October 30, 2012

Minco wins third straight, eyes playoffs

Aaron Colen, Sports Editor,
The Express-Star

— The Minco High School football team won its third game in a row, beating Burns Flat-Dill City on Friday night.

The Bulldogs beat Burns Flat 42-14, and improved to 5-4 this season and 2-3 in district play.

Quarterback Tyler Mitchum went 17-for-23 for 219 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

Ringo Garrett carried the ball 10 times for 68 yards and he ran for one touchdown, a 22-yarder.

Jacob Overton caught seven passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one interception.

Joseph Mitchell and Brandon Fletcher also had one interception each, and Bryce Main was the team's leading tackler with 12.

Head coach Clint Warren attributed the team's recent success to hard work, and also a bit of an easier schedule.

"Not playing Cashion, Crescent and teams like that," Warren said. "We're just working hard every day to get better."

With one game remaining in the season, Minco faces a must-win situation against Pioneer. The Bulldogs are fourth in their district, and need to win in order to make the playoffs.

"We're focused on just winning, because we've got to win," Warren said. "We're fourth in the district right now, but if we don't win Friday we're out."

He said the players weren't feeling any added pressure leading up to the game.

"They're fine, they're too young to know the difference," Warren said.

Minco will play Pioneer on the road at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Around the Area

The Alex High School football team improved to 8-1 (7-1 district) this season with a 36-0 victory over Cyril on Friday.

The Longhorns will close out the season this Friday against Macomb on the road.

The Rush Springs High School football team lost 21-8 to Healdton, dropping to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in district play.

Rush Springs' final game will be against Wilson at home Friday.

Tuttle High School beat Mount St. Mary 56-19 in Oklahoma City last Friday.

The Tigers advance to 8-1 this season, 4-1 in district play. They will face Blanchard at home this Friday.

Bridge Creek High School lost 21-16 to Marlow High School last Friday, and dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in district play.

The Bobcats' final game of the season will be this Friday night, on the road against Jones High School.