Norman North coach Wade Standley didn’t get all the work he had hoped for, but he still saw plenty of positives to draw from in Mustang’s rain-shortened Pigskin Preview scrimmage Thursday night at Bronco Stadium.
All eight teams got to run offensive and defensive plays with their varsity units in the rapid-fire portion of the scrimmage, but only Piedmont and Elk City were able to play their half-game before lightning moved into the area.
With more rain coming, and three teams — Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur and Anadarko — facing long drives home, coaches agreed to cut the scrimmage short.
But Standley got to see his Timberwolves offense clicking in the passing game, with Oklahoma State quarterback commit John Kolar making several impressive throws.
More importantly, Norman North’s inexperienced receivers came through with some big catches.
“Maguire Perrett had two great catches in traffic, did incredibly well,” Standley said. “We’ve seen him do that in practice, and it’s something you want to see during game time. It’s good to see Maguire and those guys make catches like that during crunch time.
“John threw the ball really well, made great decisions.”
MUSTANG RUN DEFENSE IMPROVING
Mustang made its fair share of big plays in the passing game, but it was the run defense that pleased coach Jeremy Dombek the most.
“Last week, Midwest City did a good job running the football on us, so we wanted to work on that,” he said. “We felt we did a good job on that. Neither Lawton Ike or Norman North had a whole lot of success running the ball on us. But we gave up the deep balls to Norman North.
“I feel better about things this week than I did last week. We got better.”
Dombek said the most valuable thing his team missed out on because of the rain was not getting to be in the game-like situation of the half-game.
“The game experience is what we missed,” he said. “All those technical things — headset communication, signaling, getting kids back on the sideline, all those things. We’ll have to simulate those things in practice, because we were expecting to get some of those things tonight.”
Dombek was also pleased with running back Chase Brown, who had a couple of long runs.
MCGUINNESS, PIEDMONT DEALING WITH QB INJURIES
Thursday night’s scrimmage was incredibly important for Bishop McGuinness and Piedmont, after both teams had quarterbacks get injured last week.
With Piedmont’s Lucas Richert out because of a knee injury, Colby Bricker ran the offense, getting some experience in the rain during the 7-6 half-game win over Elk City.
McGuinness’ Jennings Jarman suffered an ankle injury last week. He and Jacob Mullins had been competing for the starting job, so Mullins was able to get some extra work during the rapid-fire scrimmage Friday.
Overall, McGuinness coach Justin Jones was pleased with his team’s improvement from a week ago.
“It was dramatic,” he said. “Last week, we ran 46 offensive plays and in 41 of them, we busted something. Tonight, we ran 36 plays and I think we had two busts.”