Collinsville Falls Short In Oologah Rivalry

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Football


Kicking off the start of September, the famous Caney Valley River Rivalry was held.

The Collinsville Cardinals took on one of their biggest rivals in history, the Oologah Mustangs. The Mustangs have defeated the Cards three years in a row and have proved to be a driving force every season. Both teams have been playoff/state contenders for several seasons now (Collinsville in 5A and Oologah in 4A). Last season, both teams sent players to compete in division one football and lost several talented seniors. Nevertheless, both sides of the sold-out stands expected the rivalry game to be the brutal dog fight it always is.

At the start of the game, both teams had trouble gaining their momentum The Mustangs had the ball first and started with a lightning-fast offense and the Collinsville defense struggled against Oologah’s rushing game. Several big gains from QB keepers eventually put the Mustangs in a scoring opportunity. But when the pressure was in play against the home defense, they prevailed by only allowing Oologah a 3pt field goal in the first half. The Big-Red defense began to be more successful later in the half as they made 4 sacks, 3 blocked passes, and nearly a dozen tackles for loss. Big-time defenders were Brayden Burd with 17 defensive tackles, Spencer Oslin with 11 tackles and 2 sacks, and Cameron Camp with 10 tackles and 2 sacks.

The Cardinal offense was in a mad scramble throughout most of the first half. The home team struggled on the ground and few rushing yards were made on run attempts. Collinsville rarely saw a large run gains like Oologah’s. In the first half alone, Collinsville rushed 23 times and averaged only 2.7 yards per rush. The Cards could not seem to find a rhythm that worked for their rushing team. The Cardinals saw more success in their passing game. Although several passes were dropped in the first half, the Cardinals gained major yardage with completed passes. By the end of the 2nd quarter, the offense found more of a rhythm and they were more successful in their rushing game. With 33 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, Jake Tuttle rushed 6 yards for a Cardinal Touchdown. The PAT attempt was completed by Ashton Jones and Collinsville exited the first half with the lead at 7-3.

As everyone had expected, both teams were in a vicious brawl down to the very last quarter. Oologah started off the second half, once again, very quick on both sides of the ball. The game changed trajectory when Collinsville recovered their own punt during their first possession of the second half. Walker Roberts recovered the ball just inside Oologah’s 10 yard line.

The Mustangs responded with a long touchdown reception, giving them a lead of 9-7. With this drastic change of momentum, Collinsville struggled on every side of the field. Oologah was able to take advantage of their run game and score again in the last quarter, giving them a lead of 16-7.

On offense, the Cards found little success. With only 10 rushes, they accounted for 41 yards total and 4.1 yards on average at the end of the game. The offense knew they had little time to gain a lead, so they stuck to passing. Tate Robards threw 19 passes in the second half. Although the rookie QB was under pressure, many of his throws were spot on. Needing two scoring drives in less than two minutes, the Cardinals fought hard and gained yards rapidly, but they ran out of time. The clock ended with the score resting at 16-7, giving Oologah the win.

Despite their defeat, the Cardinals showed a lot of heart. The team will be working towards improvement this week in order to prepare for their first away game, Friday September 8 against the Catoosa Indians.

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Devyn Lyon

Collinsville High School Senior, Class of 2018, Cross Country Captain and Cardinal Connection Staff Editor

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