High schools: Del City changes defense, beats Lawton MacArthur

Assistant coach Ricky Oliver suggested the switch, and it paid off for the Eagles, who beat Class 5A state runner-up
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: September 24, 2012
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Del City's Shawn Epps, center, carries the ball as Lawton MacArthur's Adrian Gaines, left, and Miguel Rosario, right, defend during a Sept. 20, 2012, game in Lawton. PHOTO BY BRANDON NERIS, THE LAWTON CONSTITUTION
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Del City's Shawn Epps, center, carries the ball as Lawton MacArthur's Adrian Gaines, left, and Miguel Rosario, right, defend during a Sept. 20, 2012, game in Lawton. PHOTO BY BRANDON NERIS, THE LAWTON CONSTITUTION

A change on defense was all Del City needed.

After starting the season 0-2 while running a 4-2 formation, the Eagles' coaching staff decided a switch to the 3-5 that assistant Ricky Oliver ran at Westmoore was worth a try.

Two wins later, it's apparent that was the right choice.

“There's holes in it and people make plays, but you're also playing against good athletes,” Del City head coach Nick Warehime said. “We've played four really good football teams and as they learn the defense and continue to get better we'll be better defensive team.”

The Eagles limited Class 5A state runner-up Lawton MacArthur to just 69 yards on the ground and picked off quarterback Ricky McCarty four times.

In Week 3, the Eagles limited Midwest City to just more than 200 yards of total offense.

McLOUD ENJOYING TURNAROUND

McLoud already has won more games this football season than it did the previous two years combined.

The Redskins (2-2) posted their biggest win in four years Friday night by rallying from 18-point halftime deficit on the road to defeat Glenpool, 36-25.

Nathan Clark's interception and 15-yard return for a touchdown to open the second half flipped the momentum for the Redskins.

“That just changed it for us,” said McLoud running back Klayton Adams, who had two rushing touchdowns in the game.

McLoud trailed 25-7 at halftime but outscored Glenpool 29-0 in the second half.

“Our kids kept believing,” McLoud coach Eric Cardin said. “They showed some character coming back at Glenpool.”

Junior quarterback Joseph Wood rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns while passing for another score.

“We just kind of put (it) on his back in the fourth quarter,” Cardin said.


by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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