Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Sports

September 20, 2012

District play begins around the county

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marie@pvdemocrat.com — Wynnewood bye

Wynnewood will get to rest and recoup after three solid games as they are off this week. The Savages couldn’t find anyone to play this week that wasn’t someone else’s JV squad.

The Savages will get to go and scout some teams in person that they will play down the road.

Wayne at Elmore City-Pernell

The Elmore City-Pernell Badgers suffered their first loss last week on the road at Velma in a thriller. ECP returns to Wheeler Field this week but the task at hand is a huge one as the No. 2 team in Class A and defending State Champ Wayne comes to town.

Adding more interest to the game is the head coaches are brothers. ECP’s Sam Sharp will face brother Brandon and a couple of other relatives from Wayne.

Despite losing All-State running back Josh Way  to graduation, Wayne has not missed a beat behind quarterback Sam Martin and running back Louden Johnson.

The two have combined for over 600 yards on the ground and have accounted for 11 touchdowns between them.

The two combined for five touchdowns last week in a 42-13 win over Meeker. Wayne had over 350 yards in offense last week including 266 on the ground.

Defensively, Wayne has been stout all season giving up two touchdowns per game. Johnson and Lane Shephard lead the defensive effort with 41 tackles between them. Martin is the anchor in a secondary that has four interceptions on the year.

Elmore City needs to get back on track and give coach Sam Sharp and win over his brother.

Kick off at Wheeler Field is 7:30 p.m.

Maysville, Paoli, Stratford

Maysville, Paoli and Stratford will all be on the road this week looking for district wins.

Maysville has a tough task of playing a very athletic Wewoka. The Tigers are very explosive and recently have been playing more under control.

Maysville is trying to get kids healthy as they come into district play and a win could help the healing process a bunch.

Paoli will look for their second straight win as they travel to Macomb. Macomb has only had football for the less than 10 years and is still trying to build their program. They have struggled offensive this year with only six points thus far.

They have some tools to work with they just haven’t put it all together.

Paoli, after their conveniencing win last week over Cyril, needs to win to keep pace with the likes of Central, Fox, Alex and Waurika. The Pugs are currently tied with four other teams for fourth place in the district. This is a game they need to win if they want to have a chance at making the playoffs.

Stratford got a big win last week against Rush Springs. This week the road test is a tough one as they travel to Southeastern Oklahoma to face the Class B defending State Chmps Caddo Bruins.

Caddo moved up to Class A this year and has played three good games. They are 2-1 on the season and are among the teams that are going to fight it out for a playoff spot.

The two teams are very similar and this game should be one of the better ones in the state.

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