Southmoore’s defense held Bixby and Choctaw scoreless during a 12-minute quarter against each on Thursday night at Moore Stadium.
The SaberCats also intercepted Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa twice.
“We’ve been planning on our defense doing some things for us and relying on them,” said Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark. “I think they did that for us tonight. They caused the turnovers and got the offense back on the field to take advantage of it.”
The interceptions set up both of Southmoore’s touchdowns on the night.
Junior receiver Dunya Rice scored on a 15-yard connection with freshman quarterback Casey Thompson.
Thompson has been splitting time with sophomore Conner Uselton throughout the preseason. Uselton had the other score for Southmoore with a 10-yard run.
Both quarterbacks played well throughout Thursday’s action, and Stark says a decision on a starter might not be made before the SaberCats first game against Edmond Memorial next Thursday.
“We’ll watch the film from tonight and talk about it, but we’ve got three non-district games where we can play both of them and see what happens.”
MISCOMMUNICATION LEADS TO CHOCTAW MISTAKES
Choctaw’s Llanusa played well during the rapid-fire portion of the scrimmage before uncharacteristically throwing three interceptions during the game action.
The Yellowjackets started strong but struggled after a 30-minute lightning delay between the rapid fire and game competition.
“I was very pleased with what our kids did in the (rapid fire),” said Choctaw coach Todd Dilbeck. “In the game situation we had a tipped ball for an interception and then didn’t break down on a route and you can’t do that in a game situation. It was just miscommunication.”
All three of the interceptions were followed by touchdowns for the opposition as Choctaw’s defense surrendered a scrimmage-high four touchdowns.
Llanusa had one touchdown pass against Southmoore on a screen to Sean Thompson, who raced 70 yards for the score.
“I was pleased with how we came back and broke that screen, and overall I’m excited about where we’re at right now,” Dilbeck said.
BIXBY READY TO TAKE ON 6A-II
Bixby is heading into Class 6A-II this season with a group of players the program has had high expectations for.
The Spartans displayed a physical defense and scored a pair of touchdowns against Choctaw on Thursday.
“We stayed healthy (through the preseason) and that’s the important thing right now,” said coach Loren Montgomery. “We were pleased with some of the things we saw tonight, and we’ve had a great few weeks here to start the season. We’ve thought for a while that this group of kids we have now would be pretty good no matter what class we’re in. But I’d be lying if I said the split hasn’t put a little more pep in things for people in the community.”