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Tuttle overwhelms Bethany with power running, defense

The Tigers rushed for 355 yards and shut out the Bethany offense in the second half to earn a 31-13 road win in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
by Trent Shadid Published: November 15, 2013
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photo - Tuttle running back Morgan Neal gets loose for a touchdown in the third quarter of Friday night’s Class 3A playoff game against Tuttle. The score was not available at press time. Visit NewsOK.com/Varsity for coverage. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Tuttle running back Morgan Neal gets loose for a touchdown in the third quarter of Friday night’s Class 3A playoff game against Tuttle. The score was not available at press time. Visit NewsOK.com/Varsity for coverage. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

— Power running and great defense has been Tuttle's formula for success under coach Phil Koons.

On Friday night at Bethany, Tuttle executed its style to perfection.

The Tigers rushed for 355 yards and shut out the Bethany offense in the second half to earn a 31-13 road win in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

“That's our style,” Koons said. “We've got some great backs in Morgan Neal and Jesse Gregory. Our line did a great job of blocking just enough. We stayed in the game with great defense, allowed ourselves to keep running the ball, and eventually we were able to break some big runs.”

Gregory led the way with 211 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. The senior sealed the win with a 33-yard touchdown run to give Tuttle a 24-13 with 1:36 remaining.

“The whole team wanted it so much, and it felt great to come out and play like that,” Gregory said. “We really got the (offensive) line going tonight, and that was big. We have a lot of young guys up front, but they've improved a lot and I have a lot of faith in them.”

Neal rushed for 123 yards on 12 carries and scored the Tigers' other two touchdowns on runs of 69 and 23 yards.

“You almost can't stop both of us,” Gregory said. “We're always going to have a great running back in the game that's fresh. Until the clock runs out I'm fresh and ready to go all night. It's really nice having two backs like that.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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