NEWCASTLE — Those familiar with Oklahoma high school football might not have recognized the visiting team as it warmed up at Racer Stadium before Friday's game.
And once the game kicked off, the confusion only increased.
Tuttle beat Newcastle, its archrival, 34-10 Friday with a new offense to go with its new helmets.
The all-white helmets, which have one red stripe, are simpler without a logo.
The offense, however, is a little more complicated than the double-tight, ace system the Tigers have run for the past several years.
Tuttle used its new diamond offense to run through and past Newcastle defenders.
“We really didn't have that many running backs, but we had a lot of tight ends,” Tuttle coach Phil Koons said of the former offensive system. “This year, we moved Blake Jarwin to tackle — he was our best tight end — and we just don't have any tight ends that are ready to play yet.”
What the Tigers aren't lacking is skill position players, starting with senior running back D.J. Boles, the 5-foot-6, 165-pound dynamo who ran 22 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's win.
“We've got a plethora of backs,” Koons said. “We've studied some of what OU and OSU did. We saw that formation and started toying with it in the spring, and that's all we ran at camp. We're more of a power running game and can option out of it. It seems to work out well for us.”
The Tigers also have more of a passing game than in years past with junior quarterback Cooper Koons, who, as the coach's son, is mentally able to run the complicated offense. Phil Koons said he chooses about half of the plays himself.
“A lot of people might think we're old-school Tuttle, lining up in the I, but we have a great receiving core,” Cooper Koons said. “Those guys can catch the ball. I don't ever have to throw a great ball; they'll catch whatever. ... It's easy, really.”
Cooper Koons and the Tigers certainly made it look easy in Friday's win. The quarterback completed seven of nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 50 yards and two scores.
The scariest thing for future Tuttle opponents? The Tigers only have seven seniors this season.
“It really looks promising for the next couple of years for us,” Phil Koons said.