Douglass coach Willis Alexander sees one simple but effective improvement in his team's play contributing to its current three-game win streak.
Turnovers plagued the Trojans in the first two weeks of the season, losses to Tulsa Washington and Millwood, but the problem has been minimized the last three weeks.
“We're taking better care of the ball, and that has really made a big difference,” Alexander said. “I don't know if we're good yet. When you open with the schedule we do, it's easy to start 0-3.
“The kids are starting to play better each week. We knew time would take care of a lot of things.”
Running backs Chris High and Chavez Wyatt have sparked the offense, which has scored at least 38 points each of the last three weeks. High is one of two Douglass players, along with defensive back Terry Harris, to receive a scholarship offer from Morgan State, an FCS school in Baltimore.
The Trojans face a struggling Glenpool squad, coming off its second win of the season, 27-26 over Harrah in double-overtime.
But Alexander knows his team can't take the Warriors lightly.
“They're gonna play us hard,” he said. “We have the utmost respect for their program and we know they'll be ready to play us.”
MIDWEST CITY STRONG ON SPECIAL TEAMS
The best thing for Midwest City about its 61-0 win over U.S. Grant on Thursday — other than finally getting a win — was its special teams play.
The Bombers blocked a pair of punts, and Cornell Neal returned a pair of punts for touchdowns as Darrell Hall got his first win as Midwest City's coach.
Neal got the scoring started with a 36-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, then returned another 49 yards in the third.
Jordan Huff and Dante Sezar blocked punts.
Perhaps the most encouraging sign, though, was the emergence of kicker Osvaldo Estupinan.
After the Bombers missed two of their first three extra points, Estupinan came on to hit all six of his point-after tries.
Estupinan didn't join the team until Tuesday and had never played organized football before last week.
CUSHING WINS OT THRILLER
Cushing coach Barrett Shupe didn't want to mess around with a multiple-overtime game Friday night.
With his team needing seven points to tie Bristow and force a second overtime, Shupe decided one OT was enough, giving the ball to his workhorse tailback, Gage Stallworth, one more time. Stallworth converted the two-point try, producing a 64-63 win for Cushing.
Stallworth finished the day with 262 yards and five touchdowns on 44 carries. He also caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. He produced 44 of Cushing's 64 points.
The win lifted Cushing to 4-1 on the year and a perfect 2-0 in district play, with a nondistrict game against Henryetta this week
WAYNE GETTING PHYSICAL
Plenty went right for Wayne last season, as the Bulldogs took home their first state championship.
But one thing Wayne coach Brandon Sharp would've liked to have seen more of was turnovers.
The message has hit home so far this season.
After Wayne's 49-6 win over Caddo on Friday, the Bulldogs have forced more than 10 turnovers while giving the ball up just once.
“When we're tackling, the guys are ripping the ball out,” Sharp said. “The back end is also doing a good job and getting interceptions for us. That's something we've been stressing and it's paying off.”
Wayne plays at Stratford, which has won four consecutive games, on Friday.
WAGONER ROLLS BEHIND EVITT
After winning the Class 4A state championship last season with a team that starred Kevin Peterson, who is now at Oklahoma State, there was some question about how good Wagoner would be at running back.
Midway through the regular season, though, the Bulldogs are just fine.
In Friday night's 58-13 win over Tulsa McLain, Lawrence Evitt ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns and had a 66-yard touchdown reception as well.
Evitt now has 1,024 yards on 80 carries, averaging 12.8 yards per carry and rushing for 12 touchdowns for top-ranked Wagoner.