‘AVERAGE' NIGHT FOR WESTMOORE
Westmoore coach Billy Langford wasn't overly impressed with his team's performance in a 7-0 half-game loss to Edmond North, but he encouraged his club to move forward with Thursday's learning experience.
“We were average,” he said. “We've got to get our offensive line guys squared away. These teams give us a bunch of different looks. So it will be interesting to see how they perform with a week of practice where they can know what to expect instead of just jumping out there against all these different defenses in a scrimmage like this.”
Junior Bryson Lee took all the first-team snaps at quarterback Thursday night and is expected to be the starter in the Moore War next Friday. He has a deep group of receivers
“It's a good, solid group, and pretty deep,” Langford said. “Some guys who can make some plays. We're excited about those guys.”
SOUTHMOORE DEFENSE PICKING UP
Senior Jalen Adams knows the offense is still a work in progress with a new starting quarterback and other holes being filled around him. But he was impressed by the play of the defense against Norman North on Thursday night in Mustang.
“Our defense definitely stepped it up since last week's scrimmage,” Adams said. “I'm proud of them. They're really flying to the ball and making plays.
“We're coming together on offense. We've got to get the chemistry down with the young guys, but they're pretty smart, so I think they'll get it down soon.”
MEMORIAL'S MARCHÀ MAKES 52-YARD FG
Edmond Memorial senior kicker Justin Marchà made a 52-yard field goal as time expired to seal a 24-21 victory for the Bulldogs against Del City.
The two teams played just one half of football with a running clock.
With no timeouts, Memorial was able to scramble and get the kick off following an intentional grounding penalty.
“Justin did a great job,” Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. “That field goal there at the end was a good kick, and he's worked really hard. I'm proud of him.”
First came the holding penalty, then the illegal procedure penalty, then personal foul penalty and then the delay of game.
They all left Moore coach Todd Watters shaking his head.
“Oh my goodness,” he said when asked about the offensive line's struggles at this week's scrimmage.
“We've got one experienced starter on the offensive line and that shows. We're making silly mistakes. What was disappointing is that our returner got a penalty, but his is usually due to effort. He does a great job.
The line returns only one start from last year: Canaan Cook.
“We're making gains, but we still have a long ways to go on the offensive line and a lot of improvement to make, but they're getting there, Watters said.”
Watters said what he was most pleased with on the scrimmage was how his team faced adversity.
WAREHIME THINKS DEL CITY EVEN BETTER THIS WEEK
Del City really impressed last week against Class 5A defending champion Carl Albert.
But coach Nick Warehime was even more impressed with his team Thursday night at Edmond Memorial.
“I think we were better this week than we were a week ago,” he said. “There's no doubt.”
The Eagles' defense was again solid, only allowing a few big plays, which included a 65-yard TD run by speedy running back Warren Wand.
“For the majority of the time, I thought they played really good defense,” Warehime said. “They hit some plays and their good running back got loose; we didn't maintain leverage on that play and they made a good play. I thought we played pretty good.”
SIMMS SOLID AT QB FOR JONES
The Jones Longhorns received solid production at quarterback from sophomore Clayton Simms on Thursday night.
Simms, who is replacing current Norman North quarterback David Cornwell, made plays with his arm and legs while leading three touchdown drives against Bethany and Harrah.
“He's young, but he's got the potential to really be a solid quarterback,” said coach Dave Martin. “He's throws the ball well, and now he's focusing on making the right reads. He's got a great run game to help him this year, so it's one of those things where the guys around him are going to take a little pressure off him. We've been pleased with how he's managed it so far.”
HARRAH BASKETBALL STAR SHOWS WR ABILITY
Harrah coach Phil Webb expressed excitement over basketball star Collin Jennings coming out for the football team this season.
On Thursday night, the receiver showed what the excitement was all about — hauling in a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kostner Ingram.
The score, in which Jennings leapt over the cornerback to make a juggling catch, was the only touchdown surrendered by the Jones defense on the night.
“We got (Jennings) out this year, and he's been a great athlete for us,” Webb said. “He's always been a basketball gym rat. We knew he had a lot of talent, so we we're glad to get him out this year. He's been an asset for us obviously.”