Keys for Tulsa Kelley-Claremore game
By Zach West
Thanks to The Oklahoman’s partnership with Cox Communications, I spent over an hour this morning compiling bullet points for tonight’s Tulsa Kelley-Claremore matchup. While the points will be featured on Cox’s broadcast of the game tonight, I figured I would give our blog readers a sneak peak at what to watch for.
3 keys for Claremore
- Despite the loss of standout running back Timmy Butcher (239 yards, 3 TDs) to a leg injury last week against Owasso, the Zebras should still be in good shape in the backfield, as senior Jesse Bickell (189 yards, 2 TDs) has been moved over from fullback to fill the hole.
- Since Claremore and Tulsa Kelley have relatively similar talent at the skill positions, Claremore will attempt to jump-start a playoff run in the trenches with a ball control offense. The Zebras missed the playoffs last year for the first time in 12 seasons, and they’re plenty fired up to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
- Keep an eye on senior fullback Jeremy Irving. Irving was the starting fullback a year ago until he blew out his knee, and has been behind Bickell ever since. With Bickell gone to tailback, Irving will once again be in the starting line-up.
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