Filling the Gaps
SHORT NIGHT FOR NORMAN'S DEAN
Norman's new starting quarterback, Jakcob Dean, and the Tigers took their sweet time during their drive-to-score portion Top of the World Football Classic against Deer Creek.
On the first drive, the Tigers controlled the clock for nearly six minutes. They ended the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dean to junior wide receiver George Carter. That was all Norman coach Greg Nation needed to see from Dean during the series. He put backup quarterback, junior Levi Frederickson, in for the remainder of the drive-to-score scrimmage.
MILLWOOD OFFENSE UNITING WITH BATSON AT QB
As a receiver the last couple of years, Millwood's Cameron Batson has tortured defenses when he got the ball in his hands.
And that's bad news for opponents, because with his shift to quarterback, Batson's handling the ball a lot more following the graduation of London Potts.
He scored the only touchdown in Millwood's 7-0 win over Douglass in the All-City Preview final, breaking one tackle and spinning out of another for the 10-yard score. And he showed he can throw the ball, too.
“The offense is coming together real well,” receiver Alfonzo McMillian said. “We're getting a lot of things worked out and getting much smoother.”
NOBLE DUO FILLING WOOD'S VOID
The Noble Bears have to replace 1,778 yards and 24 touchdowns from last season, all of which came from running back Jimmy Wood.
They're doing so with seniors Nik Wahl and Austin Echols. Wahl and Echols, of course, saw the field last year, but this year, Noble coach Steve Barrett said the offense is more balanced.
“It's going extremely well,” Barrett said.” We're replacing almost a 2,000-yard rusher, but we basically ended up riding him, riding the horse every game. We're a lot more balanced this year.”
RBs STAND OUT FOR NORTHWEST CLASSEN
Last year, Lorenzo Alexander carried quite a load at running back for Northwest Classen, but there doesn't seem to be much drop-off without him.
Fre'Darian Ashley and T'Auboleik Vick both showed their skills Friday night, each with a blend of power and speed.
DOUGLASS' GADDIS COMING ON
Weighing a lean 175 pounds, Brandon Gaddis doesn't look like some of the big-bodied backs that have come through Douglass the last few years. But in his second week of scrimmages as the Trojans' starting tailback, Gaddis appeared more comfortable.
He showed his quickness with a couple of long runs against Southeast, including a touchdown, in the All-City semifinals, and had to work for some tough yards against Millwood's strong defensive front.