PARK HILL, OK —
Locust Grove made history Friday night, becoming the first team in school history to finish the season a perfect 10-0 after crushing Keys 54-24 on the Cougars’ senior night.
“Not many people get to be perfect in their life, because nobody is perfect except Jesus. But this season forever and ever, in the yearbook a hundred years from now, they will say the 2013 Pirates were perfect in the regular season,” Pirate head coach Matt Hennesy said.
The Pirate offense was riddled with injuries, as senior running back Cory Rohde, sophomore receiver Jason Pirtle, and junior lineman Dustin Remer were all sidelined. Sophomore quarterback Mason Fine and senior offensive weapon Cameron McIntire stepped up to the plate, and the Locust Grove offense didn’t miss a beat. McIntire started the game with a 40-yard touchdown run on the Pirates’ first offensive play of the game. He ended the night doing most of his damage as a receiver, catching nine passes for 143 yards and two scores in just a half of play. Fine also only played the first half, but still managed to throw for 220 yards and five touchdowns on 15-of-20 passing. He also found the end zone on a 23-yard scramble.
“We knew we had some other guys who could play and the guys who needed to step up did step up,” Hennesy said of the injury-plagued offense still performing well.
The defense didn’t allow the Pirate offense to steal the show this week after taking the backseat in the last three games. The Legion of Doom forced six turnovers, five of which were first-half fumbles. The defense also held Keys to 82 rushing yards in the first half on 23 carries, allowing the Cougars just 3.6 yards per rush.
The well-rounded Pirates (6-0 District 3A-7) will return home Friday night to host a first-round playoff game against Roland. Roland finished its season with a 6-4 record and finished fourth in District 3A-8.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but we just have to keep practicing like we have been and go in there and do what we do,” McIntire said of the match-up.
Locust Grove and Roland will kick off at 7:30 Friday night. The winner will draw either Berryhill or Inola in Round 2.