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Homecoming Football Preview: Bruins vs. Wildcats

Lucas Ortiz

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Home sweet home! That’s what the Bruins are feeling after their long road trip to Muskogee this past Friday. Coach Kyle Ppool and the Bruins are hoping to win the rivalry game between the 0-4 Wildcats of Ponca City, who are hungry for a win. The two teams have played for the past seven years for the Phillips 66 trophy, and Bartlesville has continuously had the upper hand. It’s also Homecoming 2017 at BHS, so students have been showing some high anticipation for a battle tonight.

Tyler Gillette said the upcoming game is “bittersweet”, being his last homecoming game in front of a Bartlesville crowd. “As a senior, It’s my last chance to show what I’m made of.” Gillette is a starting linebacker alongside Lukas Hammack, who both make up for a power team on the Bruin defense.

Assistant coach for the Bruins, Harlee Rutherford, is looking forward to a win this Friday night. Coach Rutherford said that he hopes to “give them a new one”. Rutherford is originally from Ponca City, so he said it is always fun to go out and beat on the Wildcats.

I spoke with Brigette Bulleigh, a member of the Bucket Brigade, which is the student section of BHS at our home games, who are the rowdiest, proudest, go-hard fans on this side of the Mississippi!  “My bucket is painted and ready to go and I’m already planning out my outfit,” said Bulleigh. The theme for this Friday’s game is Hawaiian, and a bunch of students are going to be rocking their leis and grass skirts.

Ponca City’s head coach, Josh Allen, spoke about what his mindset is coming into this rivalry game. “We need a big win for district, and this game has a rivalry feel to it, so that would make it fun to win, but our main focus is winning district play,” said Allen. Allen also spoke about what players to look out for, “Justin Andrews is only a sophomore, but he’s talented once we limit the turnovers and get him disciplined, but I feel he can make plays once he’s in the groove. Dalton Bogle is also a star player, our best wide out can make plays under pressure, so he would also be someone to keep an eye on, #20.” When asked about what Bartlesville’s most dangerous factors are, he said “They make you work on both sides of the ball. Their defense shuts the holes offensive lines make really quick, and the O-line is really big, and that’s a threat to our defense, as [Bartlesville] has a good, threatening run game, and it’s going to be difficult.”

Come out and support your Bruins at Homecoming tonight! Kickoff is at seven at Custer field. 

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