Pigskin Preview Revealed: Collinsville Cardinals Feature – Presented by Summit Physical Therapy Owasso

Collinsville Cardinals

Coach: KEVIN JONES 

Schedule:
9-6 – at Oologah 

9-13 – at Bartlesville 

9-20 – vs. Ponca City 

9-27 – vs. Claremore 

10-4 – at Memorial 

10-11 – vs. Tahlequah 

10-17 – at East Central 

10-25 – vs. Pryor 

11-1 – at Skiatook 

11-8 – vs. Rogers 

Quick Hits:

Collinsville finished with a perfect regular season for the first time since 1979. The Cardinals were upset in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs in 1979 by Grove. 

Bryaden Burd left quite an impression on the Ada Cougars. Burd returned a kick for a score, rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown along with recording two sacks and forcing a fumble on defense in a 41-7 win. 

The Cardinals defense held eight of their 13 opponents to single digits or less in 2018. That was the second best total in Class 5A behind only eventual state champ Carl Albert who had nine such games. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 12-1

2017 – 5-5 

2016 – 9-3

2015 – 8-5 

2014 – 8-3 

2013 – 10-3 

OFFENSE 

In 2018, the Cardinals lost in the Class 5A state semifinals to the eventual champions. Going 12-1 sounds great, but when you’re that close, the other 12 wins seem to get lost. Head coach Kevin Jones has done a tremendous job during his tenure at the helm, going 42-18 in the last five seasons. Four players return to the offensive side of the ball in 2019, including running back Brayden Burd (5-10, 195, Sr.), who amassed 1,049 yards and 15 touchdowns averaging 9.8 yards per carry. Zac Robbins (6-2, 245, Sr.) and Isaac House (6-5, 275, Sr.) are two outstanding linemen who bring a physical style of play to the battle in the trenches. Look for Andrew Wilson (6-0, 175, Sr.) at wide receiver. Last season Wilson had five receptions for 57 yards in a limited role. Jones admits there are “a lot of new faces” on the team this year but expects those underclassmen to live up to the expectations that are in place at Collinsville. 

DEFENSE 

In typical Collinsville fashion, look for the Cardinals to play a fast, physical brand of football. Burd leads the way at linebacker. His toughness and ability to make ball carriers pay makes him one of the top linebackers in the class. Last season Burd had 89 tackles (five for loss), five sacks a fumble recovery. In his career, he has 214 tackles. Peyton Russell (5-11, 210, Sr.) had 84 tackles to his credit last season with one QB sack. He also grabbed a fumble and took it to the house. Gage Tacker (6-2, 210, Sr.) is quick off the edge at defensive end. Tacker nabbed 88 tackles and seven sacks in 2018. The secondary includes Cole Kuykendall (5-9, 155, Sr.) and Eli Benham (5-8, 150, Jr.). Kuykendall had two picks last season with 27 tackles. Benham added 23 tackles.