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.