Despite missing several key players, Wyandotte still looked impressive in their first pre-season scrimmage Friday night, according to head coach Jeff Wigger.
“Everybody else stepped up well and we had a good scrimmage,” Wigger said. “We got to get some things on tape - I was real pleased.”
This was the first weekend Oklahoma high school football teams could get in their first tune-up prior to the start of the regular season on Sept. 4-5.
The Bears hosted a four-way scrimmage with Fairland, Adair and Warner.
Other scrimmages Friday night saw Afton at Kansas with Inola, Commerce at Chelsea and Welch at Davenport with Pond Creek-Hunter.
Quapaw scrimmaged at Colcord on Thursday.
“It gives us a gauge of where we're at and what we need to work on,” said Wigger, who is in his first season as the Bears head coach. He was defensive coordinator last season. “Overall I was pleased with the effort. It was just some little things. Overall we really didn't have too many busted assignments and had very few mental errors. Our physical and mental effort was good.
“We just have some things technique-wise we need to keep working on. We will get there.”
Wigger was pleased with the play of quarterback. Also, Tyler Harner drew good reviews as a running back.
“He played stepped in and did a good job,” Wigger said. “He's normally going to be a wide-out, That gives us another option there.”
Wigger also cited cornerback Tyler Buckallew.
“He stepped up and made a few good plays,” Wigger said. “Overall, it was not too bad of a team effort.”
The Bears travel to Salina Thursday for a two-way scrimmage.
They open the regular season Sept. 5 at Salina.
Tigers do well
The Commerce Tigers drew favorable reviews following their scrimmage at Chelsea.
The Tigers were in a three-way dry run with the hosts and Barnsdall.
“It was good for the first one,” CHS head coach Willie Ng said. “We didn't have any glaring mistakes. We saw good effort. I liked how the kids played and hustled around. We're not where we really want to be at this point, but it's a new system and all that. It's OK.”
The Tigers were able to run only 24 total plays with the varsity and 20 with the JV group.
Ng was really pleased with the defense.
“The defense went after the ball well,” he said. “On 12 plays, we only allowed 8 yards. We need to work on the secondary a little bit.”
Commerce hosts Westville Friday in its final scrimmage. That's a change from the original schedule, which had Verdigris coming in.
The scrimmage will be played under game-like conditions with a clock and limited kicking game.
“That puts us in game mode - we like that format a little bit better,” Ng said. “We're looking forward to it.”
Eagles pick up pace
Afton got off to a slow start, then picked up the pace in its scrimmage at Kansas, Okla.
“It went pretty well,” Afton head coach Zack Gardner said. “It was a different format than we're accustomed. The format was like a team camp (with each team running six plays against each other's defense).
“If you were on defense, you definitely were getting conditioning because it was rapid fire,” he said.
The Eagles held a 2-0 edge in scoring with their No. 1 units.
“We tried to stay pretty bland on offense,” Gardner said. “We didn't show too much. We just ran basic stuff.”
Tyler Blount and Shawn Free made some big plays on defense for the Eagles and T.J. Korb did a good job running the ball, Gardner said.
“The offensive front did a good job blocking,” Gardner said. “We had a couple of kids missing due to the fair (Dusty Henry and Sam Shepard), but that got some other kids some experience.”
Afton will scrimmage at Adair Thursday night.