The Eagles' defense was impressive on Friday night, shutting out Carl Albert.
The unit limited star quarterback Stevie Thompson to 2 for 8 passing and held the Titans' rushing attack in check most of the night.
“They did what we wanted them to do,” said coach Nick Warehime. “We wanted them to play fast. We we're able to close holes quickly. We have good team speed on defense and great coaches.”
ROSSI SHINES AMID QB BATTLE
Edmond North senior receiver Luke Rossi doesn't have a preference at quarterback for the Huskies.
He caught passes from both Stephen McClernon and Branden Moore on Friday, scoring both touchdowns for the Huskies.
“I feel like this year we've been able to open the offense more,” Rossi said. “Coach (Scott) Burger, he knows a lot about defenses, so whenever he sees something he's really good about getting what we need to do in.
“I think a lot of it's just coming to me and they made some passes out there that were just ridiculous.”
MAMMEN A LEADER
Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth felt that linebacker Jake Mammen was a leader for the Bulldogs. He helped force a fumble, pressure Moore's quarterback and, per Merideth, prepare his teammates for the play.
“He's kind of mentally the guy on defense,” Merideth said. “He's somebody that we're counting on to make sure that we're lined up.”
MOORE ELECTS TO PLAY CONSERVATIVELY
Moore purposefully chose to not air out their quarterback's arm much Friday.
“We tried to be pretty vanilla tonight,” Moore coach Todd Watters said.
But when the Lions did put the ball in the air, it fell into the arms of guys like Trevon Stanley.
“He's providing us an outside threat that we haven't had in a while,” Watters said. “He's got great hands. Really good speed. We know we have a threat in Trevon Stanley. We're excited about utilizing his skills.”
BULLDOZING BLAKE BREWSTER
Moore safety Blake Brewster applied a big hit to an Edmond Memorial wide receiver late to gain some momentum.
Brewster's hit set Memorial back 10 yards and the scrimmage ended on the next play with an incompletion.
“We feel like our o-line and d-line played really, really well tonight,” Watters said. “We feel like our d-line dominated the line of scrimmage for a majority of the night.”
WARREN SHINES FOR DEL CITY
Along with a quarterback, Del City is also searching for a go-to receiver to replace Corey Lawrence, who is now at Oregon State.
They may have found just the guy in senior Khalil Warren, who caught five passes for 157 yards and a touchdown against Carl Albert on Friday night.
“I think you'll see even more than that from me during the season,” Warren said. “Just have to keep working, but I have big expectations for myself.”
Warren also shined at safety for the Eagles with an interception to kill the Titans' best drive of the night.
KELLEY COUNTING ON ‘PROGRAM KIDS'
Last year, Tulsa Kelley graduated 26 seniors, and as he looks down his roster, what does coach J.J. Tappana see? Twenty-six more seniors.
“We live off our program kids, those kids who stick around and wait their turn,” the coach said. “They're all going to play and contribute, but we have to sort of reinvent ourselves every year. The natural consequence of that is it takes us two or three games to put it all together.
“But we have the pieces to be good.”