By Jason Kersey
Well, the Tuttle-Newcastle game wound up not being as good as we had thought, but it did show us just how good Tuttle is.
The Tigers, who beat Newcastle 33-2 Thursday, knocked off another top-five team, and did so again without star running back Bryce “Paco” Moore.
Thursday night, senior QB/DB Sterling Koons was the star. He ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the win, and intercepted a pass on defense.
The season isn’t at all lost for Newcastle. Even though the district title seems unlikely now — Tuttle has now beaten both of its toughest district opponents — the Racers still have a lot to play for.
Namely, a home playoff game. If Newcastle can beat Clinton in Week 10, it will probably finish in second place and host a postseason contest.
And even if Clinton tops Newcastle, the Racers will still finish in third place, which is better than they have finished in the last two years.
Furthermore, the Racers always seem to play better in the playoffs. Two years ago, Newcastle had a few questionable calls go against it in a close loss at top-seeded Purcell. And last year, the Racers were very close to knocking off Justin Blackmon and Plainview, a team that was undefeated in the regular season, in the first round.
How stacked is Tuttle? Save for an early safety, the Tigers were in control of this game from start to finish and are clearly the best team in Class 3A at this point. They beat two top-five teams in a row by 21 and 31 points, respectively, without Moore, so what does that mean for opponents when he comes back?
For more information on last night’s game, check out Ray Martin’s game story.