Sequoyah knows it has a good quarterback (Nate Stanley) and running back (Travis Boswell), but coach Brent Scott needed to see how well the Indians would do with pass protection.

After Thursday’s final scrimmage that included Vian and Roland at Sequoyah, Scott was happy with what he saw.

“It was a big concern for us if they were going to be able to protect Stanley and they did,” Scott said. “When we protect him, he’s a pretty good quarterback. Bos also had a big night carrying the ball for us. He also caught a touchdown pass.”

The third-year Indians coach was glad to see his team come out of the scrimmage injury-free.

“That’s always a plus,” he said. “Both Vian and Roland were tough teams. I thought we were well-conditioned.”

Sequoyah opens the season Friday at Gravette, Ark.



Vian

With running back Vfastv Locust still sitting out for what coach Brandon Tyler said was for “undisclosed” reasons, the Wolverines worked on the versatility of quarterback Seth Sloan.

He threw touchdown passes in the scrimmage that included Sequoyah and Roland, but the Sloan ran the ball more last Friday.

“We’ve been concentrating on the working the option game with Seth,” Tyler said. “He threw the ball well the other night but the option stuff is something we needed to get done.”

Wide receiver Londell Taylor caught seven touchdown passes in Vian’s two scrimmage and tight end Philip Wright has made some catches.

Vian opens the season at home against Seeworth Academy. Tyler is thankful his team doesn’t have to worry about district play for a few weeks.

“That give us three more weeks to get our defense where it needs to be,” he said.

Locust’s status will likely stay the same until week 2, sources within the program said.



Warner



The Eagles literally weathered the storm at Okemah. They had to wait through two thunderstorm delays that totaled an hour before scrimmaging.

“We had to cut the whole thing to a mini-scrimmage. We did really well,” coach Curt Denton said. “We wanted the referees to call it tight, so we could cut down on our mistakes such as holding. The defense also did a great job.”

Denton was also pleased with the play of younger players including Brandon Williams and Nathan Morton.

“We weren’t fancy in our scrimmage. We ran our power game,” Denton said.

Warner opens 2006 at home against Chouteau.



Okay

Though the Mustangs only had 14 players at their scrimmages with Pocola and Valliant, coach Scott Sapulpa saw good things.

“We got into our spread offense and were somewhat successful,” he said. “We didn’t make a lot of yards, but I thought we did a pretty good job.”

Sapulpa was hoping for more players on the roster, but he’s optimistic about the small squad.

“I told them if they stay hooked up on the field and never give up that it’s going to pay off for us and hopefully that will be Friday,” he said.

Okay begins its first in Class A at home against Keota.



Haskell

Coach Chad Kirkhart wanted his inexperienced offensive line to get some more work in the Haymakers’ scrimmage with Liberty, Adair and Newkirk.

“We’re still working through (the inexperience),” he said. “The scrimmage ended well for us after not starting out too well. I was really pleased with the way we played on defense. We have some things we need to work on offense.”

Haskell opens its season at Stigler.

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