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THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, December 2, 2004-A7 ,I Editor tually soon end ,on football Demons head COach Jason Reece he hasn't been 1 his previous two 'get a much quicker will open the n at Stroud year's disap- the Demons in an even in addition to In the past, Was just about a any preseason 15 rostered t have gone through 0f practice. That's as many that l be able to change little bit and that's on in prac- said. "We're going team that will everybody we lack size." three starters from last year's squad. Lead- ing the list is senior Michael Jones. Last season, Jones led the team in scoring with an 11 points per game average in addition to pulling down about eight rebounds per game. Long-range shooters Bran- don Sharp and Tyler Story, both juniors, also return. They each averaged about 10 points per game. The Demons hosted the Yale Bulldogs in a scrimmage last Wednesday during the Thanksgiving break. After the outing, Reece noted there were a lot of little things that can be improved on. "But our teams generally do that throughout the year," he added. "The thing about the scrim- mage was it was nice to play somebody else and not just practice, practice, practice," Reece said. "An opponent will help you expose more weak- nesses and show you what you need to work on and for that reason it was good." Every player got some court time and generally he was pleased with what he and his See DEMONS on A8 Perkins-Tryon senior Michael Jones drives in fora layup during a summer league game against Ripley. Jones is one of three returning starters for the Demons. P-T will open the season Friday night at Stroud. Journal file photo Returning state tournament qualifiers Matt McKnight (top photo) and Ryan Fielding (bottom photo) lead the Perkins-Tryon wres- tling team into a new season with a new coach. The Demons will take to the mat for the first time at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the junior high gymnasium hosting Tulsa Webster. Journal photos by Rick Lomenick S al NTING & EMBROIDERY Get Coke Good luck to the basketball and wres- tling teams as you begin your seasons. The Model Tee Student/Athlete of the Week will resume in next week's edi- tion. By Rick Lomenick Priortothe start of workouts, Basketball radio Journal Sports Editor Cochran said the team set a pair Despite losing the state tour- of attainable goals. The first broadcasts set nament-caliberofwrestlersfrom was to qualify more than five Select Perkins-Tryon Ladylastyear's squad, first-yearhead wrestlers to the Class 2A state Demons and Demons basketball coach Ottawa Cochran sees alot tournament. In the last three games will be broadcast via the of potential from this group of seasons, the Demons have sent radio airwaves this season. Perkins-Tryon grapplers, five matmen to the state tourna- KGFY 105.5 FM will broad-The Demons will open their ment each year. cast five games beginningdual season Tuesday night host- The other goal is to qualify Friday at Stroud, said Stillwa- ing Tulsa Webster. The match for the dual team state tourna- ter Radio News Director and will begin at 6 p.m. in the junior ment. But to do that, the Demons P-T play-by-play announcer high gymnasium, willhave todefeat quality oppo- Bill Van Ness. Broadcast part- Cochran served as an assis- nents in Berryhill and Inola in ner Rick Lomenick, Perkins tant to former head coach Gary district dual matches. Journal Sports Editor, who will Riley for two seasons so he's The Demons have eight provide the color commentary, knowledgeable of what kind of returning wrestlers from last will join him. " t ilefiffie has. year's squad that finished with Other games that will be "They work hard and I think a21-6 dual record and was sixth broadcast include the Dec. 14 they will surprise a few people in the state rankings. game at McLoud, the Jan. 14 with what they can do," Cochran Heading the list of returners and Jan. 28 home games with said. are state qualifiers Ryan Field- Seminole and Holdenville,Gone are the likes of Keny ing at 112 pounds and Matt respectively, and Feb. 4at Chart- and Kyle Hornberger, along McKnight at 160 pounds. Even dler. The post-season games will with high school All-American though both were eliminated also be aired, and All-Stater Brad Ward. "It's early in the state meet, they hard to replace that kind of cali- gained a lot of experience that ber," Cochran noted, "but we Cochran hopes will spill over to have the potential to be better than last year." See WRESTLING on A8 an extra Holly Jolly ticket for every item purchased from participating Whistle Stop Hall's Corner Convenience Store Perkins Food Center Prairie's Edge El Mexicano The Oklahoma State Cowboys closed out their regular season schedule with a 31-15 drubbing by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, in a game that more resembled the beginning of the season than the end of the regular season. After two weeks of various ones calling for the head of defensive coordinator Bill Clay, the defense held the Red Raiders to 436 total yards, while the offense took the day off. Tech's much heralded passing game was held in check, with the Raiders only getting 281 yards through the air. They were able to get 155 yards on the ground against the Cowboys. The Pokes were in fairly decent shape with a 15-14 lead at the 3: 06 mark in the third quarter. This, after 3 field goals and a 68-yard pass interception return by Jamie Thompson, would have made think that a victory was a reasonable possibility. Not to be. It's a foregone conclusion that a well thought out game plan is necessary to win football games. What must be in a plan is to adjust to the opponent's defensive adjustments. This did not happen. It appeared that come what may, the Cowboys were going to stay with their running game because that was their strength. It's only a strength when it's working. I kept looking for the Tech player that was hiding in the Cowboy's huddle, as it appeared they knew every down what play was being called. The best play to call during the game is a play that the defense is not expecting. The coaches need to get in the head of the defen- sive coordinator and realize what the logical thing for the offense to do and then do something else. Trash the game plan if it's not working. The time to think is when the game is going on, not at the end of the game. Donovan Woods, the freshman quarterback, entered the game as the Big Twelve's passing efficiency leader in conference games. He threw only nine passes, completing six of them. On the first possession of the third quarter, Woods completed three passes in a four-play drive, setting up first-and-goal at the Tech 6-yard line. Three straight Vernand Morency attempts up the middle gained two yards. They had to settle for a field goal. Figure that one out. At the 6:26 mark, Tech leading 24-15 and OSU needing two scores, Morency ran three straight plays. On the fourth play, Billy Bajema caught a short pass, not enough for a first down and they turned the ball over to Tech for a short driveand another touchdown. If the running plays had succeeded, they would have been playing right into Tech's hand by using too much of the clock. See DIARY on A8