East Central holds off Bartlesville
BY MIKE MOGUIN World Correspondent
Saturday, September 08, 2012
9/08/12 at 4:31 AM
BARTLESVILLE - Class 5A No. 3 East Central overcame a struggle and dodged a few bullets Friday as it hung on to defeat Bartlesville 13-10 at Custer Stadium.
The Cardinals (2-0) secured the win on William Goree's fourth-down run of four yards up the middle to the Bartlesville 33-yard line in the final minute.
"We got a bunch of fighters on this team," East Central coach Bobby Klinck said. "They're tough."
The 6A unranked Bruins (1-1) outgained East Central 212-142 in total offense and had better field position most of the night, but could never capitalize.
They missed two field goals and turned the ball over on downs four times. One failed conversion came from the Bruin 15-yard line and set up the eventual winning score for the Cardinals.
"These kids have been through so much with a bunch of different coaches," Klinck said. "You talk about character, these guys have it."
With the score 7-7, East Central snapped the tie when Goree scored from 6 yards up the middle. But the point after was blocked and it was a six-point lead with 7:20 left in the third quarter.
Bartlesville answered with a five-minute drive, marching to the Cardinal 22, but missed a 38-yard field goal. It would get a 34-yard field goal from Ben Jacobs on the next possession with 15 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Bruins had a chance to take the lead after recovering a fumble at the East Central 28 early in the fourth quarter. But Trent Williams stopped it with an interception. The Bruins would end their last drive on downs from their own 43.
East Central struck first as quarterback Tre'von Cherry scored on a 9-yard run with 8:50 left in the opening quarter. The score was set up by an interception from Warren Walker, who returned it 28 yards to the Bruin 7.
East Central 13, Bartlesville 10
EC: Cherry 1 run (Garcia kick)
B: Crowder run (Jacobs kick)
EC: Goree 6 run (kick blocked)
B: FG Jacobs 34
Original Print Headline: Cardinals hold on to trim Bartlesville