CHECOTAH — As expected in a first scrimmage, Wyandotte head coach Brad Homer saw some good as well as some bad during the Bears scrimmage here Thursday, Aug. 17.

“For the most part, we did some good things,” Homer said. “Were there things we need to work on? Yes. Are there things we will get better at? Yes we will, because I believe our kids will work to get better.”

The Bears’ scrimmage with 3A Checotah was moved up a day because of concerns about the weather.

“Like they say, it’s never as good and never as bad,” Homer said. .

“Up front, our kids got down on themselves a little bit, but I am proud of their effort. (We were) making some mistakes, not having a chance to really scout what some of the teams are going to do offensively, defensively and shifts in the front and slanting away. Some of those things are tough on a young lineman in their first scrimmage in varsity.

“I do not think it was a lack of effort. Our kids did the best they could with what they were up against.”

Homer said things the Bears struggled with are correctable with more practice. They’d had only nine preseason workouts before going up against Checotah.

“The things we struggled with some, we can get better at obviously,” he said. “Part of that is just being young: a freshman trying to block a senior or a sophomore trying to block a seniors.”

Receiver-turned-quarterback Jordon Burney drew praise from Homer.

“I thought Jordon Burney played well, made some good decisions,” Homer said.

“There were some good things on both sides of the football. Some of our young kids did some good things in the jayvee stuff. There are things to build off of.”

The Bears have one final chance to get things down before the Sept. 1 opener when they travel to Tahlequah Sequoyah on Thursday, Aug. 24.