CUSHING — The Bearkats ran into their kryptonite Friday night, and it came in the form of Mount Enterprise running back Kendre Miller.
Miller led the Wildcats to a 32-16 win over Cushing with 341 rushing yards and three touchdowns at J.F Whitaker Stadium.
The loss puts the Bearkats at an 0-2 start to the 2019 season. They will look to earn their first win on the road against Burkeville next Friday. The Wildcats, remain undefeated at 2-0.
Despite the grim outcome, things got off to a good start for the Bearkats after forcing Wildcat quarterback Derrick Jackson to fumble the ball in the opening drive. It was recovered by Cushing’s Reid Allen.
However, the Bearkats returned the favor by coughing up a fumble on their next drive, and again on the following drive.
Miller forced some activity on the scoreboard by scoring the first points of the game by belting out a 56-yard touchdown run down the far sideline, and capitalizing by rumbling into the endzone for the two-point conversion.
The Wildcat running back topped the 56-yarder with a 68-yard touchdown run in the next drive along with another two-point conversion to give the Mount Enterprise a 16-0 lead. Jackson connected with receiver Christian Newman for a 44-yard touchdown pass to send the Wildcats into halftime with a staggering 24-0 advantage.
The Bearkats ended the third quarter with a fumble recovery by Asa Dawson, who took it to the Wildcat 2-yard line. On the opening play of the fourth, Allen powered his way into the endzone for the Bearkats’ first touchdown.
Following Miller’s third and final touchdown of the night, the Bearkats drove from their own 48-yard line to the Mount Enterprise 13, before Dawson found Camron Murphy near the corner for the final touchdown of the night.
“I was proud of the way that our guys came out in the second half and fought,” said Cushing head coach Josh Moore. “I would say they gave up three big plays that cost us early, and that made a big difference in the game.”
The Bearkats ended the game with 148 total yards. Of those, 133 yards were rushing. Allen led the way with 75 yards on 22 attempts. Landon Crumpton made some waves in the rushing game with 29 yards on nine carries. Last week’s leading rusher, Thomas Wallace, rushed for 21 yards, and was limited by a knee injury in the second half.
Wallace made an impact on the defensive side late in the third quarter after jarring the ball loose and was recovered and taken 42 yards down the field by Jasper Stiles.