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September 7, 2013

Royals make their season opener count

NORMAN — Community Christian is playing its final season before officially joining the OSSAA and the playoffs that come with membership. That means this year the soon-to-be Class A school is playing the regular season without a postseason in sight. It’s a unique situation that senior Matt Borgerding described as making “every game mean more.”

On Friday, the Royals certainly played like it.

CCS demolished Drumright 40-6 in the first game of the season, running away with the game in the first half and coasting from there.

It was the perfect start to the season for a Royals team that coach Paul Potter compares favorably to the powerhouse squads he’s had in the last several years, even though CCS is working witha handful of new players. One of those new faces is quarterback JJ Cortez. The junior spent most of the preseason in competition with sophomore Haddon McIntosh for the starting role. Though both athletes saw time under center throughout the game, it was Cortez who started the game and played while it was still competitive. He was effective from the start, rushing for 54 yards and a touchdown while passing for 56 yards and another score.

“It was a tough decision, but I decided to go with him tonight, and he made some good plays,” coach Paul Potter said. “We still need to work on our reads, but he did all right for the first game.

Cortez was far from the only bright spot Friday. McIntosh excelled in the return game, scoring from 60 yards out on one second-half punt return, while running back Stephen Bradley added 89 yards and a score, and even defensive back Matt Borgerding got in on the action, returning a fumble 25 yards for a score and then catching a deep pass late in the game to add a second touchdown.

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