02 Nov Pottsboro’s Defense Carries Cardinals to 10-7 victory over Sunnyvale
The Pottsboro Cardinals didn’t have much to play for on Friday night, the week before they clinched their 3rd straight district championship and the top seed in the playoffs. Sunnyvale on the other hand, was trying to make the playoffs for the first time in school history. The Raiders had the best offense in the district and 6’5″ Senior QB Ryan Cottingame, who had thrown for 2,500 yards and 29 td’s coming into the contest. The Cardinals could celebrate senior night, give the starters a rest and mentally get ready for the playoffs. If you thought the Cards would approach the game that way then you don’t know the Pottsboro Cardinals, they came to play. After Sunnyvale used a short field to score on their first posession the Cardinals defense allowed ZERO points the final 43 minutes and 24 seconds. Sunnyvale was averaging 32.5 points per game in district play, that’s what you call Bird Power. Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says, “do what the game asks you to do” and that’s exactly what Pottsboro did. The Cardinals used ball control offense running 41 plays to Sunnyvale’s 22 and out gaining the Raiders 153-78 in the 2nd half. The Cardinals scored the only points after halftime on Thaddeus Flinn’s 12 yard td run midway through the 3rd and then the defense took over, forcing a fumble at the Pottsboro 33 and a punt to hold on for the victory. The Cardinals Thaddeus Flinn was the workhorse on offense, 30 carries 141 yards, Hunter Mullinex showed poise connecting on key passes down the stretch, and as always it was a team effort. The Cards defense held Sunnyvale to 250 yards 237 yards below their season average of 487. Pottsboro won their 8th game in a row, 18th consecutive district game and 13th straight home game. Bird Power!!! Pottsboro gets a well deserved rest with an open date this week then it’s on to the playoffs. The Cardinals will meet Bowie(4-6) the 4th place team from district 2A-5 in the Bi-District round in Aubrey Friday night Nov 15th at 7:30. The Cardinals are now 9-1 on the season and 6-0 in district play. Bird Power was definitely on display in Pottsboro on Friday night.