Newcastle buries Elk City Elks, 65-7; Weatherford Eagles next for Racers
The Newcastle Racers football team thrashed the Elk City Elks, 65-7, last Friday night on the road. Even with the inclement weather in western Oklahoma, the Racers managed to have their best offensive output (and one of their best defensive performances) of the season.
The last time the Newcastle squad scored more points was in 2017 and that was also against Elk City. That Racers squad, however, lost an 84-70 decision to the Elks in the process. This year was a different story, though.
Newcastle got on the scoreboard after Teagun Jordan ran for a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Quarterback Kyndell Rodgers (usually a receiver) then threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jake Cox for a 14-0 lead in the first period.
Rodgers found Jordan open for a blistering 77-yard touchdown pass on a 2nd-and-7 play to close out the first quarter and give the Racers a 21-7 lead. In the second quarter, Newcastle kept up the pace.
Running back Casey Porter found pay dirt twice in the second period on impressive sprints into the end zone. He had a 21-yard scoring jaunt and then a 38-yard touchdown run which gave the Racers a 35-7 lead going into halftime.
From there, it was all Newcastle as they already had the game in hand. A nice 63-yard scoring pass from Rodgers to Brandon Ramsey on a 4th-and-15 play gave the Racers a 59-7 lead in the third quarter.
Defensive tackle Adam Solbach recovered one of three Elk City fumbles at the 10-yard line in the fourth quarter. That set up the last score for the Racers. Simply, the game was all Newcastle.
The defense was led by Conner Seely, a sophomore defensive end who recorded six tackles and one quarterback sack. Senior Jacob Bruns recorded four tackles while Quentin Schane had a great game with six tackles.
For the game, Newcastle had a whopping 644 total yards of offense – 300 passing yards and 344 rushing yards. Elk City managed just 212 total yards offense – a measly 69 yards passing and 143 yards rushing.
Newcastle was great on third downs, converting 5-of-8, while Elk City was just 2-of-10 on third down tries. The game saw the Racers easily post their most total yards in a game this season, surpassing the 422 yards they amassed in a 24-17 loss at Anadarko on Oct. 4.
The victory for Newcastle brings their overall record to 4-4 and 3-2 in District 4A-1 while Elk City drops to 0-8 on the season. The Racers will host Weatherford at 7 p.m. this Friday night at Racer Field. Weatherford (6-2 overall, 4-1 in district) beat Cache, 35-26, last week.
This will be the last home game of the season for Newcastle. The Racers are 3-0 at home this year. One more victory and they will make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
But, it will be a tough game against the Weatherford Eagles, who are ranked No. 8 in Class 4A this week. Newcastle goes to Elgin on Nov. 8th for the last regular-season contest.