High school notebook: Ball control helping Douglass

Douglass coach Willis Alexander says his team has been taking better care of the ball. Next, the Trojans face a struggling Glenpool team.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: September 29, 2012
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Douglass coach Willis Alexander sees one simple but effective improvement in his team's play contributing to its current three-game win streak.


Turnovers plagued the Trojans in the first two weeks of the season, losses to Tulsa Washington and Millwood, but the problem has been minimized the last three weeks.

“We're taking better care of the ball, and that has really made a big difference,” Alexander said. “I don't know if we're good yet. When you open with the schedule we do, it's easy to start 0-3.

“The kids are starting to play better each week. We knew time would take care of a lot of things.”

Running backs Chris High and Chavez Wyatt have sparked the offense, which has scored at least 38 points each of the last three weeks. High is one of two Douglass players, along with defensive back Terry Harris, to receive a scholarship offer from Morgan State, an FCS school in Baltimore.

The Trojans face a struggling Glenpool squad, coming off its second win of the season, 27-26 over Harrah in double-overtime.

But Alexander knows his team can't take the Warriors lightly.

“They're gonna play us hard,” he said. “We have the utmost respect for their program and we know they'll be ready to play us.”

MIDWEST CITY STRONG ON SPECIAL TEAMS

The best thing for Midwest City about its 61-0 win over U.S. Grant on Thursday — other than finally getting a win — was its special teams play.

The Bombers blocked a pair of punts, and Cornell Neal returned a pair of punts for touchdowns as Darrell Hall got his first win as Midwest City's coach.

Neal got the scoring started with a 36-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, then returned another 49 yards in the third.

Jordan Huff and Dante Sezar blocked punts.

Perhaps the most encouraging sign, though, was the emergence of kicker Osvaldo Estupinan.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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