High school football: Catching up with...
BY ZAK PATTERSON World Sports Writer
Friday, September 07, 2012
9/07/12 at 6:09 AM
Senior running back and linebacker Hunter West ran the ball 13 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns and had seven tackles in a 36-12 win over Skiatook last week. Junior quarterback Zane McElroy completed 12-of-15 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals play at Catoosa on Friday. Collinsville coach Kevin Jones expects it to be a physical game. "It'll be a real test," Jones said.
Head coach Dennis Millican admitted that the team looked rough in its scrimmages but looked "much improved" in a 26-13 opening victory over Miami. "Every snap we're getting better," Millican said. "We're still looking to find the right personnel and to improve our timing." Against Miami, junior quarterback Jake Spychalski threw for more than 150 yards. The Ridge runners also ran for more than 150 yards. The pass coverage against Miami did its job, holding the Wardogs to zero yards in the pass game. Grove will host rival Jay on Friday. Millican said of the game against Jay, "There's a lot of excitement for that one."
The Jay Bulldogs started the year with a victory over Vinita 23-14, but head coach Darrin Wegner noted there was room for improvement after the Bulldogs committed five turnovers. "We left points on the field. We're looking to improve our ball security this week," Wegner said. Jay will face rival Grove tonight. "It's a big rivalry in these parts, and it means a lot to the two communities. Our kids are excited," said Wegner.
Coming off a 2-8 season last year, coach Gabe Ellis called the Golden Eagles' 23-14 opening-game victory against Liberty huge for the team's confidence. "Offensively, we played better than we did last year," said Ellis. Mounds had more than 300 yards of offense. Sophomore quarterback Shane Milam was 13-of-20 passing for 140 yards. Said Ellis, "I'm really excited about Mounds football right now." Mounds will visit Gore on Friday.
Sperry coach Robert Park was fired up about the Pirates' season-opening 30-7 victory over Eufaula. "We have a bunch of guys out there who haven't been to war before. We have a young team, but we played well." Senior quarterback Casey Holcomb led the way for the Pirates with 160 rushing yards and one touchdown. Holcomb also had 150 passing yards with two touchdowns. Sperry plays at McLain on Friday. "They have a lot of speed," Park said. "They look good on film."