ENID, Okla. — Four area schools are set to compete in the 2019 Skordle 7-on-7 Showdown Saturday at Norman North High School.
Chisholm, Cashion, Hennessey and Oklahoma Bible Academy join 16 other schools from across Oklahoma to take part in the day-long event.
For OBA, the Showdown is a chance for head coach Chris Cayot to continue adjusting to his new team.
"You get to go compete," Cayot said. "It's just an opportunity for us to get exposed to some different defenses and offenses."
Cayot spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Laverne, accumulating a 46-7 record and leading the Tigers to a Class B State Championship in 2016. Laverne finished as Class B runner-up in 2017 in a rematch against Shattuck.
Previous Trojans’ head coach Jay Mendenhall is not leaving OBA. He will still be involved with the football program, but as an associate head coach as he takes more time to focus on ministry.
The change in roles is different for the two long-time friends, but the return of Trojans' starting quarterback Baron Winter has made the transition for Cayot a little easier.
"He's doing a great job," Cayot said of the senior. "He studies hard and wants to work and make himself a better football player. It's been huge for us to go 7-on-7 and get some timing down and execution down."
OBA will participate in the small school division at the tournament with Hennessey and Cashion. Chisholm is in the large school division.
In previous years, teams were not split into separate divisions based on enrollment size.
This year each division consists of two five-team pools. At the conclusion of pool play, the teams will be seeded according to their record. Ties in the standings will be broken by head-to-head result, fewest points allowed, most points scored and lastly a coin flip.
The top seeds will play for first and second place, the No. 2 seeds will play for third and fourth and so on.
Cashion opens Pool A play against Casady at 9 a.m., followed by Oklahoma Christian School at 10 a.m. and Minco at 11 a.m. The Wildcats have a bye in the noon time slot before facing Crossings Christian at 1 p.m.
Both OBA and Hennessey are in Pool B. The Trojans face Stroud at 9:30 a.m., Perkins at 10:30 a.m., Hennessey at 11:30 a.m. and Luther at 12:30 p.m. with a bye in the 1:30 p.m. time slot. The Eagles open with a bye before playing Luther at 10:30 a.m., OBA at 11:30 a.m., Stroud at 12:30 p.m. and Perkins at 1:30 p.m.
In the large school division, Chisholm gets a bye in the first round of pool play before taking on Choctaw at 10 a.m., followed by Edmond North at 11 a.m., Del City at noon and Norman North at 1 p.m.
Competing against the large schools poses a tough challenge for head coach Joey Reinhart and the Longhorns, but it's an opportunity to identify kinks and holes that need to be addressed before the fall season, according to Reinhart.
"It's going to be difficult," Reinhart said. "We're going to be going against teams that are two-platoon. They're going to have an offense and a defense. Our guys are going to have to play both ways. It's kind of a grind for them."
The four schools in Pool B include Stillwater, Westmoore, Putnam City North, Midwest City and Bishop McGuinness.
The 7-on-7 style of football is played without offensive or defensive linemen. Offenses consist of a quarterback and position players, while defenses primarily carry linebackers and defensive backs.
Each game will be 21 minutes long with a running clock in the first 20. The field of play is 40-yards long with a 10-yard end zone. Touchdowns are worth six points, interceptions are worth three and turnover on downs are worth two. No running plays are allowed.
This is the second year Skordle has sponsored the event. It was previously known as the Shamrock Showdown when it was hosted by Bishop McGuinness. The number of participating teams has increased by a pair each of the past two years.