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August 21, 2013

Daugherty on-field coach for Wildcats

ENID, Okla. — Dylan Daugherty has been a busy man for Covington-Douglas, which hosts Agra, Prue and Oklahoma Christian Academy in a 6 p.m. scrimmage Friday.

Daugherty, the Wildcats’ only returning starter, has been used at quarterback, running back and outside linebacker in the early drills.

“He’s been a coach on the field for us,’’ said Wildcats coach Brian Smith. “He knows our offensive and defensive schemes better than anyone else. He had a good summer. He’s been working hard.’’

Versatility will be key for Covington-Douglas in 2013.

“We have some guys at two or three different positions depending on the offensive or defensive package that we’re in,’’ Smith said. “Some kids are going to have to be more versatile than they have been in the past.’’

While the Wildcats are freshmen-sophomore heavy, preseason practices have gone well so far.

“I’m really pleased with the approach they have been taking,’’ Smith said. “They have been acting like they want to be out there. I like the commitment they have.’’

Smith likes the multi-team scrimmages.

“We’re going to see some different offenses and defenses,’’ Smith said. “We have no idea what they (opponents) are going to do offensively and defensively. You have to adjust on the fly.’’

Smith’s goal is for the Wildcats to be “physical.’’

“We’re not going to show everything, and they’re not going to show everything,’’ Smith said. “You just want to execute, move the ball and be physical on both sides.’’

Admission is soap, towel and a bottle of water.

Covington-Douglas will scrimmage at Jet next week against Timberlake.

GHS looking to evaluate players

Player evaluation, especially the offensive and defensive lines, will be the goal for Garber when the Wolverines host Medford and Davenport in a 6:30 p.m. scrimmage Friday.

“We’re not necessarily calling plays to score, but calling plays to have film to review,’’ said Wolverines coach Mark Harmon. “It’s the same old, same old — we’ve got to find some spots. We’re giving a number of kids an opportunity to impress us a little.’’

Center Kellan Hostetler, a returning starter, has stood out in early practices. The rest of the line positions “are pretty wide open now,’’ Harmon said.

Running back-linebacker Alec Monsees has “really stepped up like we wanted him to,’’ Harmon said.

Dallas Hunt and Trenton Harmon, a returning wide receiver and running back, will both get looks with the first unit at quarterback, vacated by All-Star Jordan Avants, now at East Central University.

Freshman Ryan Malaska will go mostly with the younger players, coach Harmon said.

“Both Dallas and Trenton are looking good so far,’’  Harmon said. “We want to see how they do against somebody else.’’

Davenport has good size and speed. Medford, 1-9 last season, “is much improved,’’ Harmon said.

“Both of them were at our team camp,’’ Harmon said. “I’m sure they will give us plenty of what we want to see.’’

Harmon estimates his starters will go anywhere from 30 to 50 plays.

Garber scrimmages at Woodland next week.

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