It's a different type of practice week at Millwood.
The spread offense might be — for lack of a better term — spreading throughout the state, but it hasn't reached Davis yet, where coach Jody Weber's Wolves are still running the Wishbone to perfection.
So as Millwood prepares for its second-round Class 2A playoff game at Davis Friday night, its players are talking about assignments and toughness, two key components to containing the 'bone.
“We've been playing a lot of teams that have been passing a lot, but I like this kind of game,” Millwood junior linebacker Larry Lambeth said. “I like games that are physical. We've just got to have everyone do their one job, stay on their assignment, so the man behind you can do his job.
“If you get greedy, that's when they beat you.”
Millwood went to Davis in last year's second round as well, coming away with a 20-7 win. While that game provided good experience for the young Falcons, they know they can't expect this year to be easier.
“We know since we won last year, they'll be twice as hungry and twice as eager to beat us,” junior defensive back Cameron Batson said. “So we've got to be twice as hungry and twice as eager also. But if we prepare like we should, I think we can go out and do it.”
EAST CENTRAL FAMILIAR FOE FOR GUTHRIE
For the fourth time in six years, Guthrie will play Tulsa East Central in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
All three times previously — two at East Central — the Bluejays have come out with the win.
Friday night, Guthrie once again travels to play the Cardinals in the second round.
“They've got speed everywhere and they're big,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “They're just like those other teams have been.”
They might be similar in makeup, but first-year coach Bobby Klinck's team shows plenty of different looks.
“They used to run more I-formation and go play-action out of it,” Watkins said. “Now, they might be in an empty backfield with three-by-two receivers or in a double-tight I. I think in the three games we've seen from them, they've run 38 different formations.”
Guthrie beat East Central 20-14 last season at home. The Bluejays also won on the road, 25-24 in 2009 and 45-14 in 2007.
WAYNE READY FOR TEST
After defending Class A champion Wayne fell to Wynnewood in Week 9, it didn't take long for the Bulldogs to get refocused, quarterback Sam Martin said.
“We can't let one loss get in the way of our ultimate goal,” Martin said. “We're not overlooking any game from here on out and this is going to be a tough game this week.”
The No. 2 Bulldogs (10-1) take on No. 7 Kiefer (11-0) on the road Friday night.
Kiefer shut out its first four opponents and has allowed more than 16 points just once this season.
“They've got their motors running the whole game,” Martin said. “It doesn't seem like they ever take a play off. They're definitely a team that can give us fits.”
One thing Martin isn't worried about is how his team will react to going on the road.
“Our town is so supportive when things like this are happening, so we're going to have a great turnout,” he said. “It's just another game on the same 100 yards, under the same lights.”
YUKON SOFTBALL DUO TO SIGN
Here's one of those times when the printed word is extremely beneficial.
Yukon softball players Maddy Ellis and Madi Ellis will each be signing letters of intent with college programs this week.
Yukon reached the Class 6A semifinals last month with Maddy Ellis pitching and Madi Ellis catching.
Now, Maddy Ellis will continue her softball career at Arkansas Tech, a Division II program in Russellville, Ark. Madi Ellis will sign with Oklahoma State.
Both players were selected to the Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-State team.