NORMAN — For the second year in a row, Community Christian School fell short in a second-week contest against Casady, this time by a 33-0 count on a rainy Thursday night at Royal Field.
Now the Royals would like to see history keep repeating. They never lost another game in 2012 after the early season setback to Casady.
“We’re now 43-3 over the last four years, so our kids know this is only one game,” said CCS Coach Paul Potter. “Kids are pretty resilient, they bounce back pretty fast. Sometimes faster than the coaches do, even.”
The Royals (1-1) had their chances in this game, but four turnovers were costly. The first came inside the Casady 5-yard line after a long drive on the Royals’ first possession.
Trailing 16-0 midway in the third, CCS suffered back-to-back turnovers late in the third quarter, leading to two scores that put the game away for the Cyclones (2-1).
Potter was proud of his team’s effort against a bigger school that fell just 30-22 last week against Heritage Hall, the No. 4-ranked squad in Class 3A.
“If we don’t turn the ball over, it could have been different,” Potter said. “But that’s a very good football team. We told our kids we would need to play very well.”
Quarterback T’Quan Wallace riddled the Royals’ defense all night with his team’s short passing attack. He finished the night 24 of 33 for 275 yards, and his favorite target, senior Trainor Crossno, had 13 catches for 188 of those yards. Jay Bozalis added three short touchdown runs for the visitors.
CCS outgained Casady on the ground, 142-58, spurred by Haddon McIntosh, who had 14 carries for 86 yards while lining up at receiver, in the backfield and some snaps at quarterback.
The Royals’ schedule is pieced together again as they compete for a final year as an independent before being part of an OSSAA district in Class A next year.
Next week they’ll play what Potter hopes is their last-ever 8-man contest, against Oklahoma Christian School Activities Association power Destiny Christian. Then it’s a road trip to face Wynnewood, last year’s runner-up in Class A.
“That will be a great indicator of where we are as we head toward next season,” Potter said.