The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 10, 2013

Broncs looking for more consistency

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Kremlin-Hillsdale’s 62 points against Waukomis Friday were the most points by a Broncs team since a 64-28 victory over Bartlesville Wesleyan on Oct. 15, 2009.

And the Broncs still lost 68-62.

First-year head coach Jeremy Breshears doesn’t see a hangover from that game when Kremlin-Hillsdale visits Deer Creek-Lamont Friday in the District C-3 opener for both teams.

“We have good morale, we’re pumped up and ready to play ball,’’ Breshears said. “Every Friday night is a new game for us.’’

The Waukomis game had a definite Dr. Jekyl-Mr. Hyde feel to it. The Broncs trailed 34-8 at halftime, only to score 54 points in the second half.

“I told the boys we have to play four quarters, not two,’’ Breshears said. “The big thing was that we played with heart and intensity the whole game and didn’t give up. We just dug ourselves too big of a hole to get out of.’’

The Broncs did all that without tailback J.J. Stubblefield, who went out early after getting a “stinger’’ in his neck. He is expected back against DCLA.

Hayden Bonine ran back two kickoffs for scores. Quarterback Andre Lizar and fullback Cass Bittle ran well, thanks to the offensive line opening up big holes, Breshears said.

“We played well as a team on offense,’’ Breshears said. “We did a lot of things right.’’

Defensively, the problem was simple.

“We didn’t tackle well enough,’’ Breshears said.

DCLA opened its season with a 56-6 loss to Class B’s No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter. The Eagles, a year ago, were trounced by the Panthers 60-14, but came back to beat K-H 52-12 the next week.

“DCLA has a lot of tradition, they are accustomed to winning,’’ Breshears said. “I told the boys we just need to get better at what we do and just play football.’’

The Eagles have 11 straight wins over the Broncs. Kremlin-Hillsdale’s last win in the series came in 2001, 18-14.

Kremlin-Hillsdale leads the series 17-14.

The district opener may have a little more urgency with the district down to seven teams.

“I don’t know if it’s any bigger than any of the other games,’’ Breshears said, “but each game is more important now. There’s less room to stumble.’’

Growing pains for Wildcats

The education of a young Covington-Douglas team continues Friday when the Wildcats visit Pond Creek-Hunter, ranked No. 2 in Class B.

Covington-Douglas, which returned only one starter, was schooled by Class C Coyle 40-0 in its opener. It was the first time the Wildcats had ever lost to the Bluejackets.

“The mistakes a young team makes are different from a veteran team,’’ said Wildcats coach Brian Smith. “It may be being slow to getting a read, or slow to getting to the ball or not tackling well. These things come with age.’’

A proven senior can make up for a mistake with a big play immediately. Not so much with younger players.

“We saw some positive things,’’ Smith said. “We just had a hard time putting multiple positives together. A breakdown here and there can lead to big plays.”

Smith said Coyle’s speed led to some of those mistakes. Pond Creek-Hunter can match the Bluejackets’ speed and are much more physical.

“They looked good on film (in a 56-6 win over DCLA last week),’’ Smith said. “They look even better in person.’’

The Panthers rushed for 272 yards and threw for another 69. Quarterback Josh Irvin threw for two scores and ran for another. Fullback Trent Grimes and tailback Harley Comeau might be the area’s best running back combo. Zach Rayner is a dangerous receiver.

Pond Creek-Hunter had 427 yards in total offense in a 38-16 win last season.

“We’re a lot more concerned about ourselves right now,’’ Smith said. “We’re trying to fix the mistakes that are correctable, and trying to get better every day. We need to do the good things play-by-play, not just when it’s convenient.’’

Smith said the team remains upbeat.

“We had a great practice Monday,’’ he said. “We had a great film session. We realized we played a good team Friday and we have another one on the horizon. I need to get better calling offenses ... sometimes with a young team, you try to do too much. These kids play hard and they are excited to be around.’’

Pond Creek-Hunter leads the eight-man series 17-8. The Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings.