Noble defeats Newcastle, 41-12; Racers off before Blanchard game
The Newcastle Racers football team lost its second game of the season last Friday night on the road with a 41-12 loss to the Class 5A Noble Bears.
Noble missed the state playoffs last year. But, the Bears made the Class 5A playoffs the previous two seasons. The Bears lost to Tahlequah, 34-7, in the first round in 2016. They lost to Bishop McGuinness, 38-10, in the Class 5A semi-finals in 2017.
Noble (which went 4-6 a year ago and missed the playoffs) are looking amped to return to the state playoffs. In the first quarter, quarterback Austin Fisher tossed a 10-yard pass to Jay Smith on fade pattern and Kolby Dismuke kicked the point-after attempt through the uprights for a quick 7-0 Noble lead.
Then, Fisher tossed another touchdown pass later in the period - this time to Dustin Whitmire with 6:31 left in the period. After Dismuke’s PAT kick was good again, the Bears held a 14-0 lead over Newcastle.
The Racers’ first score was a 2-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Shumard to receiver Jordan Teagan into the end zone. They took advantage of a personal foul by Noble during the drive. But, the PAT kick was no good and left Newcastle behind, 14-6.
In the second quarter, Fisher ran 10 yards on a quarterback sneak for Noble’s third touchdown of the game. After Dismuke’s good PAT kick, the score stood at 21-6 in favor of the Bears.
Fisher then hooked up with receiver L.T. Taylor for a 10-yard scoring strike late in the first half. After Dismuke’s PAT attempt was good, the score was 28-6 in favor of Noble.
Fisher had another rushing touchdown in the third quarter for the Bears. He ran the ball 10 yards into the end zone and Dismuke kicked another PAT for a commanding 35-6 lead for Noble.
Running back Ezra Elkins finished Noble’s scoring on the night with a short 1-yard burst. Dismuke’s PAT kick was no good, leaving the Bears with a 41-6 advantage over the Racers.
In the fourth quarter, Shumard connected with Teagan again for a 2-yard touchdown pass. Newcastle’s PAT kick was no good, however, and that knotted the final score at 41-12 in favor of Noble.
Noble’s defense set the tone early in the game, forcing Newcastle into two straight “three downs and out” to start the contest. It was Noble’s season opener and the Bears responded well. Last year, Noble beat Newcastle, 42-21.
Meanwhile, the Racers will be off this week. Newcastle’s next game will be its home opener at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, against the Blanchard Lions. Blanchard is a surprising 0-1 after the first week, having dropped a 35-20 decision to Elgin last Friday.
But, the Lions (coached by Jeff Craig) were 9-3 a year ago and made the Class 4A playoffs, ending with a 36-14 loss to Poteau in the state quarterfinals. Blanchard is led by senior running back Bryce Madron, who rushed for 1,743 yards and a whopping 32 touchdowns last year as a junior.