Patton taking the reins at RB
Millwood senior Shevin Patton's first play at running back last year went for 80 yards. So when Emilio Gatewood transferred to Norman North, it was obvious who would take his place.
Patton has received offers from Memphis, Kansas and Tulsa after playing wide receiver last year, but in his first showing as the lead tailback, he took the spotlight. Patton scored Millwood's first touchdown and racked up nearly 100 yards against Oklahoma Centennial.
"He's shown how many people he can make miss," Millwood offensive coordinator Kevin Cox said.
QB inconsistent for Titans
Dillan Dansby has some big shoes to fill at quarterback for Carl Albert.
And although the junior has shown progress, he's not where Titans' coaching would like him to be yet.
"We've got a lot of work to do there," Carl Albert coach Gary Rose said. "But the potential is there. But the only way he's going to get better is in full-speed game action and tonight definitely helped him out with that."
Bombers' line a patchwork
Although they've got Trevon Lewis anchoring one defensive end spot, the Midwest City line isn't nearly as stable as it was a year ago when Dominque Jones, now at Baylor, plugged the middle.
"We're still rolling a bunch of guys in there," Midwest City coach Steve Huff said. "I think we're going to be all right but we'll probably keep moving guys in and out of there because we're having to use some of those guys both ways this year, which is something we haven't had to do."
Gargasz taking over at QB
With only four returning starters in all, El Reno has several holes to fill, the most prominent at quarterback.
Ridge Gargasz has stepped in at QB after playing receiver last year, and the offense seems to be coming together around him.
"We're good together," running back Devante Moore said of his relationship with Gargasz. "We don't quite have that connection yet, but when the season gets here, we'll get it together."
Linebacker was a key position on last year's El Reno team, with Tank Mulanax and Cory Dauphin. Multiple players played well at linebacker Thursday night.
New faces at LB for Irish
Linebacker was the core of the Bishop McGuinness defense last season, and with a stout defensive line, the coaches hope to see some development from the new faces at the LB position this fall.
"Coming in, we felt like our front four would be the strength of our defense," coach Kenny Young said. "We've got two new safeties and really, three new linebackers.
"Brandon Nguyen at middle linebacker has played really well in both scrimmages and I think we've got some ability at outside linebacker as well."