ENID, Okla. — Chisholm heads out on the road in search of its first win.
A week after suffering a 28-point home loss to Class 4A Weatherford, the Longhorns face rival Class A Fairview Friday at 7 p.m. in Fairview.
Chisholm head coach Joey Reinart said he expects the Longhorns to come out “focused and ready to go” against the Yellowjackets.
“We didn’t sit around and pout about losing to Weatherford,” he said before Thursday’s practice. “(Weatherford) is a really good team, and I thought most of the time we played well. So, I think our minds are in the right spot. These guys genuinely want to do well and so they’re going to go out and compete hard.”
Reinart said the big takeaway from the loss was a lapse in focus. Chisholm quickly fell into a 13-point deficit when the Eagles took advantage of blown coverage on an eventual 61-yard touchdown passing play, then returned a blocked punt 26 yards for a touchdown.
The Eagles made it 20-0 with a three-yard touchdown run only set up because Weatherford’s Sam Hoffman broke a tackle on an outside run that went for 31 yards.
“Probably not going to be a one-week process (to fix),” Reinart said. “It's something we're going to keep working on for the next few weeks for sure.”
Aside from a rushing touchdown from senior tailback Lane Smith, one of the brighter performances came from senior Bryce Boeckman. The senior ball carrier and linebacker was second on the team in rushing yards (31) and tied for leading tackler with fellow senior Nate Edwards (12 tackles each) while lining up as an interior defensive lineman.
Reinart said Chisholm placed Boeckman on the defensive line when lacking numbers in team camp called for it. Reinart recalled saying to Boeckman, “You’re the biggest, fastest, and strongest guy we got left right now.”
“He’s really quick off the ball and then he gets down the line and makes plays,” Reinart added. “It's going to be a big bonus defensively and offensively.”
Fairview is coming off a Class A state quarterfinal run in 2018. The Yellowjackets ended last season with a 10-4 record after falling to eventual state champion Tonkawa by 15 points.
Fairview graduated 13 seniors, among them, star dual-threat quarterback Kade Dillard and wide receiver Chad McGolden. The Yellowjackets toppled the Longhorns last season with a 35-28, thanks to two critical plays from Dillard. As a defensive back, Dillard made an interception with less than 30 seconds left to play. Then, on the first play of Fairview’s last drive, Dillard threw 39-yard game-winning touchdown pass.
“We really had to deal with the vertical threats,” Reinart said. “Their combination of passing and throwing was really difficult.”
Dillard led a Fairview offense that averaged more than 30 points per game through the season and 46 points per game in the final three games. However, the new offense wasn't able to score a point in last week’s season-opening 39-8 loss to Perry until the fourth quarter.
While the run-defense allowed just 37 rushing yards against Perry, the pass-defense allowed 343 yards and four touchdowns.
“They got a really good solid receiver with Brody Wills,” Reinart said. “I think the younger quarterbacks in and keep getting better every week to get the ball to him. So, a little different personnel. But we got to make sure that we understand what we're doing and cover them up.
Fairview’s offense primarily runs the run-pass-option (RPO). Reinart said Fairview will also try to run a “stick RPO concept.”
“It traps the outside linebacker and puts him in a bind,” he said.
When Chisholm plays Fairview Friday night, the Longhorn defense will either face sophomore Brenner Fortune or junior Frank Redhat. Chisholm’s passing defense allowed 109 yards and more than 200 rushing yards last week.
The run defense will also need to be aware of senior tailback Andrew Houk, who will play a large part in the Yellowjackets run game.
Even after a loss, Chisholm heads to Fairview with heads held high.
“Their team chemistry is starting to come together,” Reinart said. “I think they really believe in each other. So I expect them to come out, be really focused and ready to go.”