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Spiro offense moves ball against Pocola, but Indians get defensive takeaways in Friday night’s scrimmage

September 2, 2014

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN! — Spiro quarterback McKinley Whitfield, left, looks to get past Pocola defender Zach Henry during Friday night’s scrimmage at Spiro’s McClain Stadium. PDN photo by David Seeley

When two county football teams, the Pocola Indians and the Spiro Bulldogs, met in Friday night’s scrimmage at Spiro’s McClain Stadium, each team’s strength came to the forefront.
Offensively, the Bulldogs will be counting upon senior quarterback McKinley Whitfield to lead the way, and he did just that.
In the final part of the scrimmage where it was a simulated half of football, Whitfield had a 38-yard touchdown pass to D.T. Neal, to go with two long pass plays to Chad Tye — covering 20 and 40 yards.
In the scrimmage part to set up the simulated-game situation, Whitfield took it to the house from 40 yards out as well as had two 20-yard pass plays, a 20-yarder to Neal and a 22-yarder to Jerry Vega.
Pocola’s strength, at least early on, is its defense, which also shined in Friday night’s scrimmage. De’Aundre Wilkins picked off a Whitfield pass during the simulated game to thwart a Spiro drive, the Indians’ defense forced a fumble on the next possession at the goal line to stop the Bulldogs once more.

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