ARKOMA — Last year, the Arkoma Mustangs' defense gave up 598 points last season. If Friday night's home scrimmage is any indication, things will be vastly different in 2011.
The Mustangs did not give up a score to the Canadian Cougars in Friday night's first scrimmage of the preseason.
“I thought (the scrimmage) went real well,” Arkoma Coach Mark Weatherton said. “We were physical like I wanted us to be. I thought our defense played really well. We have a few technical things we have to shore up on defense, but we didn't give up any touchdowns in the whole scrimmage. So, I was real pleased with that.”
Offensively, the Mustangs scored five times. Tyler Sweeten had two of the scores, one run and one TD pass reception. The other scores came on TD runs by Christian Davis and Skylar Batt as well as an interception return by Tanner Steward.
Heavener's defense shines
in scrimmage against Haileyville
The Wolves had only one shutout in 2010 and kept opponents to 20 points or less in three other games last season. In Friday night's scrimmage against the Haileyville Warriors, the Wolves' defense got after it, which pleased Heavener Coach John Thompson.
“Defensively, we came out and stroked them,” he said. “Basically, they had negative yards on the night.”
On offense, after a slow start, the Wolves came on late.
“Offensively, we moved the ball pretty well downfield,” Thompson said. “We were a bit sluggish early, but as we got to the end we were moving the ball well. I was pleased with that.”
Heavener scored three times — on a Tyler Hamm TD pass to Shaun Bradley and a touchdown runs by Rogelio Serrano and Justin Page.
Panama shocked early,
but ends scrimmage well
After the Okmulgee Bulldogs put two scores up early against the Panama Razorbacks, the Hogs settled down and finished Friday night's scrimmage in Okmulgee looking pretty good.
One thing which First-Year Panama Coach Brandon Ellis was pleased with was how well conditioned his players were in.
“One of the things we got out of it was that we saw that our kids are in shape,” he said. “After the initial shock, we didn't have anyone go down due to heat. Physically, we're in shape. And probably the best thing that we got out of it was that we came out of it healthy — that's a real plus for us.”
Panama scored twice, both on runs — a 2-yard run by James Sisco and a 65-yarder by Gabe Harp.
“After the initial shock, we started making our blocks, and we ran the ball hard,” Ellis said.