Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said star quarterback Justice Hansen's hamstring is improving, but he is still day-to-day entering Thursday's season opener against Midwest City.
Hansen, an Oklahoma commitment, missed last week's scrimmage at Putnam City North after aggravating a hamstring injury he suffered in practice during the previous week's scrimmage against Norman North.
The plan Thursday is for Hansen to play, though he could be limited.
“He's a lot better. He's healing,” Manning said. “We feel good about him the rest of the season.
“He's planning on being back, he's throwing well and moving well. We just don't want to rush it.”
Santa Fe has played four other quarterbacks besides Hansen in the scrimmages: backup Keaton Torre, Cameron Westbrook and Kaden Mendenhall.
STAR SPENCER COUNTING ON RUN GAME
Having graduated a power runner in Kenneth Davis, Star Spencer will turn to quickness in the backfield this season.
Speedy junior Jerome Smith leads the way behind a big but young offensive line that will be the key to Star Spencer's rushing success as the Bobcats try to make a return to the playoffs.
Another junior, Milon Smith, and senior quarterback Marshawn Reid II contribute in the run game as well.
Though the Bobcats have very few seniors on the roster, coach James Harding has been pleased with his team's maturity through the preseason.
“We've still got some guys who are a little untested,” said Harding, entering his third year at Star. “But you can tell we're a little more of a veteran football team by our execution. It's probably been its best since I've been here.
“These guys have been in the weight room during the summer. We went to a couple of camps, so even though we're young, we're expecting a lot out of those guys.”
Star Spencer opens the season hosting rival Millwood Thursday night.
EDMOND NORTH GRAD DIKE EARNS BIG 12 HONOR
Oklahoma State freshman soccer player Courtney Dike, from Edmond North, was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
Dike scored three goals and had one assist in a pair of Cowgirl wins last week. She scored twice against Oklahoma to help OSU rally from a 1-0 deficit for the win.
Dike scored the opening goal and later assisted on another goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, in a 2-1 victory over Gonzaga on Sunday.
Through four games, Dike leads the Big 12 in goals, points and shots.
GUTHRIE PREPPING FOR WISHBONE
Guthrie players will see an offensive formation this week at Duncan that may seem a little odd to them: the Wishbone.
The Demons have been running it the past few seasons, including last season when they split between the Wing-T and the Wishbone.
“Twenty years ago in Oklahoma you would have seen a ton of it,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “Now our kids are wondering why all of the backs are right there. We're used to seeing one; if there's two backs it seems like a full backfield anymore. With them, they've got the true old-wishbone.
“We've got to be sound defensively and knowing all of our responsibilities and playing sound, fundamental defense football.”
Watkins said the focus to start preseason workouts was stopping the option in hopes of remaining disciplined against an offense like Duncan's.
But Duncan has also shown the ability to throw the ball out of the formation in scrimmages against Ada and Lawton.
“Of course they've got some nice little play action passes, just like OU used to do,” Watkins said. “They don't have a lot of passes, but if you're having success running the ball and you've got to go to the pitch and all of a sudden you take three steps forward and that one wideout they've got on your side goes by, then you are in trouble.”