Filling the gaps
Qualan Johnson, Midwest City
The Bombers' new running back made his biggest play on Midwest City's final drive, when he bounced away from a hit in the backfield on third down and turned it into a first down.
The run was one of two Johnson had on third down in the series, which was capped by a touchdown in the final minute to help the Bombers pull off a 7-7 tie against Carl Albert.
Kilby McGuire, Midwest City
McGuire, taking the spot that was expected to be filled by Joel Davis, was uneven in his second scrimmage as the Bombers' starting quarterback.
“He played like a first-time starter,” Midwest City coach Darrell Hall said. “He got antsy in the box sometimes, even when he got good protection.”
But McGuire did get a big lift in the final minute, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Zac Brannon in the final minute to salvage the tie against Carl Albert.
Steven Thompson and Bryan Williams, Carl Albert
The quarterback/running back tandem turned in a good performance against their crosstown rivals.
“They did what we wanted them to do,” Titans coach Gary Rose said. “Bryan's got to get in shape, because we've got to use him on both sides, but overall it was much better than last week.”
Mostly sticking to the ground, Thompson and Williams hurt Midwest City with the zone read, though Rose said there was still plenty of improvement to be made.
“Stevie's really green,” Rose said. “Quarterback is a spot where there's no way to simulate it. You've got to get them out there in game situations and see how they do. He did better. He still missed some reads, but it's coming around.”
Kyle Duke and Tino Vann, Bethany
Duke is taking over as quarterback for Bethany and was constantly harassed by the Jones defense Thursday night.
“Tonight was good for him,” Bethany coach Reagan Roof said. “He needed to see some of the pressure that he got tonight. In 3A, and in the district we are in, he is going to see some physical football teams and he is going to have to learn to sit in there and play in that type of environment.”
A positive for Bethany against Jones was Vann at running back. At just 5-6, Vann is quick and hard to find.
“He's got a chance,” Roof said. “He's not very big. We get him a crease here and there, and he's got a chance to make some plays.”
Edmond Memorial quarterback
The Bulldogs are still looking for their starting quarterback to replace last year's starter, Ry Huff. Coach Justin Merideth continues to whittle down the competition, which included as many as five players at the start of camp.
Merideth hopes to have the debate settled after watching tape from Thursday night's scrimmage at Del City.
“We feel like our quarterbacks can be playmakers, and we want them to be playmakers. They're going to have the ball in their hands every play,” he said. “We'll watch the film and make a decision (Friday).”
By Scott Wright, Ryan Aber and Ed Godfrey