Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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October 25, 2012

Number one game in the state

marie@pvdemocrat.com — Most football fanatics have been pointing to this week since both Wynnewood and Wayne opened preseason practices back in August.

Week 9 has been circled on Wynnewood’s calendar since last year’s 47-42 loss to the Bulldogs.

“It just has the whole team pumped up and ready to go,” Wynnewood tailback Trey Knowles, told the Daily Oklahoman. “We’ve still got all the same players that he had last year, we’ve just grown older and more experienced. We’re more focused this year.”

It’s No. 1 Wynnewood at No. 2 Wayne in what has been billed as the No. 1 game in the state of Oklahoma.

Both teams have been solid all year on both offense and defense.

Wynnewood averages over 457 total yards per game, 309 rushing 148 passing. Wayne averages over 358 yards, 303 rushing and 55 passing.

Knowles leads the Savage rushing attack with 914 yards with 14 touchdowns. Curtis Rushing is second on the Wynnewood rushing list with 452 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Wayne counters with three backs that have over 600 yards each. Louden Johnson leads the way with 888 yards and 13 touchdowns. Sam Martin has 790 yards and leads the team with 20 touchdowns. Ryan Welch has 611 yards and 7 touchdowns.

The difference in the two offenses is the Savages passing game.

Jace Brown has come to life has 1,036 yards and 14 touchdowns in only 44 completions. He has three targets with over 140 yards with Peter Carter leading the way with 338 yards on 12 catches. Levi Phillips has 296 yards and Gus Reinert has 145 yards receiving.

Martin has some good numbers through the air with 442 yards and 6 touchdowns. His favorite target is Welch who has 218 yards and two touchdowns.

Something has to give though as both defense’s have been very stingy.

Wayne has the top defense in Class A as they have given up only 105 yards per game. They give up on an average 43 yards on the ground and 62 through the air.

Wynnewood has given up a little more at 155 yards per game. They give up on an average 123 on the ground and 32 through the air.

“For us to have a chance, it’s all going to be about our defense,” Bulldogs coach Brandon Sharp told the Oklahoman. “Our defense has been getting better and better, and we’ve really started to hit our stride there.”

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