“I have been very tough on him because my expectations of him are so high, and I will continue to be tough on him,” Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. “But he sure played well tonight and did some really good things. Hopefully that can continue.”
Antwine's biggest plays came in the red zone when he kept a receiver from getting open near the goal line.
He is receiving interest from Iowa State, Navy and North Dakota State.
JaVone Knox, Putnam City
The first touch of the ball for Knox during the first of two scrimmage quarters on Thursday night was a 17-yard run into the end zone. Knox finished the two quarters with seven touches for 28 yards.
“He's a strong, physical kid,” Putnam City coach John Wofford said. “He's very powerful in his lower body. And he works hard.”
Dustin Pierce, Jones
The senior linebacker was his usual self on Thursday night, making plays in the running game and providing good pass coverage while playing outside and middle linebacker.
The three-year starter led a strong defensive effort as the Longhorns gave up only three first downs in five series against Bethany and Harrah.
Pierce wasn't the only standout on Jones' defense. Defensive tackle Ty Hughes and fellow linebacker Blaine Hill also showed why the Longhorns' front seven will be tough to move the ball on this season.
“Dustin on the outside and Ty Hughes right there in the middle are going to make us really tough,” said coach Dave Martin. “We've got a bunch of fast, talented kids over there that really fly to the football. They all played well tonight.”
Kyle Duke, Bethany
The junior quarterback showed off his dual threat ability while running Bethany's up-tempo zone read offense.
However, the offense struggled to move the ball against Harrah or Jones. A problem coach Reagan Roof attributed to poor offensive line play.
“I thought he ran the ball well and did a good job of managing our run game,” said Roof. “But it's hard to tell how I would grade him on our passing game, because the line didn't protect him very well tonight.”
Two projected starters on the offensive line were held out of Thursday night's action.
Duke rushed for 40 yards on three carries with a 20-yard touchdown against Harrah. He connected on 3-of-6 pass attempts.