker Bolles was the only Racer to sack the Lions' quarterback.
Junior Cory Hill and Freeman both intercepted the ball for 19 yards and 13 yards respectively.
The Newcastle Racers are currently 3-0 for the season. Next week they will begin district play at Cache. Cache is currently 2-1 for their season having lost to Iowa Park Texas 12-38 before beating Hobart 36-26 and Chickasha 35-14.
Every game the Racers play between now and Nov. 7 will be district contests and will determine if they will make it to the playoffs, 3-0 is a great start.
By Cody Johnson
Sulphur defeated the Bridge Creek Bobcats last Friday night 25-44 when they came to town, despite quite a fight from Bridge Creek.
The Bobcats were down 0-13 by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter did not see much action until the sophomore wide receiver Jack Williams caught a pass and ran it into the end zone putting Bridge Creek on the board. The point after touchdown kick was good.
In the second half Sulphur put up another six points and tried for a two-point conversion, but the Bridge Creek defense stopped them. Another touchdown and extra point kick by Sulphur towards the end of the third quarter left the score at 27-25.
Senior wide receiver Mason Trevino caught a deep pass from senior quarterback Jimmy Wynne and ran the ball in for Bridge Creek's second touchdown, but the point after touchdown attempt was blocked.
This was answered with another Sulphur touchdown, which fired up the Bobcats. Trevino ran the ball on a 40-yard carry to score again for Bridge Creek.
Sulphur once again ran into the end zone with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter taking the score to 19-44.
Despite the little time left, Bridge Creek managed to score again, but was unable to overcome Sulphur. Bobcats fell 25-44.
By Cody Johnson
Led by senior quarterback Casey Freeman, Newcastle handed a crushing defeat, 45-13, to Tuttle last Friday in their first home game of the season.
The last time the Racers overcame the Tigers was over a decade ago in 2003. Winning the first two games of the season is a new feeling for Newcastle, having played Tuttle within those games in previous years.
"I think we played pretty well from the start. That opening drive was a big one especially going into the wind," head coach Keith Bolles said. "We scored within three and half minutes then defense went out and got a big stop. We got the ball back and scored again."
With protection from his offensive linemen, Freeman marched down the field leading the Racers in rushing with 106 yards and threw for an additional 237 yards. Freeman ran in two touchdowns personally and threw another two to Ben Persall in a 39-yard pass and a 17-yard pass each for a touchdown. One of those touchdown runs by Freeman can be viewed on The Newcastle Pacer Facebook page.
"One of the best things about our defense is that we have had quite a few three and out, which keeps our offensive churning on the field," Bolles said.
Sophomore kicker Hunter Everett was consistent in his kicking game obtaining six point-after-touchdown kicks. Everett also kicked a 39-yard field goal for the Racers.
Senior running back Zach Bergt dominated the field with a total of 38 yards rushing on 14 carries, one of which included a 3-yard run into the end zone. Senior Colton Scott also carried the ball well with a 3-yard run for a touchdown later in the game.
The Racers seemed to dominate the Tigers throughout the whole game and the statistics show it. Newcastle's offense ran 73 plays while Tuttle's offense only ran 55 plays.
"Defensively our two inside linebackers Colten Scott and Ty Smith played outstanding," Bolles said. "When you hold a team that is the caliber of Tuttle to sixteen or seventeen yards in a half, that's an impressive outing."
Newcastle marched down the field gaining 26 first downs, while the Racers’ defense held the Tigers' offense to 9 first downs. Newcastle also led the way in penalties, having nine called against them, losing 70 yards throughout the game. The Tigers only had three penalties, losing 29 yards.
This win took Newcastle up in the state rankings, placing them at second in class 4A behind Anadarko who also holds a 2-0 record for the season. In the overall rankings of Oklahoma schools Anadarko holds the third place ranking behind Jenks and Union, while Newcastle holds the 17 ranked position.
However, the most anticipated game in class 4A between Newcastle and Anadarko will not have to wait until the playoffs. It will take place at Newcastle in the regular season on October 31.
With the Tigers at their back, the Racers are looking to hit the road Friday to take on the Blanchard Lions on their own turf. Blanchard defeated Tuttle 39-27 in an all out brawl in week one of the season, after losing to Kingfisher in a scrimmage the week before.
During week two of the season, Blanchard lost to Casady in a 43-21 defeat. Their current ranking stands at 5 for class 3A and 28 in the overall state rankings. The Lions hold a 4.5-yard average on their rushing and a 15.2-yard average on their passing.
"They have some big offensive linemen. They run the ball and throw the ball really well. Coach Craig over the last couple years has been in the state finals twice. They have an experienced team," Bolles commented. "Overall they are just a really good team. This game and the ones over the last couple weeks are preparing us for our district play."
Despite winning Fans' Choice Player of the Week after his first week's performance, Blanchard's senior quarterback Kanon Kirchner's season totals on Maxpreps.com say he has rushed for 125 yards and has passed for 285 yards, statistics that are eerily close to Newcastle's senior quarterback Casey Freeman's single game statistics against Tuttle. Kirchner did sit out of last week's game briefly after some hard hits.
Newcastle is not relaxing in their training. Head coach Keith Bolles continues to push the Racers to improve each and every day, working towards an undefeated season one game at a time.
"We aren't really going to change a lot this week. Our goal each week is to go in and get better and improve on last week's performance. That's why we watch film. We are going to correct some of the mistakes we made in the Tuttle ball game to prepare for the Blanchard ball game. Hopefully after ten weeks of that we will be where we want to be," Bolles said.
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle Racers rolled through Pauls Valley on their own field last Friday with a 47-7 win.
"The offense and defense executed really well," head coach Keith Bolles said.
Led by starting senior quarterback Casey Freeman, the offense marched over Pauls Valley's defense, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter putting the Racers ahead 21-0.
Senior running back Zach Bergt scored the first touchdown of the night on a 25-yard break away run. A 19-yard pass from Freeman to senior running back Kyle Rice followed soon after.
Driving down the field towards the end of the first quarter, Freeman ran a 1-yard quarterback sneak up the middle for the third touchdown. Sophomore Jose Ramirez kicked three field goals for extra points.
In the second quarter, the Racers didn’t slow down. A 32-yard pass to junior wide-receiver Gavin Garner from Freeman and another extra-point kick from Ramirez continued the Newcastle dominated game. Bergt ran in another touchdown from 61 yards out, however the extra point attempt was no good. This put the score at the end of the half at 34-0.
In the second half, Newcastle began rotating out their starting lineup after Freeman hit senior running back Whispern Williams with a 15-yard touchdown pass followed by another Ramirez kick for an extra point.
"They went in and did not want them to score, and I was really proud of them," Bolles said about the second-string players making a defensive stop ten yards shy of the end zone.
Pauls Valley was able to score one touchdown and extra point towards the end of the third quarter, however neither team put any points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
"Overall for the first night and having missed our second scrimmage, I was really pleased with our execution," Bolles said.
The Racers will return to action on Friday at home against the Tuttle Tigers at 7:30 p.m.
Tuttle is coming off a 27-39 home-field defeat that was handed to them by Blanchard last Friday in their season opener.
The Newcastle Racers football team continues to prepare for the upcoming season with a scrimmage on Thursday at home against Tecumseh and Mount Saint Mary. This will be the second and final scrimmage the Racers play in their pre-season schedule.
Last week Newcastle took on the Bethany Bronchos and the Harrah Panthers in a scrimmage on the Bronchos' field.
"For our first scrimmage, I was very pleased," Head Coach Keith Bolles said. "We have a pretty experienced team."
"It was really good for us from a defensive standpoint. We got to see people adjust and we got to see some things that we need to work on this week so we are ready for our next opponent," Bolles said.
Bethany showed the Racers a spread offensive lineup, not showing a running back most of the time. Harrah showed an opposite style offense with two backs on the field and double tight ends.
"Offensively, I felt like we did some really good things. Casey threw the ball well and receivers caught the ball well. Obviously they brought some different type sets that we haven’t seen a lot on or worked on so that’s some stuff we have drawn up now and gives us an opportunity to work on," Bolles said.
The scrimmage was set up with the Racers facing off 10 plays offense and 10 plays defense against each opponent. Newcastle played 30 snaps in a row and did not have any player cramp or have to come out, a fact Bolles attributes to their conditioning.
With seven players starting for their third year and 24 seniors, the Racers have pushed forward working hard in preparation for the season. They spend their last hour of the school day lifting and working on their cardio.
Once school lets out, their football practice begins. Having already taken care of cardio, they only have one focus on the field…. playing football.
Newcastle's first game of the season will be on September 5 at Pauls Valley at 7:30 p.m.
By Cody Johnson
The annual Pigskin Press Pass will be available on Aug. 28 with in-depth details about the 2014 Newcastle Racers and Bridge Creek Bobcats football season.
This year’s magazine includes insider looks at the Racer’s summer training program and camps, as well as each specific area of play. Looking to take district by storm and moving up to class 4A, the Racers will take on new opponents this year. Look at the Racers’ competition with the Pigskin Press Pass’s overview of each new school’s football history.
The 2014 issue also includes an in-depth view of the Bridge Creek Bobcats and their well-seasoned roster. Spreading their opponents out in a shotgun offense and changing their passing to running ratios to around 60-40 the Bobcats hold a tough lineup for the 2014 season.
With a new look and design the Pigskin Press Pass has more information about the community’s football players than ever before. Next year the magazine will expand even more to look at Blanchard’s pigskin players.
Copies of the Pigskin Press Pass can be found at newsstands with The Newcastle Pacer or extra copies can be picked up at The Pacer office 120 NE. 2nd St. # 102.