High school football: A few points go a long way
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Friday, October 26, 2012
10/26/12 at 3:02 AM
Below are five teams that have winning records or are in playoff contention despite not producing a lot of points.
The Eagles have bounced back from an 0-4 start with four straight wins and have three shutouts in a row going into their game at Beggs on Friday. They average 16.6 points - the lowest by any 3A team with a .500 record or better. Morris was locked in a scoreless tie last week against Inola before Guthrie Dean's 85-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. Dean has 1,043 rushing yards, 12 TDs and 73 tackles.
The Eagles average only 13.1 points, but they are 3-5 and tied for the final playoff berth in 2A-5. Mounds, which has been shut out four times, is 3-1 when it scores, including victories of 28-21 over Barnsdall and 23-14 over Liberty. The Eagles will make the playoffs with wins in their final two games against Holdenville and Haskell.
Despite averaging only 15.1 points, the Bucs are 4-3 and in third place in District 2A-1. Wins include 23-4 over Pawhuska, 16-7 over Pawnee and 14-13 over Alva. Their biggest scoring output was in a 27-0 victory over Newkirk. They are winning with a defense that only allows 15.7 points. The Bucs have the fewest points of any state team with a winning record.
Although the Chieftains rank only 26th out of 32 teams in scoring in 6A, averaging just 19.8 points, they are 5-3. Sapulpa's two most recent wins were 14-10 over Bixby and 13-10 at Muskogee. Cory Mondier's six interceptions lead the defense. Sapulpa is 3-0 in games decided by six points or less.
The Zebras are 7-1 and tied for the District 5A-4 lead with East Central despite being only fifth in the district in points scored, averaging 25.8. Claremore doesn't have to score a lot due to a defense that ranks first in the district and fourth in 5A, allowing 11.9 points. Claremore is 3-1 in games decided by seven points or less. Jordan Cunningham leads the defense with 126 tackles, is the team's leading rusher with 438 yards and is tied for the team lead with six touchdowns.
Sapulpa's Cory Mondier has intercepted six passes for the Chieftains' defense. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World
Claremore's Jordan Cunningham leads the team with 438 rushing yards. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World