Norman dominates Buffs
Norman couldn't have scripted a better start to its 14-0 scrimmage victory against McAlester, one of the top teams in Class 5A on Thursday night at the Top of the World Classic at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
Norman intercepted Tony Kiefer in the first series, and the combo of junior running back Donovan Roberts and senior Jaime Myers did the rest.
Roberts broke off a 33-yard rush that set up a spectacular 9-yard touchdown run by Myers that saw him go left, turn back around and go right before eventually heading left again into the end zone.
"It's all about team unity," Roberts said. "We're coming together as one, as one heartbeat and doing all the small things it takes to win."
Roberts broke off another run of more than 30 yards during the night.
Wolves defense steals the show
All eyes are on the Shawnee offense and star quarterback Brayle Brown, but it was the defense that stepped up and showed the Wolves are prepared for moving up to Class 6A.
The Wolves forced three turnovers against Stillwater in winning 14-8. Shawnee picked off Jerame Littell twice and forced a fumble another time.
"Defense came after it tonight, and I thought we did a good job," senior wide receiver Leon Davis said. "We feel like we're ready for 6A, definitely. We've been ready since the summer."
Brown did not play because he was a little banged up from last week, said coach Billy Brown. Coach Brown said if this had been a game, Brayle definitely would have been out there.
Bombers-Titans renew scrimmage rivalry
It had been a few years since Midwest City and Carl Albert had scrimmaged in football.
The rival schools resumed the scrimmage Thursday night at Midwest City's Rose Field, with the Bombers winning 21-7 in the two-quarter exhibition.
"It's a good scrimmage for both of us," Carl Albert coach Gary Rose said. "They're really good and us being so close, it just makes sense."
Mustang defense much improved
There's a strong feel in the Mustang locker room that the defense is far more advanced right now than it was at this point last season.
Though the Broncos had to replace most of their defensive linemen and linebackers, they still have some experienced players in the lineup, such as linebacker Zac McKay and defensive backs Cale Witter, Jon Luckey and Taylor Sparkman.
"The strength is definitely on defense right now, which is a big change from last year," said senior Tyler Webster. "But with the way we're coming along on offense, it should be pretty equal come game time."
Missing from the Mustang lineup on Thursday night were some of the Broncos' top players, including receiver/cornerback David Glidden, who is nursing a sore knee.
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."