CHOUTEAU, OK —
All season long, the Chouteau Wildcats have been able to hold their helmets on the play of the offensive line. The O-line has opened up holes for Austin Hershberger and Garrett Grossman that have produced Xbox-like numbers through the first four games.
However on Friday night, penalties were the story, as Oklahoma Union surprised Wildcat Nation on its homecoming, 16-6.
Oklahoma Union (2-3, 1-1 District 2A-7) scored two touchdowns in the final 64 seconds of the game and held the Wildcats to a season-low 124 yards rushing.
“We got whipped up front,” said Wildcat head coach Mark Jones. “We got whipped up front and that was a first for us this season.”
Chouteau had success moving the ball for the most part, but every time the Wildcats would get a big gain, a penalty would bring it back.
“I will tell you what, Oklahoma Union isn’t bad,” Jones said. “They were a lot better in person than they were on film. They came to play tonight.”
Austin Hershberger put the Wildcats on the board first when he scored from nine yards out, putting the Cats up 6-0 in the first quarter. The score stayed that way until four minutes left in the game. Facing a fourth-and-long from the shadows of their own goalpost, Jones elected to snap the ball out of the end zone, giving 2 points to the Cougars, rather than taking a chance on a blocked punt.
However, a few series later, Oklahoma Union blocked a Chouteau punt. Three plays later, Kody Webb scored on a five-yard touchdown run with 1:24 to play, putting the Cougars up 8-6. On the ensuing possession, Webb intercepted Wildcat signal-caller Doug Mynahan and returned it 30 yards for the Cougar touchdown.
Mynahan threw for a season-high 160 yards on 12-of-28 passing, but also threw four interceptions.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in District 2A-7 play. They will travel to Adair Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
“We‘re gonna regroup and get ready for Adair next week,” said Jones. “This one hurts though. This is one we thought we should’ve won and we let it slip away. We’re just gonna have to regroup and refocus.”