Football Week 10 Preview: John Marshall hosts Kingfisher in season finale

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Football Week 10 Preview: John Marshall hosts Kingfisher in season finale

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 20:17
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Not executing to its previous offensive standards at Perkins last week, the John Marshall football team hopes to have corrected those mistakes in Thursday night’s season finale against Kingfisher, and with a win secured third place in the final district standings.
“Against Perkins, we lacked some execution in the little things,” Bears coach Aso Pogi said. “We want to be sharp this week against Kingfisher and finish the season strong.”
Currently, the seventh-ranked Bears sit at 7-2 overall and in a tie for third with the Yellowjackets at 4-2 in District 3A-1, after losing 14-6 last Friday at second-place Perkins-Tryon.
Kingfisher has struggled off and on this season at 5-4 overall but still remains a traditional power in Class 3A.
“They’re always well coached,” Pogi said of Kingfisher. “They are incredibly sound in what they do. We have to line up and beat them. They won’t beat themselves.”
The Yellowjackets’ offense is keyed by junior quarterback Cade Stephenson, who is mobile and an accurate passer, Pogi said.
“We’ll have to good up front (on defense),” the coach told FRIDAY. “Their QB is shifty and they throw a lot more than in the past.”
On offense, John Marshall plans to get tight end Jason Lewis and receive Tim Stephens involved in the game plan.
“We need to get (Lewis) more involved early,” Pogi said. “I’d also like to get (Stephens) the ball early too. It’ll help take the pressure off our other offensive playmakers.”
Those include quarterback Jalen Shells, along with star receiver Bryce Stephens and tailback Elian Morales, who scored the Bears’ only touchdown against Perkins on a 6-yard run.
In other crucial games on Friday, McGuinness visits Carl Albert to determine the District 5A-2 champion.
PC North and Deer Creek are also fighting for playoff spots in 6A. The Panthers visit Owasso in District 6AI-2 play, while the Antlers are at Choctaw in 6AII-1.

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