Jeremy Dombek knew the defense would be the last piece of the puzzle when he took over at Mustang. It wasn't about talent or intelligence.
His staff was putting in a completely new system, very different from what the Broncos had run in the past, so Dombek knew there'd be a learning curve.
“There were a lot of mistakes, especially defensively, but we're not anywhere close to where we're going to be,” Dombek said. “We'll get there. We ended up making some plays and getting some turnovers.”
Mustang trailed Union 12-0 but fought back to forge a tie.
“The scoreboard doesn't mean anything right now,” Dombek said. “But we got in a hole and we kept fighting. That says a lot about the kids' character.”
Bombers still looking at quarterbacks
Midwest City coach Darrell Hall is still looking at three players for the quarterback job, though it was the youngest of the trio who stood out in Thursday night's scrimmage against Muskogee, a 19-0 Bomber win.
Brendan Brown, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, capped a pair of drives with touchdown passes early against Muskogee. Aaron McKinney, a lanky, athletic junior, moved the offense as well, but had a pair of drives end with turnovers.
“We're not good enough to turn the ball over,” Hall said. “We're a running team, so if we do that, it'll open up the pass for us. Our offensive line has come a long way.”
Union's Silmon primed for breakout year
At times, running back Justin Silmon was the forgotten man in Tulsa Union's offense last season, despite rushing for over 1,100 yards while splitting carries.
But he grabbed the spotlight Friday night as Union played to a 12-12 tie at Mustang in the East-West Showdown.
Silmon has added about 25 pounds, and showed both quickness and power on multiple runs. He's getting some lower-level recruiting interest, but could improve his stock once he shows the improvement he made since last season.
“I'm not sure that he was tackled very much tonight,” coach Kirk Fridrich said. “The explosiveness he was showing tonight is what we thought we might see out of him. Last year he played at 168 pounds and he's over 190 now. The offseason was good to him, and it looks like it has helped him on the field with his explosiveness and strength.”
PC West's Stallings shows off quick feet
Putnam City West quarterback Steven Stallings is the definition of a scrambler. He's speedy and elusive, with quick cuts, though he struggled throwing the ball.
“He's a great athlete,” said PC West coach Rocky Martin. “He keeps plays alive His vision downfield is something special and he's a lot faster than people think he is. He sees his keys and if it's not there, we've given him the freedom to take off and run.”
New experience for Spartans
Southeast's Chris Vandersypen coached his first official scrimmage as the coach of the Spartans, and he's breaking in some players who are somewhat new to football, too.
“It was a brand new experience for a lot of them,” Vandersypen said. “A lot of these kids hadn't played either ever, or this is their first time in high school to play.
“It was definitely wide-eyed and kind of shell-shocked. I told these guys once they get a little more practice in them, it will kind of slow down. It was really fast for them today.