WAURIKA — Keeping with the Labor Day weekend, the Waurika Eagles showed they still have some work to do before district contests kick off. The Eagles were downed by the Snyder Cyclones 40-0 Friday evening in front of a home crowd.
Waurika High skipper Danny Edelman would’ve liked a better outcome in his first contest at the helm of the Eagles. Though his squad was soundly defeated, he noticed some positives to build on in preparation for the coming season.
“Well, there were some bright spots — Just not many,” Edelman said. “I am proud of our overall effort and intensity. These kids kept their motors up and competed until the final whistle blew. Granted, I would have liked to win this game, we know we have to go out and get better.”
Statistically speaking, the Eagles were overmatched in every facet of the game. The Cyclones offense chipped away at the Eagles defense to the tune of 179 yards on 42 carries. With a sound running game, Snyder High rarely put the ball in the air. When it did, however, it proved effective. Snyder High only tossed a single incompletion and garnered up 121 yards through the air on five attempts.
The Eagles tried but couldn’t leave the nest, offensively. Freshman gunslinger Blaine Shockley finished the game completing 11 of his 25 passes for 63 yards. He added three yards on the ground. In the middle of the third stanza, Shockley did his best impression of Michael Vick and gained 29 yards on the ground on five attempts. The effort, however, was too little, too late. Shockley found himself on his back too often against a tough Cyclone defense.
“We’ve got a lot of areas to improve on,” Edelman said. “We need to get out there and work on our fundamentals. We missed a bunch of assignments. We missed a bunch of blocks. We missed a lot of things tonight. We need to get better before we move on to next week. We just missed too much.”
Both of Snyder’s first quarter scores came after Waurika miscues gave SHS short fields to work with. After forcing a punt in Snyder’s first possession, Waurika appeared to be on the move. Junior receiver Mason Wilkerson gave the Eagles a breath of hope during their first offensive play of the game. Wilkerson raced around the edge to move the Eagles’ offense out of their own endzone. The drive stalled six plays later, however, and Waurika was facing a fourth down situation.
The Eagles offense lined up as if they were going to punt the ball. Not so fast. Shockley got the deep snap, rolled to his right and overthrew his receiver, giving the Cyclones the ball in the redzone. It didn’t take long for the visiting squad to reach paydirt on a five yard scamper.
An errant snap on the Eagles next fourth down possession gave the Cyclones possession in the red zone again. This time, however, the Cyclones went to the air to light up the score board.
By halftime, the Cyclones were ahead 19-0. Three third quarter scores pushed their lead to 40-0. Waurika’s defense didn’t allow a fourth quarter touchdown. The Eagles offense, however, didn’t cross midfield until midway through the second period.
The Eagles and Edelman will hit the road Friday on their way to Walters in search of their first victory of the year. Walters is coming off a 60-6 drubbing courtesy of fellow District A-4 foe Empire and could prove good medicine for a Friday’s defeat.