By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Chisholm coach Joey Reinart is not ready to name a starting quarterback yet, but he’s getting closer as the Longhorns go to Mooreland for a 6:45 scrimmage tonight.
Taggart Brown and Bailey Cross “have separated themselves’’ in the battle, but Reinart said the scrimmage won’t be “a make or break’’ situation for either.
“I think it’s a good idea to give them both the maximum amount of reps we can give them,’’ Reinart said. “The backup is one play away from being the starter. I believe in both of those guys. It’s a good situation, quarterback-wise.’’
The two teams will play a simulated half after both the junior varsity and varsities have gone through a rotation of scrimmages.
“A lot of that is getting the kids on their own,’’ Reinart said. “We’re not always going to be out there to help them (coaches are in the huddle for the scrimmage). They have to adjust to that, and we as coaches, have to adjust to that.’’
Competition remains for other positions, Reinart said. Cross and Colton Johnson are battling at strong safety. Matt Wilson, Dylan Pettus and Jarett Webb are competing at defensive end.
Reinart still is looking to complete his receiver and running back rotation.
The Longhorns have tried to adjust to higher temperatures. Two-way lineman Turner Reed declared he “is in the best shape of his life,” after completing a summerof Army basic training.
OBA goes to Crossings Christian
Oklahoma Bible Academy hopes to be “a little more physical’’ when the Trojans scrimmage at Crossings Christian at 6 tonight.
“We were a little tentative last week (against Newkirk),’’ said Trojans coach Mark Boyd. “It was new, and we got it out of the way. This is kind of a dress rehearsal about how we react in a game situation.’’
Crossings Christian is only in its second year of varsity football, but Boyd warns “they have beaten the tar out of our middle school teams the past few years.’’
“It will be a good scrimmage,’’ Boyd said.
Boyd was still relatively pleased with OBA’s play last week. The Trojans gave up only “two big plays,’’ and neither resulted in a touchdown.
“We looked like we wanted to look,’’ Boyd said. “We wanted to see who could play and fill some spots. Defensively, we just need to be more sure of what we’re doing.’’
Trojan receivers caught the first 11 passes thrown to them. Quarterback Preston Atwood threw the ball well. Adam Eaton, a converted end, graded well on the line. OBA will be bolstered this week by the return of lineman Nathan Meier from a mission trip in Guatemala. Boyd said he hopes to get him some reps. He probably will move from center to guard with Jon Messenger and Austin Collums battling for the starting center job.
“We’re still moving people around,’’ Boyd said. “We’re not set on our lineup yet.’’
Waukomis goes to Agra
Waukomis goes to Agra for a 6 p.m. scrimmage Friday. Saskawa and Weleetka will complete the four-team affair. Agra and Weleetka were in the playoffs last year.
“It’s nice to see some different people,’’ said Waukomis coach Jon Claborn. “Playing quality people across from you gives you a great opportunity to evaluate yourself on individual assignments and schemes, and certainly on execution.’’
Claborn is closer to determining his final rotation. He estimated he used 15 players with the first unit last week in a scrimmage at Coyle. He plans to use 12 or 13 this week.
“The process is going to be similar to last week,’’ Claborn said. “We learned some things. We want to give the guys who made some mistakes another chance. We want to see if the guys who played well can do it again.’’
Claborn said the Chiefs are ahead of where they were offensively and defensively last year, thanks to experience.
“We had four kids (as starters last year) who had never played a high school football before,’’ Claborn said. “The team has improved as a unit.’’
Quarterback Justus Crites threw TD passes to three different receivers — Zac Prince, Chance Mullens and Aaron Harrington. Gage McCartney ran for a score.
“It’s nice to have more than one option,’’ Claborn said. “We’re still talking about attitude and effort first. You look to see how they react after a negative play and a positive play. We want them to go full speed as long as they can.’’
PHS upbeat about scrimmage
Pioneer coach Kurt Myers feels good about the Mustangs’ home scrimmage with Newkirk at 6 tonight.
The Mustangs’ spirit has gone up with the temperatures this week.
“I thought we might be a little sluggish, but today (Tuesday) was the best practice that we had this season,’’ Myers said. “They were really focused. I’m really happy with our senior leadership. They have stepped-up and taken control.’’
The scrimmage will have the same format as last week’s scrimmage with Yale. The junior varsities will trade off after 10 plays, followed by the varsities with 10 plays and another series of 20 plays.
“We just want to continue to build on what we did in the first scrimmage,’’ Myers said. “We want to limit the negative plays and keep getting better.’’
Myers said he felt better after seeing films.
“It was better than what I saw in person,’’ he said. “I felt the effort was good. We just need to tweak some things and limit our mental errors.’’
Running back Chase Corder stood out on defense. Lineman Dalton Snow “is playing well’’ on defense.
The Mustangs have been bolstered by the return of lineman Gage Baker from the injured list. Myers reports no new injuries.
“We’re going to be pretty simple,’’ Myers said. “We’re just going to try to execute our plays.’’
Yukon at Enid
OBA at Crossings Christian
Newkirk at Pioneer
Perkins at Hennesse.y
Chisholm at Mooreland
Thomas at Watonga
Fairview at Crescent
Blanchard at Kingfisher
Canton at Mountain View
Ringwood at Geary
At DCLA — Waynoka, Medford, DCLA.
At Cherokee — Sharon-Mutual, Cherokee, Kremlin-Hillsdale, Pond Creek-Hunter
Garber at Woodland
Covington-Douglas at Timberlake (Jet)
Okeene at Perry
Woodward at Alva
Waukomis at Agra
At Shattuck — Multi-team scrimmage.