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Aggie Football Travels to Tyler Texas to Face the Steers

By Alyssa Fox on 11/01/2017

Goodwell, Okla.—The Aggies are ready and eager to get back onto the field this week as they travel to Tyler, Texas to face the Texas College Steers on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m.

The Aggies suffered a devastating loss to long-time rival Langston, but the team has not let it slow them down. Head Coach Russel Gaskamp and the team remain optimistically positive on the upcoming match-up against the Steers. A good team reflects on their losses but a great team awaits an opportunity to bounce back and show competitors what they are truly made of, and the Aggies have proven themselves a great team throughout this season. "We haven't been the best offensively, but all we want is a chance to improve and be better," says Gaskamp. From a historical standpoint, the Aggies have a great deal to play for. The team is currently 5-3 on the season and looking to go 7-3, an achievement which has only been accomplished once before in 2014 since 1986, and the Aggies hope to boast three winning seasons of the last four, a feat for recent Panhandle football history. "Playoffs are still in reach," says Gaskamp, and the team has already had two progressive practices this week and remains in good spirits.

Coach Gaskamp reveals the team has been focusing on elevating their performance on both sides of the ball to help secure this valuable road win. Turnovers have been a thorn in the paw of this Panhandle team this season, and this week the coaching staff is looking to mend that wound. "We need to go back and look at the cause of our turnovers and work on execution," Gaskamp notes, "At this point you have to look back at what you haven't done well and just focus [on correcting it.]" The team also looks to reestablish their run game, and although the defense has been riding high notes all season, Gaskamp reveals they still need to work on diminishing missed tackles and containing their opposition. He continues, "Defensively we have been improving all season," noting the only direction they're looking to go is forward. Though they fell to Langston under the weight of unfortunate penalties and turnovers, the Aggie defense boasted a season highlight on the shoulders of senior captain Zachary Perez-Clack. "Every once in a while you have a guy that plays his guts out, and Zach did that. He played the best game he's played since I have coached him," commends Gaskamp on the star senior. The Aggies have eighteen seniors this year, and hope to be able to send them off well at the culmination of the season.

Gaskamp remains sanguine of the Steers match up, but avowals that the 1-7 Tyler, Texas team is much-improved and showcases some offensive playmakers and dangerous players at skill positions. Gaskamp continued, "Defensively they run a very aggressive-style blitzing scheme with good man coverage behind it," and notes his team will have to work to make plays versus one-on-one coverage to offset the Steer's dexterous defense.

Traveling this week also provides a unique benefit for many Panhandle players, as a large portion of the team hails from Texas. "The guys will get a chance to see family they haven't seen in a while," notes Gaskamp. Aggie fans can hopefully make the trip to Tyler and join in the warm welcome from fellow family and friends of the athletes to make for an advantageously packed house this Saturday.

Live stats, video/audio streaming has not been made available by the host team for this game. Aggie fans wishing to keep up with the action may follow updates on Twitter and Facebook at the OPSU Aggie Athletics sites. If live coverage is offered, fans will be notified via those social media outlets.

Panhandle State Football returns to Anchor D Stadium at No Man's Land for their final game of the regular season next week with a matchup against Texas Wesleyan on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. That day will offer the Annual Chili Cook-off before the game, and senior athletes will be recognized prior to kickoff.


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