Junior Casey Freeman threw for 196 yards and two scores, junior Zach Bergt ran for 105 yards and a score of his own, and the Newcastle Racers trounced the Sulphur Bulldogs 28-6 Nov. 15 in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
The game was played in front of a raucous home crowd at Racer Stadium.
Bergt struck first for Newcastle (8-3, 5-1 district) as he broke through the middle of the Bulldogs line with two minutes left in the first quarter, putting the Racers up first 7-0. A few minutes later, with 10 minutes to go in the second, junior Glenn Cerney caught a laser up the gut from Freeman to make it 14-0, while Freeman added his own four yard QB keeper just before halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Sulphur got on the board with a QB run up the middle for six, but missing on the PAT attempt. Bergt caught a TD throw from Freeman with six minutes to go, all but wrapping things up for Keith Bolles and his boys.
The Racers now move on to the second round, and a road rematch with the top-ranked Blanchard Lions. The Lions (10-0, 6-0 district) are coming off of a 76-13 shellacking of Perkins-Tryon.
Kickoff in Blanchard is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Ticket prices for all Class 3A second-round games are $5 for both students and adults. Only admission passes issued by the OSSAA will be honored.
All that remained for Coach Keith Bolles and his Newcastle Racers was to take care of business against the hapless Bethel Wildcats.
After the Racers (7-3, 5-1 district) trounced the winless Wildcats 37-7 on the road Nov. 8, Newcastle can enjoy hometown playoff football.
The Racers welcome the Class 3A-4 Sulphur Bulldogs to Racer Stadium Friday, Nov. 15. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
“Sulphur has some very good athletes, they have a big quarterback who likes to run the ball,” Bolles said. “They’re more of a spread-type offense, spread everyone out so he can get in space and run, see what he can do.”
The Bulldogs (5-5, 4-3 district) went 1-4 in their first five games of the season, including losses to undefeated Plainview and second place district team Lone Grove. To qualify for the playoffs, they turned around and went 4-1 in the final five games of the year, including upset district wins over Purcell and Pauls Valley, who the Racers defeated in their season opener.
Racer head coach Keith Bolles gave the ball to his ground game, and after a defensive battle in the first half, junior Zach Bergt and the rest of Newcastle’s rushers took Star Spencer to the woodshed, whipping the Bobcats 41-6 Thursday, Oct. 17 at Racer Stadium.
The Racers (5-2. 3-0 district) remain undefeated at home as they challenge Kingfisher for the top spot in District 3A-3, for their last year in Class 3A before Newcastle moves up to Class 4A. The Bobcats (2-5, 1-3 district) fall to near the bottom of the district standings, with their lone win coming against winless Bethel.
Second place is a familiar spot for the Racers this season, as they currently hold second place in the district in season passing yards (junior Casey Freeman, 830 yards), rushing yards (Bergt, 654), receiving yards (junior Ben Persall, 218), scoring (Bergt, 90), and interceptions (Freeman, four).
Junior Casey Freeman was 13 of 23 on passing while junior Zach Bergt ran for 83 yards on 23 carries for two scores, and the Newcastle Racers beat the Oklahoma Centennial Bison 33-14 in front of a raucous homecoming crowd Friday, Oct. 4 at Racer Stadium.
“With all the changes, homecoming, they’re working on floats all week and the carnival, and the earlier kickoff time, it was good for us that we had a lot of changes,” Racer Head Coach Keith Bolles said. “We had a lot of changes and we were able to adapt and go.”
Bergt, who has 387 yards on the season with nine touchdowns, opening things up early for the Racers (3-2, 1-0 district) when he ran in a one-yard score with 8:19 left in the first quarter. Senior Reagan Ross added a field goal when penalties pushed the Racers out of the red zone on their next drive, giving Newcastle a 10-0 lead to end the quarter.
Another Ross field goal in the second gave Newcastle a 13-0 halftime lead, however Bergt exploded in the Racers’ first drive of the half, notching another score on another one-yard run less than three minutes in. Junior Britt West added a 26-yard touchdown run in the quarter, however the following PAT was blocked by Centennial, leaving the Racers a 26-0 lead to start the final frame.
Junior Casey Freeman had two touchdowns and 166 yards through the air, junior Zach Bergt had 94 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, but in the end it wasn’t enough.
The Tuttle Tigers held off a fourth quarter rally by the Racers to down Newcastle 28-25 Friday, Sept. 26 in Tuttle.
After falling behind 14-0 in the first, the Racers (2-2) pulled within four on a Reagan Ross field goal and a touchdown before Tuttle struck again, entering the half ahead 21-10.
With a fourth Tigers touchdown in the third, Newcastle managed to score 15 points in the fourth quarter, however it was not enough to prevent the Tiger victory by a field goal.
Heading into district play, the Racers sport a balanced offense, averaging 186 yards passing and 151 yards rushing per game. Defensively, the Racers average 49 tackles per game and have 10 sacks on the season, but only one interception and six forced fumbles.
The second season starts now, however, as the Racers start district play Friday, Oct. 4 with their Homecoming matchup against Oklahoma Centennial.
The Bison (3-1) are 1-0 in Class 3A-3 following a 35-13 victory over the Bethel Wildcats, and are on a two-game winning streak following a 62-0 shellacking at the hands of Anadarko on Sept. 13. Centennial’s other wins are over U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill High Schools.
While Centennial currently has the district league in rankings released by maxpreps.com, the Bison are limited by a weak non-conference schedule, providing an ample opportunity for the Racers to rebound from a pair of losses to Tri-City opponents.
An issue for the team all year, the Newcastle Lady Racer bats came alive Monday night, as they routed the visiting McLoud Lady Redskins 8-0 in front of a vibrant home crowd at Racer Softball Field.
Newcastle (13-9) has been working to improve their fundemental offensive skills all season, and have begun a bit of a winning streak since going 1-3 in the Carl Albert Tournament.
The offensive work was on display as the Lady Racers exploded against fellow Class 4A opponent McLoud.
“We were up 5-0 going into the sixth, then we scored three more in the sixth,” Crossley said.
Sophomore pitcher Abby Sanner turned in another solid performance in the circle for the Lady Racers, whlle multiple players including junior Kobi Crossley, senior Addison White and senior Allison McGary registered two hits or more.
“Overall as a team, we played real well,” Crossley said. “We swung it much better, put the ball into play, had very few strikeouts, and that makes it tough on opponents. When you do things like that, you give yourself a chance to win.”
Newcastle’s schedule does not let up heading into the final weeks of the softball regular season. An upcoming home date with fifth-ranked Tecumseh, as well as tournament appearances against larger opponents such as Stillwater and Sand Springs means the Lady Racers will not be coasting by before the state tournament.
“Sometimes it is tough to tell when you’re playing the type of people we are, but [McLoud] was another 4A team, and you see what we did to them,” Crossley said. “Playing top notch teams ... it’s just like murderer’s row. It’s not for the meek at heart. You have to be tough to play our schedule, because a tough schedule makes a tough team.”
Newcastle is 7-1 against Class 4A opponents, and is 6-8 against teams in a higher class.
The Lady Racers next home game is Monday, Sept. 30, when Newcastle takes on seventh-ranked Bethel.
Junior Casey Freeman was held to 11 for 28 on pass attempts, junior Zach Bergt was held to eight yards on eight carries rushing, and the defending Class 3A State champs were just too much for the Newcastle Racers.
The Racers (2-1) fell to the Blanchard Lions 28-7 Friday, Sept. 20 in Newcastle’s first road game of the season in Blanchard.
“The game was a slow start for us,” Newcastle Head Coach Keith Bolles said. “It took us darn near the first half to figure out that we can get in there and take care of business. We were just unsure of either our ability or what we wanted to do in that first half.”
Blanchard (3-0), long regarded for their dominating running game, came rushing down the Racers’ throats from the get-go. Despite losing their first possession on an early fumble recovered by Newcastle, the Lions stuffed what had so-far been a high production Racer offense. After logging 400+ yard offensive performances in two home games, the Lions held Bolles’ offense to 178 yards total, including only 41 on the ground.
The Newcastle Lady Racers went in to the toughest part of their schedule hoping to test themselves.
They got what they wanted, as well as insight on what to work on going forward.
The Lady Racers went 1 for 4 at the Carl Albert tournament, held Sept. 13 and 14 in Midwest City. Despite defeating the Shawnee Lady Wolves, Newcastle fell to Moore, Chickasha and Carl Albert high schools.
“It’s an extremely tough tournament against some of the top teams in the state,” head coach Mike Crossley said. “They’re schools that are not in our class, that are larger than us, and just some of the top teams around.”
The difficult schedule is key for preparing the Lady Racers (12-9) for the rest of their district schedule and the playoffs, Crossley said.
Newcastle opened up the tournament with a 4-1 loss to the Chickasha Lady Chicks, followed by a 6-0 win over Shawnee. The Moore Lady Lions then smashed Newcastle 10-0, and the tournament ended with a 5-0 loss to the Carl Albert Lady Titans.
“Hits were hard to come by,” Crossley said. “I thought for the most part our two pitchers, Abby Sanner and Emily Cerney, threw really well.”
Cerney was credited with the win over Shawnee.
The Lady Racers lost a game from their schedule when a road game against Okarche was cancelled due to weather Monday, Sept. 16. Their next game will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at home against Okarche.
Keith Bolles’ defense notched two scores, the offense stays grounded to pound in three more, and the Newcastle Racers ran rampant over the Verdigris Cardinals 51-7 Friday, Sept. 13 at Racer Field.
The Racers (2-0) capped their first offensive possession with a 10-yard touchdown run by sophomore Cory Hill. Newcastle did not let up from there, scoring 27 unanswered points in the first quarter alone.
“We’ve got a team that I am very proud of,” Bolles said. “They keep getting better each week. As a coach, that’s what you want, to keep getting better. Verdigris is a good football team, and I think we came out defensively and played the best we have so far.”
On the ensuing Cardinals possession, a fumble at their own 25-yard line was recovered by junior Zach Bergt, who ran it in for another six Newcastle points. Bergt struck again on the next Racer possession for a 10-yard TD run.
After stifling the Cardinals offense yet again, the Racers struck again to close out the quarter on a six-yard QB keeper by junior Casey Freeman.
Junior Casey Freeman threw for 184 yards, junior Zach Bergt had three touchdowns, and the Newcastle Racers opened their season in commanding style, burying the Pauls Valley Panthers 42-10 at a packed Racer Stadium Friday, Sept. 6.
On the back of a dominant defensive performance, the Racers (1-0) needed a quarter before their offense really began to fire on all cylinders, head coach Keith Bolles said.
“I thought we started off very slow, but by the second quarter, the offense really got generated,” Bolles said. “I thought we came out of halftime a little flat, we’re going to work on how to finish ballgames, but overall I thought it was a very good first game.”