FILLING THE GAPSMERIDETH NOT READY TO NAME STARTER
Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth saw good things from quarterbacks Luke Booker and Mick Mayerske on Thursday.
He just doesn't know who will be the starter next week against crosstown rival Edmond North.
“I think they both did some good things,” Merideth said. “We'll go back and watch the film and see if we can find some separation. I love both guys, both guys have worked really hard; we'll just look at the film and make a decision.
“We've just got to find the one that is the most consistent and did what we want the best.”
Booker, a senior, completed a 5-yard TD pass to Aster Cooper Jr. to give Memorial a 14-13 lead. Later, Mayerske, a junior, found junior Jordan Reid for a touchdown of nearly 50 yards.
Booker later connected with Reid for a deep pass to set up the winning field goal by Justin Marchà.
Merideth, however, has yet to consider the possibility of using both next week.
“We'll just have to see how it goes,” he said. “God's honest truth is I hadn't planned on doing it and we'll just have to see. If we get to that point, we'll see.”
WAREHIME HAPPY WITH OL
Del City coach Nick Warehime was pleased overall with his new-look offensive line.
The Eagles' line allowed a few sacks, but mostly played well against Edmond Memorial's aggressive defense.
“Honestly, I thought they did a really good job considering Edmond didn't play very much base in a lot of stuff they did and brought a ton of pressure,” Warehime said. “I thought for the most part we did a good job with it.
“Our quarterbacks might have missed a couple hot reads that they could have taken care of, but that's why you're playing.”
PUTNAM CITY'S HUDSON GROWING
Putnam City's sophomore quarterback Braden Hudson is still transitioning into his role and it has not been completely mistake free.
Hudson completed all five of his passes, but late in the second quarter of the two-quarter scrimmage, he took a sack for a loss of 7 yards.
“Braden's getting better every week,” Putnam City coach John Wofford said. “He's still going to make a few sophomore mistakes. He made a few today, but he made some nice plays, too.”
STANDLEY PLEASED WITH DEFENSIVE INTENSITY
With his only returning defensive starter being held out of action this week, Norman North coach Wade Standley wasn't sure what to expect from his defense.
But the 11 new starters held up well in rapid-fire action and the half-game against Southmoore. That unit came up particularly big in the second half to hold Southmoore out of the end zone for a 7-0 win.
“I loved the intensity that we played with tonight,” Standley said. “They're very young. They're all guys who are eager to learn, and seeing them flying to the football is what I'm most encouraged about.
“We got better this week, and we've got to commit to get better next week to get ready for game one.”
JONES' STORY DISPLAYS SPEED
Jones running back Colton Story was the star of Thursday night's three-team scrimmage with Harrah and Bethany.
The senior rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries, showing why coach Dave Martin believes there won't be much drop off at the position after losing All-State running back Taylor Bilyeu.
“Colton didn't play much behind Taylor last year, but when he did we saw his capabilities,” Martin said. “We knew Colton had a chance to be a breakaway guy that can really make me people miss. He was really good tonight, and he's done what we've expected.”
SHELDON STRONG UP FRONT
When Putnam City left tackle Tyler Sheldon comes off the line, he's fast, and he's usually pushing the defender back more than 5 yards from the line.
“He didn't start for us last year, but this year he's one of our best offensive linemen,” Wofford said.
Wofford credits some of Sheldon's shoving success to his work in the weight room, and a lot to his size.
“He's about 310 (pounds), down from 330,” Wofford said. “He's a big, strong, physical kid.”
MOORE'S CORNER TRIO
Moore is looking to fill its two corner positions, and it has three great options. Casen Haddox, Tray Simpkins and Micah Haggerty make up the trio of corners competing for two positions.
After Thursday night's scrimmage, Moore coach Todd Watters said he'd have to go to the video to see which corner did the best.
“Those three are almost interchangeable,” Watters said. “Each one of them have their own strengths, and each one of them have their own weaknesses. There's probably going to be a situation where it's going to a matchup thing and one is going to be better than the other.
“They're all three equal and we're tickled how hard all three are playing and working. We're excited about the possibilities.”