The Sperry Pirates began their season with a 49-13 win over Verdigris.

The Pirates drew first blood with a touchdown in the first quarter and struck again at the beginning of the second with a 24 yard touchdown from Cooper Park to Kohlby Foster. Foster followed that up with a 32 yard return.

Turnovers would be the story of the game. Sperry recovered two fumbles in the second to stop Cardinal drives.

Bryce Carter ran 71 yards for a touchtown with just under a minute and a half left in the first half increasing Sperry’s lead 21-0. Then Joe Whiteley sacked the Verdigris quarterback twice in a row forcing a fumble recovered by the Pirates. An 18 yard touchdown by Kohlby Foster ended the first half with Sperry up 28-0.

Foster showed his speed again at the opening of the third quarter with an 80 yard touchdown run and Sperry increased their lead to 35-0.

An interception by Verdigris put them on the board with 5:30 left in the third. The Cardinals went for two but the attempt was no good. Stormy Weathers finished off the third quarter with a touchdown. The Pirates led 42-6.

But they weren’t done yet. In the fourth quarter Rodney Weathers found the end zone and ended a 50 yard run by Verdigris. Verdigris recovered a fumble with just over a minute left in the game, but there just wasn’t enough time to begin to close the score gap.

“That’s a good ball club we put out there today,” Coach Robert Park said of the win.

Sperry won the game 49-13. The Pirates travel to Claremore next week to face Claremore Sequoyah.

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Lindsey is the managing editor for the Skiatook Journal. She holds an M.A in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to the start of her news career in 2011, Renuard was a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma.