Filling the scrimmage gaps: Westmoore seeks a QB

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 22, 2013

“You don't really replace Joel as an all-state quarterback, but Caden is going to be great at that position,” Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said. “He makes plays. He almost always makes the right decision and the right read on things. Only downside is he's still going to start at free safety for us.”

Deer Creek's outside linebacker Cole Pacheco and middle linebacker Brandon Kidd will move in at LB, after Kooper Ruminer and Austin Loomis graduated. Pacheco and Kidd were at the core of applying pressure to Southeast and Putnam City West quarterbacks, forcing multiple incompletions and bobbled handoffs.

Pacheco is a two-time state wrestling champion who played football from middle school to his freshman year and found his way back to the field for his senior year.

PC West looking for linemen 

Putnam City West junior offensive lineman Tanner Gooch is just one of many lineman filling the gaps of several offensive linemen the Patriots lost.

“He's really stepped up,” PC West coach Rocky Martin said. “He didn't play last year because he had a back injury. He's gotten better and stepped in and did a good job.”

Union has all-new offensive line

Tulsa Union running back Justin Silmon knows he has five first-year starters blocking for him on the offensive line.

“But they don't look like it, do they?” Silmon said. “I was seeing holes everywhere. Sometimes I had holes and I didn't know which one to pick. They're really doing good, being first-year starters. I'm proud of them.”

by Scott Wright
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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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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