By Robert Przybylo
Well, I saw nine different teams in the last two nights, and one team left an indelible impression on the Boneman. I know it’s only a scrimmage but give me the first seat on the Midwest City bandwagon.
I likey a lot what the Bombers did to Norman North at Mustang on Thursday. Scrimmages are always tough because you don’t know what the teams’ main goals are besides getting out of there healthy. The Timberwolves had their moments and only played Tyler Tettleton sparingly, but the Bombers were swarming to the ball.
There was no answer for MWC’s Timothy Flanders. He finds the smallest crease, and whoop, he’s gone. He did it twice to one of the best defenses in 6A.
Both Flanders and Beau Blankenship said the scrimmage felt different from the other ones. They admitted there was some real intensity, some real hitting go on. And both kept things in perspective. Actually, that’s almost all MWC coach Steve Huff was trying to instill into his players afterward.
For the record, it was MWC 14, NN 0. The teams played two 12-minute quarters.
Other thoughts from Thursday: McGuinness looked like, well, McGuinness. I was impressed with how QB Ryan Randolph was able to elude Lawton Eisenhower defenders almost all night long. He didn’t look gimpy at all on his left ankle.
The Irish will look even better when RB Alex Valle comes back. I don’t know if that will be enough against Guthrie, but they will be full strength.
Gabe Ikard recovered a fumble for a touchdown. But I had to give him grief because he was run down by a lineman but used a stiff arm. I kid because I love. Gabe, please don’t step on me.
If Flanders was the star of the night, Lawton MacArthur’s Javon Harris wasn’t too far behind. He was the highlight for the Highlanders. Two touchdowns, one a sweet screen pass that he took 70 + yards.
In the opener, Mustang overpowered Altus. The Broncos have a couple of backs to be on the lookout for. Hunter Smith and Ben Green both provide something for defenses to ponder.
Friday, off to Deer Creek. And surprise, we have a commitment. Antlers TE Zach Trujillo has committed to Kansas State. He was offered Wednesday night. 24 hours later, he was a Wildcat.
Another example of an Okie finding the promised land elsewhere. Trujillo looked dominant out there against Tecumseh as did some of his other Deer Creek mates.
Dax Dilbeck had a beautiful 60-yard run. He ran all the way to the right and uh oh, reversed his field. And then he…was…gone.
I’m excited about Deer Creek this season. This is the year (if ever there was one). It’s going to be more than the Dax & Zach show, but those two alone will keep ‘em in any game.
Well, scrimmages are done. Besides the obvious McGuinness/Guthrie game, throw out some other gems you guys can’t wait for Thursday or Friday for.