Cleveland Football Feature – Presented by Blue Sky Bank

Cleveland Tigers

Coach: RICKY WARD 

Schedule:
8-29 – vs. Glenpool 

9-5 – vs. Hominy

9-13 – at Mannford 

9-27 – at Oologah 

10-4 – vs. McLain 

10-11 – at Bristow 

10-17 – at Catoosa 

10-25 – vs. Grove 

11-1 – at Miami 

11-8 – vs. Wagoner 

Quick Hits:

Cleveland beat Glenpool 48-34 in the season opener. It was the first win over the Warriors since 1997. Glenpool had won 10 straight prior to 2018. 

Quarterback Ben Ward had a huge year but perhaps his best game was against rival Hominy. Ward went 16-21 passing for 281 yards and six touchdowns. He even added 51 yards rushing. 

The Cleveland-Hominy series has become somewhat one sided as of late with the Tigers winning 10 of 11 against the Bucks including last years 42-12 drubbing.   

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 5-5

2017 – 4-6 

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 3-6

2014 – 5-5

2013 – 5-6

OFFENSE 

As the Cleveland Tigers enter the 2019 season, there are some notable changes to the team and the coaching staff. Several key players were lost to graduation and the offensive coordinator left for Choctaw. Head coach Ricky Ward will handle both coordinator jobs this season and has hired two new coaches to the staff. What he does return are several players with Friday night lights experience and a quarterback looking to leave his mark on the program. Ben Ward (6-1, 185, Jr.) threw for 2,334 yards on 141 completions last season with 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 307 yards and two scores on the ground. Ward was selected to the VYPE Top 100 for his efforts as a sophomore and he’s expected to perform just as good or better as a junior. Asher Brewer (6-2, 185, Jr.) rushed for 279 yards and four TDs last year for the Tigers. Ward is looking forward to turning these two loose this season. “We’re looking to build a good offensive output from last season,” Ward said. “Junior QB Ben Ward and junior RB Asher Brewer are looking to lead a new group of starters for this season.” Keagen Chapman (5-8, 170, Sr.) will get the start at wide receiver, where he accounted for 215 yards of offense last season. Justin Keeler (5-11, 190, Sr.) is a big fullback Ward will utilize in the offense. Kainan Wade (5-9, 275, Jr.) and Kaden Hanna (6-1, 300, Sr.) start at guard and center, respectively. Both are returning starters. 

DEFENSE 

There will be a few familiar faces on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers as several guys will go both ways this season. Hanna will start at tackle where he had 58 tackles and six sacks on the season. He also accounted for 12 TFLs. Brewer and Chapman will both start at linebacker. Brewer was solid last season with 55 tackles, while Chapman had 41 and an interception. Caden McArthur (6-0, 205, Jr.) is a new starter to the defense, but saw action last season and grabbed 17 tackles in a limited role. Luke Hollowell (5-11, 210, Sr.) is returning after ACL surgery last season. The quick defensive end had 39 tackles and three sacks before injury ended his season. Ethan Aguilar (5-11, 150, Jr.) starts at safety and like Hollowell, he’s a new starter to the defense. “We graduated a large part of our offense and defense, but the young kids have worked hard this offseason and are ready for the challenge ahead,” Ward said.