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May 23, 2014

Tigers find depth in spring game

FORT GIBSON — Depth is plentiful at Fort Gibson and head coach James Singleton likes it.

Even with a 13-13 tie at the end of the Fort Gibson Spring Game, the team had very impressive showings from both sides on the ball, on both teams proved their depth.

“I really liked what I saw out there.” Said Coach Singleton. “We had a lot of younger guys take on and block our older guys and they made some plays that we really liked.”

The skill positions were very productive for the Tigers, as nearly every running back, receiver, and quarterback put up nice numbers. J.R. Singleton, entering his fourth year as starter this fall, threw for 165 yards which included a 70-yard touchdown pass to McKenna Terrell.  Backup Dylan Murray’s 25 yard touchdown throw to Jordan London, gave him 100 yards passing.

“We expect (J.R.) to lead,”  said coach Singleton. “But Murray really stepped up for us. He is very athletic and has a very live arm. He is picking up our system very well.”

Legs were big as well as running back Chris Walker ran for 65 yards on the day.

The threats in the running game are massive for Fort Gibson as Tristan Johnson, Walker, and Jessie Sanchez all added strong running plays to the scrimmage, showing more threats.

Defense was also very productive, and proved tough on the goal line, producing back-to-back stops inside the 10 from both the Red and White squad.

“I still feel there is a lot of work to do up front on our line.” said coach Singleton. “That’s really been our weakness.”

The linebacker position was something on the mind of coach Singleton. A tough loss occurred Thursday  as Trevor Lindley broke his ankle during practice and was undergoing surgery while the spring game was going on.

Players stepping up really pleased quarterback J.R. Singleton as he hopes to lead his squad back into the playoffs.

“We really worked together well. We had people step up and we clicked well.” said the quarterback. “We liked the plays we saw and working with these younger guys is really making our team better.”

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