By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Tonight’s scrimmage at Okeene could help establish Chisholm’s No. 1 quarterback, Longhorns coach Joey Reinart said.
Taggard Brown, Bailey Cross and Dakota Theilen remain in a three-way battle to replace the graduated Tabor Charles.
“Sooner or later, one of them has to seize the opportunity,’’ Reinart said. “You never know how things will work out.’’
The large number of players (close to 50) has brought out the competition in the Chisholm camp, Reinart said, especially in the backfield and at wide receiver.
“They are getting after it pretty hard,’’ Reinart said. “It’s more about going out there and doing it with a purpose and being effective once you get there.’’
Watonga will be joining the two longtime scrimmage rivals.
“They are both going to give us multiple looks,’’ Reinart said. “It’s something we’re going to have to adjust to differently. It should be a good test of how effective we are, execution wise. We just want to make sure we get as many reps as we can for everyone.’’
Reinart said the Longhorns have a few players “dinged up.’’ Linebacker John Voss and end Jonathan Starr have been slowed by injuries.
“We’ll know more about ourselves,’’ Reinart said. “You really can’t evaluate your players until they have gone against someone else.’’
Chisholm goes to Mooreland for a scrimmage next week.
Mason established as Pioneer QB
Colin Mason has established himself as the No. 1 quarterback for Pioneer in the preseason. Mason will be under center when PHS entertains Yale in a scrimmage tonight.
The junior varsities go at 6, followed by the varsities at 6:30.
“He’s picking things up really well,’’ said Pioneer coach Kurt Myers. “He’s stepping up and showing some good leadership.’’
Myers calls the scrimmage “more of an organized practice.’’
“We just want to execute our stuff and not make any mistakes,’’ he said. “The good thing is we can get some film on kids and be able to hit somebody else. Yale will be a good test for us.’’
Pioneer, Myers said, has been hit with some season-ending injuries, but for the most part everything has been upbeat.
“The kids have been picking up everything and our attitude has been fantastic,’’ Myers said.
“Out new assistants have brought a lot of energy. Our practices have been upbeat a lot because of them.’’
Sophomore Buco Grey, who didn’t play last season, has been a surprise at wide receiver-defensive back. Running back Chase Corder and defensive end Charles Clardy have stood out so far.
WHS ready for Coyle scrimmage
The best news for second-year Waukomis coach Jon Claborn is there have been no major injuries for the Chiefs. The roster remains at 29, with no dropouts.
The Chiefs are excited about going to Coyle for a scrimmage tonight with the Bluejackets and Destiny Christian.
“The guys are always ready to go attack somebody else,’’ Claborn said. “They are tired of lining up against the same people every day. It’s good to see another color.’’
Specifically, Claborn is looking for one more offensive lineman, a defensive end and two interior defensive linemen.
“We’re going to rotate five or six guys there and see who wants to play,’’ Claborn said. “We’re going to look at some guys at different positions.’’
Gage McCartney and Dustin Breeze have played well at linebacker, Claborn said. Sophomore linebacker-tight end Chance Mullens has “really grown and gotten better.’’
“We look pretty solid in the secondary,’’ Claborn said.
Coyle reached the Class C playoffs a year ago. The Bluejackets are known for their speed and athleticism. Claborn said he doesn’t know much about Destiny Christian.
He estimates the starters will get anywhere from 40 to 50 snaps and the second team 30 to 40.
“The older kids have been chopping at the bit,’’ Claborn said. “They never feel they get enough plays, but hopefully it keeps them hungry.’’
With 20 freshmen and sophomores on the team, all the snaps are important, experience-wise.
“It’s going to be really fast for the freshmen,’’ Claborn said. “Hopefully, it’s slowing down for the older guys. Scrimmages are good for conditioning because the adrenaline is kicking in and you’re playing faster and harder.’’