After his team fell 53-31 to Tulsa East Central on Friday, Del City coach Nick Warehime didn't have to look far to see the positives as his team starts a brutal stretch over the first five weeks.
Offensive explosiveness and run defense.
All-or-nothing offense and pass defense, especially in the secondary.
“At times, we were really explosive, just really inconsistent,” Warehime said. “We'd run for 15, then put the ball on the ground. We've got to get more steady there.”
The defensive differences weren't completely unexpected as Del City faced one of the top receivers in the state in East Central's Stanvon Taylor.
“If we see them again, I imagine we'll do a few things differently,” Warehime said. “But their quarterback (Trevon Cherry) was a lot more accurate than he had been in their scrimmages, too.”
Del City plays the first of two consecutive Class 6A opponents this week when it faces Norman North.
PC WEST LOOKING TO BUILD ON WIN
Rocky Martin's coaching era at Putnam City West got off to a winning start last Thursday, 30-7 over Western Heights, behind a solid defensive performance.
“The boys are excited to get a win, and they did what we asked them to do,” Martin said. “The defense played well, and that was important for us.”
The Patriots also got a lift from running back Keontre Bryant, who helped fill the void of injured senior running back/safety Joseph Wilcots. Bryant rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries Thursday.
“He's a physical runner and a hardworking player,” Martin said.
The win was the Patriots' first since October 2010. But Martin knows the 1-0 record won't mean much if the team doesn't keep improving.
“We played well overall, but we've got a lot of areas to get better,” he said. “We've got a long ways to go, but for the first game, it was a good start.”
WACKERLY BACK FOR ANTLERS
After sitting out Deer Creek's two scrimmages, Antlers tackle Brandon Wackerley made his debut Friday night against Piedmont.
Wackerly, who is 6-6 and 330 pounds, missed the scrimmages after breaking his foot during the summer.
He normally rotates at defensive tackle but played offense only Friday night.
“He really moved well,” Gower said. “I liked where he was.”
HILL DRAWS ATTENTION
Blanchard wide receiver Zach Hill didn't put up big numbers in the Lions' 46-7 blowout of Bethany on Friday night.
That went to Tanner Foster and Kyle Self, who had two touchdown receptions each. Foster had about 130 yards receiving on eight catches.
But Hill — who did catch one touchdown — played a critical role all around.
“Zach's probably going to be our premier guy,” Blanchard coach Jeff Craig said. “But he only caught two balls. Bethany had to respect him all the time and that opened things up for our other guys.”
BEHRUS ENCOURAGED EVEN IN BLOWOUT
Plainview coach Chris Behrus certainly didn't like seeing his team blown out, 40-0, by Tuttle on Friday.
“That squad over there at Tuttle is unbelievably sound,” Behrus said. “Those kids were ready to play and they had us schemed up really well.”
But Behrus also took some positives away from the start.
“Our growth from week one to week two is going to be exponential,” he said. “As the game got away from us, our effort and our willingness to fight didn't and that's extremely encouraging. We're going to have a fun bunch, it's just going to take a little while to grow.”