Much of the hype during Friday night’s four-team scrimmage in Choctaw centered around two of the best quarterbacks in the state — Shawnee’s John Jacobs and Choctaw’s Jonah Llanusa.
The stars didn’t disappoint.
With all plays starting at the offense’s 35-yard line, Jacobs connected on 11 of his 15 pass attempts with one pass going the 65-yard distance to the end zone. The East Carolina verbal commit also took an option-read play the distance, running around and away from the Tecumseh defense.
Llanusa, who has a scholarship offer from Navy, hit 8 of his 13 pass attempts with three of his incompletions being drops as he was rarely off target. Two of his passes resulted in 65-yard touchdowns.
“I felt like I played pretty good,” Llanusa said. “I don’t really know John personally. I follow him on Twitter, that’s the only thing I know about John. But we’ve went to a couple camps together and I’ve compared myself to him always. He’s a really good quarterback and it feels good for me to come out here and compete against him.”
TECUMSEH HOLDS ITS OWN AGAINST TOUGH COMPETITION
Class 4A Tecumseh held its own against 6A-II’s Choctaw and Sand Springs and 5A’s Shawnee.
The Savages were the only team featuring several two-way players, but they seemed to stack up well otherwise, specifically with the size of their offensive line that is returning four starters.
“I thought we competed pretty well,” said coach Jason Murray. “We may not have the numbers that the other schools out here tonight have, but it was good competition for us. We didn’t even really think about it. We just loaded up the wagons and came to play football.”
Running back Jordan Brown, fullback Jasper Smiley and a big offensive line shined in the running game for Tecumseh, which is expected to be its strength this season. The Savages also had a solid defensive effort except for allowing Jacobs’ 65-yard run.
“When we lined up and ran the ball I thought we did a good job,” Murray said. “Defensively we were doing fine until we had that one bust.”
SAND SPRINGS ALTERING OFFENSE WITH NEW QB
Sand Springs featured a tweaked offensive approach from a year ago with new quarterback Connor Sitton.
Sitton is replacing standout Cody Hale, who passed for morre than 2,500 yards last season. While the Sandites still featured mostly a spread attack, the offense has been adjusted to suit Sitton’s running ability with more option-read plays.
Sand Springs struggled to move the ball early on Friday night, but it eventually found success with its screen and short passing game.