Caleb Holley and Spencer Bond often get together at an Ada restaurant and talk football. The senior wide receiver and sophomore quarterback have built a relationship off and on the field, and it's beginning to show on Saturdays. East Central (4-3) has won three straight games and should be favored to win its final three of the season as long as Holley and Bond continue to do their part.
“We're just doing what we're supposed to do. We go out and work hard,” Holley said. “He has become a leader to me. He's the first one to get on me if I'm not doing something right.”
Everything is smooth sailing right now. During East Central's three-game win streak, Holley and Bond have connected 18 times for 426 yards and four touchdowns.
Holley had a career day Oct. 19, during a 64-14 rout of Northwestern. He had 10 catches for 224 yards and three TDs. Holley had five more catches for 138 yards last weekend during a 24-21 victory over in-state rival Southwestern.
In an odd twist, the cooler weather might be helping Holley's performance. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is an Anchorage, Alaska, native. He attended San Francisco City Junior College out of East Anchorage High School, then transferred to East Central after a hard recruiting effort from Tigers offensive coordinator Rashad Jackson.
The Oklahoma heat in August and September caught Holley off guard.
“Oh, I was cryin' — I almost passed out,” Holley said with a laugh. “I kept saying, ‘How do you keep practicing and playing in this weather?' It was just so hot when I first got here ... but then again, I'm not fond of the weather back home. It's already freezing up there.”
BITS AND PIECES
*Central Oklahoma (0-7) returns from a bye week, hosting Lincoln, Mo., (1-7) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wantland Stadium. The game is UCO's last at home this season. Bronchos coach Nick Bobeck hopes starting quarterback Adrian Nelson will be ready after sitting out 2 1/2 games with a sore wrist on his throwing hand. Redshirt freshman T.J. Eckert replaced Nelson and played well. The Bronchos will be without senior defensive back Devoris Dozier, who suffered a knee injury Oct. 19 against Central Missouri. Dozier was one of just three senior starters on a defense that allows an average of 54.6 points and 568.3 yards per game.
*Anastasia Robinson was playing with crayons the last time Northeastern beat Central Oklahoma in women's soccer. Now a freshman in college, Robinson helped end the RiverHawks' 14-year skid against UCO. The forward out of Tulsa Union scored twice as Northeastern notched a 2-0 decision Oct. 25 in Tahlequah. Northeastern had been 0-13-1 against the Bronchos.
*Northeastern A&M football is done for the season. The Golden Norse finished 3-6 after last week's 62-16 loss at Navarro (Texas). ... Oklahoma Baptist, tied for No. 2 in the NAIA preseason rankings and favored to win the Sooner Athletic Conference men's basketball championship, will get a big-time test at 7 p.m. Saturday with an exhibition game at Wichita State. OBU opened its regular season Thursday with a 97-52 triumph over Manhattan Christian (Kan.). Aaron Abram had 34 points, and Eric Stubbs added 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Bison.