Christian Heritage Academy has been making do without its star quarterback Colton Lindsey since he injured his shoulder in Week 1's 28-14 loss to Hennessey.
CHA coach John Merrell inserted Lindsey's brother, Spencer, in at quarterback, and the Crusaders are 2-1 since, including a 32-8 district-opening win against Northeast last week.
But the true test comes this week against No. 1-ranked Millwood and its star-studded secondary led by Cameron Batson and Alfonzo McMillian.
“Under the circumstances, he's done well,” Merrell said. “The game is starting to slow down a little bit to him because he's pretty inexperienced. It's moved pretty fast the first few games and was pretty much a blur.”
Spencer Lindsey, a 6-foot-5, 232-pound junior, was moved to quarterback last season and played just a few junior varsity games.
He's completed 30 of 58 passes for 485 yards, two interceptions and two touchdowns.
However, Colton Lindsey is not lost for the season. Merrell said he could return this week, though that appears doubtful.
“We're going to get Colton back, thank goodness,” Merrell said. “We're not going to rush him back and lose him for the year.”
INTERIM STUDY TO CONCLUDE THURSDAY
The interim study regarding the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association being conducted by an Oklahoma House committee will conclude on Thursday.
The sessions will start at 9:30 a.m. and finish around noon.
This is the third session of the study, with the first two focusing on the transparency of the organization, the appeals process, finances and costs of the schools for the OSSAA and the benefits it provides and more.
Several people have spoken against the OSSAA during the study, which could result in legislative action.
But Thursday will be a chance for the OSSAA to present its side when executive director Ed Sheakley is expected to speak.
On Tuesday, a booklet was dispersed containing 35 endorsements for the OSSAA, including endorsements from superintendents, coaches and state representatives.
OSSAA CLASSIFICATIONS RELEASED; MILLWOOD DOWN TO 2A IN BASKETBALL
The OSSAA released the basketball classifications for the 2013-14 season, and while there weren't many major changes among the large schools, some of the smaller classes saw some significant movement.
Perhaps the most notable is Millwood, which won the Class 3A boys title last March and the 3A girls title in 2012. The Falcons are moving down to Class 2A for the coming season.
Coyle, last year's Class B boys state runner-up, moves to Class A this season.
Okarche's girls won the Class A title last spring, while the boys have made the Class A state tournament six of the last eight years. But the school is dropping to Class B this season.
Cheyenne/Reydon, which qualified both its boys and girls teams for the Class A state tournament last season, also dropped down to Class B for the coming year.
All of the basketball and wrestling classifications are available online at OSSAA.com.
FALL BASEBALL REGIONALS BEGIN THURSDAY
Last year's fall baseball state champs are among the hosts for this week's regional playoff action that is set to begin Thursday.
Dale, which won Class A last fall, joins Byng, Sterling and Silo — the 2A spring champion last May — as the four regional hosts for Class A. Regionals will be hosted by Red Oak, winner of five of the last six combined fall and spring Class B baseball titles, along with Asher, Lookeba-Sickles and Leedey.
The state tournaments are set for Oct. 10-12, with the first two rounds being held at Edmond North and Edmond Santa Fe, and the championship games to be played at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.