Story By: Devyn Lyon
In another 5A football Thursday night show down, the Varsity Cardinals took their home field against the Pryor Tigers. Excitement soared in the stadium as the Cards faced an adversary with a much greater height/weight ratio in their team. The Cards were sporting new camo and black jerseys in honor of the Army National Guard. Because of this, some of the team’s numbers were altered. Both teams with notorious defenses took the field with Collinsville ready to start with opening kick-off.
The 1st half was a defensively controlled game. Both teams, with numerous short runs and quick tackles, drained the clock quickly. Pryor was the 1st to score with a 22yrd field goal. Both teams didn’t score on their next offensive drives, but Collinsville scored on their 2nd drive with a 13yrd field goal made by Seth Weiser (#6); tying the score at 3-3.
The Cardinals immediately put their offense on the field again after Levi Draper (#10) recovered a fumble on the 1st play for Pryor’s offensive drive. The cards took possession on the Tigers’ 35yrd line. Seth Weiser (#6) then completed another field goal for Collinsville, giving the home team the lead, 6-3. Before the end of the half, Pryor finally scored again with another field goal. The 1st half ended with a tied score at 6-6.
Collinsville’s lead player in rushing yards only saw the field for 3 plays. Malcolm Tillman, taking only 7 rushing yards and 1 tackle 1st half, was on the sideline for the majority of the game after a skull cracking hit to the helmet. Fearing a possible concussion, the coaching staff kept the sophomore off the field for most of the game.
The score remained stationary until the last play of the 3rd Qtr. Seth Boomer (#5) rushed in for a touchdown; with a completed PAT by Weiser (#6) the Cards reclaimed their lead at 13-6.
The Cardinals knew the urgency of the 4th Qtr. The defense shut down the Tigers’ offense, and the Collinsville offense continuously bolted down the field. Seth Weiser (#6) again increases the Cardinals’ score with another field goal, placing their lead at 16-6.
The Tigers, pressing back scored once more with a touchdown. The score was nervously close at 16-13. The Tigers strived to recover their own onside kick, but Hayden Knight (#52) effectively dove on the ball and kept Collinsville’s offensive possession.
Tensions were then high as Pryor took their last offensive drive of the night with 1:44min left of the 4th Qtr. The cards stopped them in 5 plays with a turnover-on-downs. Collinsville’s offense took the field for one last victory formation to claim their district win.
The Cardinal offense performed exceedingly well with several rushing yards. QB Seth Boomer (#5) threw for a 6/13 completions, with a total 52yrds. With their lead rusher, Seth Boomer made up the stats with a total of 54 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown. Dylan Russell (#3) ran the ball 17 times throughout the game for a total of 87yrds; averaging out to be 5.12 yards every rush. Russell also claimed 7 tackles on defense, 2 of which were sacks for loss. Field goal/PAT kicker Seth Weiser (#6), led in points scored in the game. With 3 field goals and 1 extra point the sophomore kicked for 10 points Thursday night; all kicked perfectly straight down the middle.
The Cardinal defense stormed the night against the Tigers, keeping their victory in their hands. Hayden West (#4) played aggressively on defense, making 12 tackles. Levi Draper (#10) did the same, making 12 tackles, but also 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. Chase Lorg (#9) also performed outstandingly on defense with a total of 9 tackles. Also, the defensive-linemen tore the Tiger’s offensive line to shreds, shutting down Pryor’s running game.
The Cardinals ended the night with a winning score of 16-13. The fight against the Pryor Tigers was a big district win for Collinsville. They now face 2 more season games against 2 infamous district opponents, the Claremore Zebras and then the Skiatook Bulldogs. The next game for Collinsville, Friday, Oct. 28, will be their Senior Night. Senior Night ceremonies will be held before the game and then the Cardinals will suit-up for their district game against Claremore.