10/9/2013 7:12:00 PM P-T travels to Prague Friday night
By Rick Lomenick, Journal Sports Editor
The schedule sets up fine for the Perkins-Tryon Demons to get themselves back into the District 3A-2 playoff hunt and it begins Friday with a trip to Prague. Kickoff with the Red Devils is set for 7:30 p.m.
Both teams enter the game winless in district action. The Demons dropped a 32-29 decision to Bethany last week while Prague was blown out at Chandler 62-20. P-T is 2-3 overall while Prague is looking for its first win at 0-5.
The game will be broadcast on KGFY 105.5 FM with the pregame show at 7 p.m.
In last year's game, the Demons scored four different ways enroute to a 47- 16 homecoming triumph at McIlvain Field. Touchdowns were scored via rushing, passing, kickoff return, and an interception return. In addition to the myriad of ways of putting points on the board, four of the five drives that began in Prague territory resulted in scores too.
In scouting the Red Devils, one way to describe them would be "unorthodox." For the Demons this week, emphasis has been focusing on taking care of business and stay fundamentally sound.
"They like to do things unorthodox so it will be important for us to not give up big plays because they like to live for those," said P-T defensive coordinator Steve Grotheer.
Grotheer added offensively the Red Devils like to utilize two quarterbacks who are capable of running and throwing the ball. The receiving corps is solid with big play capability. Grotheer said emphasis this week was to increase the aggressiveness of the defense with more reacting to a play rather than a lot of thinking. He used the Jones game as an example as the Demons dominated the line of scrimmage, which took the Longhorns out of the offensive game plan.
"We look to install some new stunts that will increase the aggressiveness," Grotheer said. "Just because they haven't won a game doesn't mean it will be an easy game for us."
P-T will look to put together a complete game that resembles last week's second half performance against Bethany. Offensively, P-T rolled up well over 200 yards of total offense in the second half in scoring all 29 points. The defense played well at times, which caused problems for the Bronchos.
The Demons will welcome back quarterback Shelby Reese who missed last week's game as a precautionary measure. Also returning will be running back Shawn Crosby who also missed last week for a leg and shoulder injuries. Both are expected to have an impact on the Demons offense and defense.
Running back Jacob Peyton is still bothered with a leg injury and is listed week-to-week but is expected to be in the line by the time P-T plays at Cushing in a couple of weeks. The same is true with fullback/linebacker Clark Crotty who injured a knee early in the Verdigris game.
As far as the playoff hunt is concerned, P-T's chances of a district championship took a huge hit last week. However, winning at least three of the next four games will put P-T in the playoffs but it will be in a lowertier spot meaning a first round game on the road. But sweeping those four games, including a upset win at Cushing, and P-T could fi nd itself a possibility of a second play finish. Of course some help will be needed along the way.
"We need to take advantage of our schedule because we see the playoff race as wide open from the second to fourth places," Grotheer said. "We believe in our kids that they'll bounce back this week because they understand the importance of this game."
Elsewhere around the district, Seminole will travel to Bethany in a clash of district unbeatens and Chandler travels to Bristow. Cushing will play outside the district with a trip to Henryetta.