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Norman football scrimmage: Stillwater's Brandon Prather impresses in Top of the World scrimmage

“That’s what they expect out of me,” said Prather, who only has an official scholarship offer from Central Oklahoma. “Trying to play through me will be a key thing this year.”
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 29, 2014

Stillwater senior receiver and safety Brandon Prather’s recruiting is off to a slow start.

He sure turned some heads Friday night in Norman’s Top of the World scrimmage with one big play after another.

“That’s what they expect out of me,” said Prather, who only has an official scholarship offer from Central Oklahoma. “Trying to play through me will be a key thing this year.

“I think we did a lot better than last week at Bixby. We’re improving and coming along nicely.”

In the Pioneers’ half game against Norman, Prather had a 9-yard touchdown reception off a deflection and later a tremendous diving catch in the game that ended in a 7-all tie.

“He’s a player,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “He’s an absolute player. Somebody needs to snatch him up quick because whoever gets him it’s going to be an absolute steal.”

Stillwater was playing without seven starters due to injuries. Two of them — Brooks Zimmerman and Kaden Secrest — are out for the season.

Barnard was still impressed with what he saw, especially from quarterback Braxton Noble and Jordan Brown.


Shawnee coach Billy Brown was hoping to see better execution from his team.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” he said after falling to Deer Creek 14-7 in a half game. “We’ve got to fix them. We don’t prepare for people we’re scrimmaging, but you’ve got to play better than that. A lot of room for improvement.”

Quarterback John Jacobs scored the Wolves’ lone touchdown on a 1-yard keeper, but was flagged for his celebration. He later had his team in striking distance to tie the game, but was sacked out of bounds with 18.4 seconds remaining to turn the ball over on downs.

Still, there were moments the East Carolina commitment’s passes were accurate, especially to receiver Cole Humphreys.

“We wanted to come out here and throw the ball and pass protect and play good defense,” Brown said. “We did a couple of those things, but not all of them for sure.”


Carl Albert and Noble played just one quarter in its half game, choosing to end the night before 10.

But it was the depth and conditioning that concerned Carl Albert coach Gary Rose more than the time.

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by Jacob Unruh
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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