Coaches pleased with first scrimmages

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Aug 29, 2013 - 8:50:03 AM

TOUGH RUNNINGArea football teams got the opportunity to hit someone else other than their teammates this past weekend. The first scrimmages were held last week as team prepare for the kickoff of the regular season next Friday night.
Marlow coach Rob Renshaw, Central High coach Keith Burton, and Bray-Doyle coach Lee Bluejacket were all pleased with their teams in their respective scrimmages last Friday night. Marlow hosted Pauls Valley, Central High hosted Cement and Holland Hall, and Bray-Doyle hosted Snyder.
This week for the final scrimmages, Marlow will travel to Lindsay today (Thursday) where they will meet up with former Marlow co-defensive coordinator Lawson Petty, who took the defensive coordinator position for the Leopards this season. The middle school teams will play at 5 p.m., followed by the high school at 6 p.m.
Central High travels to play Tipton at 6 p.m., Friday, while Bray-Doyle will host Maysville at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Outlaw defense was the star of the scrimmage for Marlow, holding the Panthers to just a couple of first downs in the hour-long scrimmage.
Marlow’s offense also had some bright spots with long runs and pass plays.
Running back Kagan Blackburn scored on a 50-yard run; quarterback Braeden O’Dell scored on an 8-yard run and Colt Mitchell scored on a long pass play thanks in part to a hard block by receiver Nick Warren that sent his teammates on the sideline into a frenzy.
 “I liked the way we were physical,” Renshaw said. “I thought our defense did a good job of coming off the football and flying to the football. (Pauls Valley) didn’t get too many first downs, and I am real pleased with that.
“I thought our nose guards did a really good job. Tanner Brittain, Caden George,and Christopher Franz – they all did a good job of coming off. Playing an option team like that, if the center gets caved out of the way, that creates a problem with holes for the backs to run through.”
The defense on both sides ruled the early going before Marlow has able to get some offense going.
“We had some nice, big plays there,” Renshaw said. “We’re still learning and we’ll get better. The effort level was there, that’s what I liked about it. I thought we competed at a high level, and our attitudes were good, so we’re not do anything but get better.”
Central High
The Bronchos hosted Cement and independent school Holland Hall. Central High had good games on both sides of the ball. Senior running back Kevin Harris showed what makes him such a dangerous threat when he gets his hands on the ball. He outran and outmaneuvered his opponents in both scrimmages resulting in several scores and long runs. His teammates provided plenty of highlight reel material, too.
Burton has only had a short time to work with his team, but he is pleased with the progress.
“I think for the first time out in the first scrimmage, things went pretty well,” Burton said. “We wanted to see if we could execute the things we put in offensively. Also, we wanted to see how the defense would do lining up. Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”
The scrimmage allowed the coaches to see areas they need to work on.
“There will be some adjustments we will have to make, but that’s what scrimmages are for,” Burton said. “It was a good scrimmage, we got a lot out of it.”
Improvement was the name of the game at Bray-Doyle as the Donkeys took on Snyder.
“I had several people come up to me and say how much they have improved since last year and how much better they look,” Bluejacket said.
Even the coach was a little surprised.
“They played a lot better than what we expected,” Bluejacket said. “Overall, we were very pleased and we liked what we saw. They were flying to the ball”
Bray-Doyle’s first team defense did not give up a touchdown while the Donkeys did manage to score.
“If would have been a game situation, I think it would have game either way,” Bluejacket said. “Snyder went to the playoffs last year, so they are a good team.”
Even with the effort, Bluejacket knows there is work still to be done.
“You’re not ever completely satisfied with the way you play, so we still have things we need to work on. I’m looking forward to see what we can do against Maysville on Friday.”

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