Collinsville game preview

Abby Turner, Editor in Chief

The Bartlesville Bruins are facing off against the Collinsville Cardinals tonight in their second game of the season. Both teams started off their seasons with a win last Friday; Bartlesville went against Claremore for an exciting match up. The final score was 21-14, proving that even if they were not on their home field, the Bruins could still hold their own.

Collinsville’s score against Oologah proved that they are back and better this season. Last year when Collinsville faced Oolagah, they came out with a loss at 7-16. This year they got their revenge with a 49-0 victory against Oologah, last Friday night. Considering the massive win Collinsville grabbed, it is easy for the Bruins to be intimidated going into tonight’s game. Varsity quarterback and senior Noah Sunday does not seem too worried about the match up.

“Collinsville does not intimidate me or the team,” Sunday said. “We have prepared for this game, and the Oolagah game was nothing I think Collinsville did. They are a good team, they are, but I know Oolagah is in a rebuilding year losing a good quarterback, and other key players.”

Sunday is having to step up as a leader on his team this year after losing some key players of their own this season. Taking on the pivotal role of quarterback is not a concern for Sunday though.

“I don’t feel pressure because I know that the coaches and teammates have my back,” Sunday said. “The coaches have prepared me well for this year and I feel confident in my abilities, but most importantly the team as a whole is doing well.”

The Bruins transition to accepting new Head Coach Lee Blankenship has been one of the most vital changes this year. Blankenship’s team oriented energy is contagious, and Sunday and his teammates are no exception to its spread.

“We have been putting so much emphasis on trusting our teammates and the coaches, knowing that we will succeed with what game plan the coaches have for us,” Sunday said.

Another valuable aspect of tonight’s game will be the support of fans. Bartlesville High’s students are traveling up this week to support their team and be apart of the ‘Bru Crew.’ The ‘Bru Crew’ is the student section, and they show support by dressing up in theme wear and banging on buckets to get loud in support. Tonight’s theme is country, and all students are welcome to join in.

“The ‘Bru Crew’ is amazing!” Sunday said, “Coming out and supporting us whether we are in town or out helps with the energy on the field.”

Kickoff for tonight’s game in Collinsville is at 7 p.m., and there will be an admission charge at the gate. Sunday is expecting a win, but fans will have to come out to the game to see the outcome.

“It’s going to be a good game tonight, but as our coaches say, “stay focused and do your job,”” Sunday said. “If we do that we will come out on top.”