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High school football scrimmage report: Norman dominates McAlester

Norman intercepted Tony Kiefer in the first series, and the combo of junior running back Donovan Roberts and senior Jaime Myers did the rest.
By Robert Przybylo, Ryan Aber, Justin Hite and Scott Wright, Staff Writers Modified: August 27, 2010 at 12:14 am •  Published: August 27, 2010
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Offensive lineman Caleb Schompert and defensive end Justus Elliot were also held out.

Irish still evaluating QBs

Bishop McGuinness quarterback Camden Tharp started and played the entire mini-game Thursday night in a 6-0 win over Lawton Eisenhower. But Irish coach Kenny Young says that doesn't signal an end to the team's quarterback competition.

Tharp and Quinn Shanbour both took snaps in the scrimmage portion of the night.

"We're just gonna continue to evaluate that week-to-week and figure out what we need to do," Young said. "One of the things we're really looking at right now is, will we be a better football team right now if we play one guy on offense and one guy on defense? I think it helped us tonight that we did that."

Millwood ironing out the kinks

Millwood's first play from scrimmage didn't go the way the Falcons planned Thursday. An interception gave Centennial an early lead, and nearly a dozen penalties almost knocked the Falcons out of the 2010 All-City Preview early.

"We were pretty nervous," Millwood offensive coordinator Kevin Cox said. "We've got some young guys playing for us. I think some of our guys were looking towards Douglass (Friday) night.... That might be good for our guys to face some adversity right up front."

Millwood won in overtime on a quarterback sneak by Kevonte Richardson.

Centennial running backs are similar

Every running back Centennial ran out against Millwood on Thursday night looked exactly the same: Stocky and straight down hill. Each probably felt the same to the Falcons' defenders they flattened.

"That's the weight room," coach Mark Ryan said.

Each of the Bisons' backs can squat more than 400 pounds and bench presses 275. Arm tackles were nothing for Nico Durham and Co.

"I think any time you run against Millwood, you are doing a pretty good job," Ryan said. "If the offensive line doesn't do it, nobody does."

Northeast QB shuffle

Instead of choosing a clear-cut winner in the battle for Northeast's starting quarterback role, coach Jim Thomas decided to use both.

"We are going to use the two-quarterback system simply because one can run and one can throw," Thomas said. "One can't throw, and the other can't run. We are going to accommodate those two young men."

The combo was effective against U.S. Grant on Thursday night as London Potts threw a touchdown pass, and Michael Thomas was effective running the Vikings' option attack.

Flanders shows fresh legs

Midwest City junior running back James Flanders had several runs longer, but none probably as impressive as his 9-yard carry on the Bombers' first possession against Carl Albert.

Flanders carried to his left initially before being met by several Titans defenders. But Flanders spun out of it, going all the way near the opposite sideline before turning upfield.

Flanders finished the scrimmage with around 75 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown run.

"He probably had the freshest legs of any of our guys," Bombers coach Steve Huff said. "He's had a tweaked hamstring the last couple weeks, and we're just now really getting him back."


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