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Junior high teams cap season with losses at Weatherford

October 18, 2020 - 00:00
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For the second time this season, Kingfisher’s seventh grade football team suffered defeat in overtime.

Weatherford scored on the second play of its overtime possession Monday to pull out a 22-16 victory over the visiting Jackets.

The loss ended the seventh graders’ season at 3-5. Two of those losses came in OT and two others by a touchdown or less.

“They played to their potential and improved for their first experience in organized school football,” said Doug Jech, who coached the team along with Fay Barnett and Shane Soudek.

Weatherford led 16-0 at halftime before Kingfisher cut its deficit in half in the third quarter.

Jackson Willbanks found Jhett Birdwell for a 19-yard pass before Birdwell hit Will Neuman for the two-point conversion.

Kingfisher was able to tie it in the fourth quarter when Birdwell found Kason Blair for a 9-yard score. Birdwell’s two-point conversion run made it 16-all.

In overtime, Kingfisher got the ball first, but was stuffed one yard shy of the goal line on fourth down, which set up Weatherford’s eventual winning score.

Eighth grade

The eighth grade Jackets were shutout 34-0 in their final game of the season and also finished 3-5.

Weatherford was up 12-0 after a quarter and had a 34-point margin by half.

“They overcame a lot of adversity considering they lost five key starters during the season, but still remained competitive,” Jech said.

“We all enjoyed coaching these kids. They were very coachable and pleasant to be around.”