HIGH SCHOOL SCRIMMAGE STAR WATCH
David Cornwell, Norman North
The ankle injury suffered in last week's scrimmage kept Cornwell out Thursday night, though he didn't appear bothered by the injury as he walked the sidelines at Mustang's Pigskin Preview scrimmage.
Norman North coach Wade Standley said the team will evaluate him on a day-to-day basis to check his availability heading into the Crosstown Clash against Norman next Thursday at Owen Field.
Filling Cornwell's spot was 6-foot-4 junior John Kolar, who impressed the crowd with his throwing arm. He hit Nick Basquine for a touchdown in the team's 7-0 win over Southmoore.
Frankie Edwards, Mustang
Edwards impressed with his tough running against Tulsa Union last week, but showed off the throwing arm on Thursday night.
He threw three touchdown passes and kept the offense moving smoothly before giving way to the second-teamers in Mustang's 20-14 half-game win over Lawton MacArthur.
Jacob Lewis, McGuinness
Lewis' quarterback play was solid, though the McGuinness offense ran hot and cold throughout the night.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior also saw considerable action at cornerback, a position he expects — and enjoys — to play during the season.
“We have two great corners right now, but if there's a situation where they need me, they'll definitely put me out there,” Lewis said. “I just love playing football, so it's good. I'll play anywhere.”
Dixon triplets, Edmond North
Anchoring Edmond North's defensive front seven, Andrew, Joel and Lance Dixon caused consistent problems for Westmoore's inexperienced offensive line.
But the triplets weren't the only stars. First-year coach Scott Burger was excited about the play of his defense as a whole in the 7-0 half-game victory at Mustang.
“Right now, the defense is the backbone of our team,” Burger said. “They've got seven starters back, and they're gonna have to hold the rope for us for a while until we get caught up. But we'll get caught up.”
Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial
Antwine, a 6-1, 200-pound defensive back, saw little thrown his way from Del City.
But when he was tested, he made it very difficult for the Eagles.
“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.