The All-City Preview trophy stayed with the Douglass Trojans with a 7-0 win over Millwood Friday night at Douglass, previewing what could be another classic Soul Bowl in Week 2 of the regular season.
Douglass got a big defensive stand inside the 3-yard line with less than seven minutes to play, then used its running back duo of Chris High and Chavez Wyatt to run out the clock.
The run game showed improvement over a week ago as the Trojans' young offensive line — there's not a senior among the starting five — continues to grow up.
“It's gonna take them time to jell as a unit,” Douglass coach Willis Alexander said. “The more time they spend together, the better they'll perform. Hopefully everything will come together when we want it to come together.”
As usual, Alexander was quick to remind his players that the Preview trophy won't mean much if they aren't playing in December.
“Everybody's 0-0 now,” he said. “If we don't go get it done, all this means nothing.”
ELDRIDGE GETS REDEMPTION
A year ago at the Top of the World Classic in Norman, McAlester linebacker Nick Eldridge's season ended before it began.
Eldridge suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Deer Creek in the final tuneup scrimmage, his second ACL tear in less than a year.
Friday night, though, Eldridge proved he's back in a big way, scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns in a 27-0 scrimmage win over Choctaw.
“It's really nice to do this back here,” Eldridge said. “We did really good on defense and should be the best defense in the state if everyone can stay healthy.”
With their top two linebackers out with injuries, Buffaloes coach Bryan Pratt said Eldridge's performance was encouraging.