Tuttle Tigers Football Feature – Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

Tuttle Tigers

Coach: BRAD BALLARD

Schedule:
8-30 – vs. Newcastle 

9-6 – at Kingfisher 

9-13 – vs. Plainview 

9-20 – OPEN

9-27 – vs. Tecumseh 

10-4 – at Madill

10-11 – vs. Bethany

10-17 – at McLoud

10-25 – vs. Blanchard

11-1 – at Harrah

11-8 – at Cushing 

Quick Hits:

Running back Triston Truelove helped key a non-district road win at Plainview, logging 40 carries for 161 yards and two touchowns. 

Wide reciever Parker Ross saved one of his best games for last, turning four catches into 113 yards and two touchdowns in the state championship win over Bethany. 

The Tuttle-Blanchard series has been a good one of late. Tuttle won last year’s game 35-21 giving each side four wins in the last eight years. Tuttle won 20 in a row from 1991 to 2010. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 14-0

2017 – 7-4 

2016 – 11-1

2015 – 10-1

2014 – 6-5

2013 – 8-5

OFFENSE

The Tuttle offense had more practical applications than Batman’s belt in 2018. Throw it deep? No problem. Quarterback Carson Berryhill frequently found wide receivers Coby Trevino and Parker Ross behind the defense. Berryhill was just as dangerous picking up huge chunks of yardage with his feet or handing it to the ultra-elusive Triston Truelove at running back. With the graduation of Berryhill, who will wrestle at the University of Oklahoma, head coach Brad Ballard will reload behind several familiar faces eager to make a repeat run in Class 4A. Truelove (5-9, 180, Sr.) comes back on the heels of a 1,621-yard, 16-touchdown performance as a junior. He’s a patient runner that reads blocks well and has the juice to get through small spaces in a hurry. Truelove can be hard to find behind a trio of large and imposing blockers. Colin Naney (6-1, 245, Sr.), Kaya Wong (6-0, 240, Sr.) and Korben Graham (6-4, 260, Jr.) started a combined 42 games last year and are as good a reason as any to call the Tigers the team to beat again in Class 4A. Trevino also graduated at receiver, leaving all the spoils to henchman Parker Ross (5-11, 190, Sr.), who had a huge championship game against Bethany. Ross caught 49 passes for 890 yards and 10 scores in 2018. He can work underneath or beat you deep. Mason Stokes (6-5, 185, So.) adds a different dimension to the offense with his height. Stokes was on his way to a great freshman season before tearing his ACL against Plainview in week 3. Replacing Berryhill won’t be an easy task, but Ballard believes he has three quarterbacks ready to direct the Tigers’ attack. Luke Surber, Jayden Seebold and Cole Battles are all talented and all showed promise over the summer. Battles is finally healthy after fighting off injuries the past two years. 

DEFENSE

The Tigers defense was a perfect complement to the offense. Only twice in 14 games did Tuttle allow the opposition to score more than two touchdowns. Piledriving linebacker Dylan Coffman has graduated but seven starters return from a mistake-inducing wrecking crew. Linebacker Zane Vasquez (6-0, 195, Sr.) led the team with 118 tackles and 13 tackles for loss. Vasquez specializes in putting pressure on the quarterback and is relentless in pursuit of the football. Luke Serber (6-1, 185, Sr.) and Bodie Brooks (6-0, 185, Jr.) roam free behind the Tigers’ three-man front. Same with most everyone on the Tuttle defense: they can get to the football in the blink of an eye. Naney is just as impactful on the defensive line. He even picked off a pass from his down position in addition to numerous stops behind the line of scrimmage. In total, the returning starters for Tuttle intercepted a combined 14 passes, evidence of just how much speed lives on that side of the football. Free safety Ethan Paxton (5-11, 180, Jr.) led the team with six picks and made 84 stops in the back of the defense. Joseph Yarbrough (5-11, 160, Sr.) also returns to a spot in the secondary. Tuttle is talented, experienced and balanced. Count on the Tigers to be the apex predator again in Class 4A.