Claremore Daily Progress

High School Sports

September 20, 2013

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Verdigris searches for first win

VERDIGRIS — Two weeks into the season and the Verdigris Cardinals find themselves in unfamiliar territory.

The Cardinals are 0-2 on the season under first-year head coach Tony Daniels.

Heading into Week 3, the Cardinals aim to get Daniels’ his first coaching victory on the road tonight at Perkins-Tryon.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

“We knew going into the season that we were going to be in a rebuilding mode,” Daniels said in a previous interview with the Claremore Daily Progress. “The effort of these kids has been great and you can see the hunger in their eyes that they want to win.”

Verdigris took Stilwell into double overtime before falling 29-21 in the season opener. Then, in Week 2, Verdigris lost 51-7 to Newcastle on the road.

As the Cardinals prepare for tonight’s game, they once again find themselves in hostile territory against Perkins-Tryon.

The Demons (1-1) opened their season with a 23-14 win over Jones and then lost 27-21 to McLoud in the home opener last Friday.

Perkins-Tryon, under head coach Lloyd Wertman, is led offensively by a trio of running backs in senior Tyler Taff (5-11, 200), senior Clark Crotty (6-0, 200) and junior Jacob Peyton (5-10, 170).

The Demons operate out of the Wishbone scheme with senior quarterback Shelby Reese (5-11, 165) directing the way. Reese played split end as a junior, but this season Wertman moved the talented playmaker under center.

The Demons are averaging 239.5 rushing yards in two games this season.

Defensively, Perkins-Tryon returns leading tackler (Clark) Crotty to the linebacker position. Crotty tallied 121 tackles in 2012, and will be anchored on the defensive line by senior Trevor Johnson (6-4, 210). Johnson finished with 67 stops last season.

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