**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Drops First Game of the Season, 29-0
by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 9-2-07
(Goodwell, OK) Though the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies were a bit sluggish when they had the ball, there was plenty of pop in their defense in Saturday night’s 29-0 loss to Langston University. It was the opening game of the season for both OPSU and the Lions.
After a scoreless first quarter that was virtually dead even all the way, Langston picked up a touchdown and a two-point conversion late in the second quarter to take an 8-0 lead to the halftime break.
The Lions picked up two more touchdowns in the third quarter and another in the fourth to close the scoring at 29-0.
Langston is a tough and seasoned team with more than a dozen starters back from last year’s 7-3 season and first place finish in the Central States Football League.
OPSU head coach Mike Wyatt felt the Aggies played well on defense against the experienced Lions. He had special praise for 230-pound junior linebacker Matt Warner. Warner was all over Carl Wooten Field and was in on eighteen tackles (ten unassisted), forced a fumble and recovered another. OPSU linebacker Antonio Townsend was in on 13 tackles and two of them were for losses.
Jeff Thompson, an OPSU sophomore, brought the home crowd to their feet with an exciting 56-yard kick return in the second half.
“We’ve got a great deal of work to do and it’s back to the drawing board on offense,” Wyatt added. He is an experienced coach with a successful 25 years-plus track record, and knows how to operate on that drawing board.
The Aggies will get an extra week of preparation before their next game – again at home – against Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.