A change on defense was all Del City needed.
After starting the season 0-2 while running a 4-2 formation, the Eagles' coaching staff decided a switch to the 3-5 that assistant Ricky Oliver ran at Westmoore was worth a try.
Two wins later, it's apparent that was the right choice.
“There's holes in it and people make plays, but you're also playing against good athletes,” Del City head coach Nick Warehime said. “We've played four really good football teams and as they learn the defense and continue to get better we'll be better defensive team.”
The Eagles limited Class 5A state runner-up Lawton MacArthur to just 69 yards on the ground and picked off quarterback Ricky McCarty four times.
In Week 3, the Eagles limited Midwest City to just more than 200 yards of total offense.
McLOUD ENJOYING TURNAROUND
McLoud already has won more games this football season than it did the previous two years combined.
The Redskins (2-2) posted their biggest win in four years Friday night by rallying from 18-point halftime deficit on the road to defeat Glenpool, 36-25.
Nathan Clark's interception and 15-yard return for a touchdown to open the second half flipped the momentum for the Redskins.
“That just changed it for us,” said McLoud running back Klayton Adams, who had two rushing touchdowns in the game.
McLoud trailed 25-7 at halftime but outscored Glenpool 29-0 in the second half.
“Our kids kept believing,” McLoud coach Eric Cardin said. “They showed some character coming back at Glenpool.”
Junior quarterback Joseph Wood rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns while passing for another score.
“We just kind of put (it) on his back in the fourth quarter,” Cardin said.
Wood would have been the Redskins' starting quarterback last year as a sophomore but missed the entire season with a knee injury, Cardin said.
“He is a special athlete,” Cardin said. “People are going to start hearing about him.”
McLoud's combined record the previous two seasons was 1-19.
“We have taken our lumps the last two years,” Cardin said. “But we knew we were going to get better as the season went on when we got everybody back healthy.”
McLoud began this season with four starters sidelined with injuries (tight ends Kyle Abbott and Tyler York, receiver Will Olds and tackle Aaron Smith.)
All have returned to the lineup, but York was injured again Friday night and will be lost for the season after suffering a broken ankle, Cardin said.
CLASS 2A NO. 2 VIAN FEATURED FRIDAY ON NEWSOK
Class 2A No. 2 Vian's game Friday against Antlers will be broadcast on NewsOK.com/Varsity.
Vian (4-0) features lineman Rob Boyd, the No. 3 player on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits.
Boyd (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) is committed to Tulsa.
Vian has beaten its opponents by a combined 242-13, scoring 55 or more points in each game. Antlers is 0-4.
CHA, HERITAGE HALL MEET IN VOLLEYBALL SHOWDOWN
As the regular season nears its end, two of Class 5A's top teams will meet in what could be a state tournament preview.
Fourth-ranked Christian Heritage (25-6) will host No. 1 Heritage Hall (20-2) Tuesday night in a match CHA has termed “The Event, Round 2.” Last year's inaugural version of The Event, played against Oklahoma Bible, drew more than 600 fans for the match.
Heritage Hall has held the No. 1 ranking most of the season, with its only losses coming against two of Class 6A's top three teams, Edmond North and Edmond Memorial.