STIGLER – At Sallisaw with Grove, Panthers coach Chris Risenhoover was satisfied for the most part of what he saw in this first scrimmage.
“Seth Sandlin threw the ball around very well for us tonight and I was impressed with his performance having moved over from running back this season,” the coach said.
Defensively the Panthers looked dominant led by senior defensive end Austan Drewry. Drewry was disruptive to the run game and was in the backfield often disrupting the passing game as well. “We really need to work on our tackling, we missed to many tackles tonight.” Risenhoover stated.
The Panthers have another scrimmage next week at Keys.
WEBBERS FALLS – For the Webbers Falls Warriors defense was the name of the game in their scrimmage at home with Watts, Oaks and Gans. Tristan Warrick had 13 tackles one of which was a sack. Easton Eckhardt had four tackles a sack and a fumble recovery, while brother Jayton Eckhardt had 10 tackles four of them for losses.
Offensively the Warriors looked promising. Quarterback Darren Shanks went 2-for-3 for 31 yards passing, he also had six carries for 33 yards. Running back Dusty Mason had five carries for 19 yards and two pass receptions for 21 yards.
Coach Steve Corn was happy with what he saw on the field. “Every drive we had we scored.” Corn said, adding that his biggest concern coming out of the tune-up was depth. Shanks came out of the scrimmage early with a possible dislocated shoulder.
The Warriors are back in action next Friday against Dewar, Macomb and Keota at Keota.
PORTER MAKES PROGRESS — Pirates coach Ron Coppedge liked what he saw on the field last night in his team’s first scrimmage at Chouteau. “The boys looked enjoyable, they work hard and want to fix the problems of the past.” Coppedge said.
His biggest concern is stamina and pass coverage assignments.
“We will play our way into shape. so that is not as big a concern as correcting our coverage issues,” the coach said.
TAHLEQUAH – Tigers coach Brad Gilbert was impressed by the way the defense played. “We flew to the ball and were very physical at times,” said Gilbert whose team hosted Muldrow and Miami.
The Tigers were able to move the ball on offense scoring twice, once on a touchdown pass to wide receiver Wyatt Jones from quarterback David Dick. The second touchdown came on the legs of Dick.
“We had three turnovers that stopped good drives and we need to work on holding onto the ball better,” Gilbert said.
The Tigers head to Wagoner next Thursday for their final scrimmage before the season officially kicks off.
WARNER OFFENSE SHINES – The Eagles scrimmaged Canadian and put on a scoring showcase as they had 24 plays from scrimmage and scored on five. Senior Clint Kite had three touchdowns. Sophomore Jacob Crabtree and junior Eric Wiggins both had touchdown runs.
“The kids played hard even with the heat at times it felt like we were playing in an oven, but we looked to be in really good shape,” said Warner coach Mike Burdge, in his first season.
On defense the Eagles looked just as impressive allowing only two first downs all night. According to Burdge, “We still need to work on defensive reads and techniques, and on offense we need to work on maintaining our blocks,” said Burdge.
The Eagles are at home next Thursday to take on Haskell and Gore.
CHECOTAH — The Wildcats were able to answer a few questions first-year coach Chad Hendricks had going into the scrimmage. “The offensive and defensive lines looked good and really stepped up in key situations for us tonight.” Hendricks stated.
The Wildcats scored two rushing touchdowns, as well as two passing touchdowns. While the defense only gave up one touchdown on the night.
Checotah heads to Muldrow Thursday night for their final scrimmage.
VIAN-LINCOLN CHRISTIAN — Both teams scored twice in first-team battles and the big standout for the Wolverines was wide receiver Shamal Evans on a pair of TD pass plays covering 39 and 45 yards from first-year quarterback Rylee Simon.
Simon was 5-of-7 for 170 yards, four of those going to Evans.
“We saw a lot of new faces out there for the first time at this level and we’ve got a lot to learn, but overall I thought we did OK,” Vian coach Brandon Tyler said. His team will go to Talihina with Roland next Thursday.