QUAPAW — It was a promising first outing for the Quapaw Wildcats under first-year head coach Chris Cawyer.

Summit Christian, located in Broken Arrow, brought only 17 players.

The Eagles will return to the eight-man ranks for the 2018 and 19 seasons.

“We are still struggling a little bit,” said Cawyer, who is trying to turn around a program that went winless a year ago.

“They still don’t understand the concept of going hard every play,” he said. “When they changed defenses on us a little bit we were a little confused, but overall, I am really happy with them as far as what they have done so far.”

Cawyer said the Wildcats are still going through growing pains, “but I think we took a step forward with the program, trying to get it going in the right direction.”

This was the only preseason tune-up for the Cats, who open the 2017 season Friday, Aug. 25 at home with Drumright in a Week Zero game.

Fairland native Brandon Blizzard is the Tornadoes head coach.

“We’re just going to keep getting better and better every day,” Cawyer said.

He praised the efforts of the defensive unit, which is under the guidance of James Dawson.

“The defense is always ahead of the offense, but we were over here really ahead,” Cawyer said.

The Wildcats forced five turnovers on the night.

“We were really aggressive,” Cawyer said. “You don’t see much double-tight wing, but defensively they did really, really well.”

One portion of the scrimmage was played with a running 20-minute clock. The Cats managed to get only one offensive series in, Cawyer said.