Guthrie receiver L’liott Curry knows he has to be more of a leader this season than he was during the Bluejays’ 14-0 run to the Class 5A state title last fall.
And that leadership showed in Guthrie’s first scrimmage of the season, against Douglass and Tulsa Kelley on Friday night at Langston University.
Curry and running back Idae Alexander each made big plays for the Guthrie offense, which showed some big-play potential. But Curry also saw plenty of room for growth, too.
“We’ve got to get in and watch this film. This film is like gold to us,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of things we can learn from, and a lot of good things, too. We’ve got a lot of inexperience, and we’ve got to pick it up and get going.”
The Bluejays are breaking in a new quarterback, with Zane Maltz taking the majority of the snaps Friday night. A talented athlete, the 200-pound Maltz was in line to be the team’s starting defensive end. He showed the ability to both run and throw.
“He’s an athletic kid, and he’s a smart kid,” first-year coach Kelly Beeby said. “He’s got good awareness of what his role on the team is, and he won’t make mistakes that will get you beat.”
DOUGLASS OFFENSE SHOWS VERSATILITY
Douglass quarterback Patrick McKaufman showed significant improvement in the passing game from his freshman to sophomore season, and in the first live action of his junior year, it looks like he’s ready to take another step.
The Trojans used a variety of running backs to grind out yardage, consistent with coach Willis Alexander’s style. Meanwhile, the passing game showed the ability to strike for big yards on both short and long routes.
“I thought we were better in the passing game than we’ve been in a while,” Alexander said. “I think right now, offensively, we’re ahead and defensively, we’re coming along.”
The offensive line has some holes to fill, but has gelled well in the first two weeks of camp.
“I think we did pretty good tonight, but we can always do better,” said junior Xavier Mason. “We’re coming together as a group, and I think we’re gonna be ready for the season.”
TULSA KELLEY YOUNG BUT TALENTED
With one injured senior offensive lineman sidelined Friday, Tulsa Kelley coach J.J. Tappana had three sophomores playing up front, and the youngsters came through.
But with only about five seniors expected to start overall, Tappana will be counting on youth at a lot of positions.
With the defense also battling injuries, it was the Comets’ offense that carried the load Friday. Third-year starter Ryan Martin, a lanky senior, gave the offense balance in the passing game to go with a rushing attack that will rely on multiple backs.
“We’ve got three really good backs that I’m excited about,” Tappana said. “My quarterback’s been playing for a long time and is a real heady kid.
“I’m happy with the offense, and I’m even happier there were no injuries.”