PORUM — School has started for most students. However, for the Arkoma Mustangs, they were in class on the football field in Friday night's road scrimmage against the Porum Panthers.
The Mustangs scored on their first and last series, both coming compliments of Tyree Nolden. He capped the first series with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Gragg, then ended things with a 67-yard TD run.
“I was very pleased,” said Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach. “We learned a lot. There was a a lot of teaching going on. We came off the field learning more than what we had learned before we walked onto the field. We caught up a little bit (in learning what we're supposed to do). When we came off the field, I didn't think we had done very well, but when I started looking at the film, I think we definitely made progress.”
Heavener Wolves Show Good Effort in Three-Way Scrimmage against Haileyville, Wilburton
HAILEYVILLE — Carl Lee, Heavener's first-year football coach, was pretty pleased with what he saw of his Wolves in Friday night's road three-way scrimmage here with host Haileyville and Wilburton.
The Wolves scored five times, and in all ways — runs, deep passes and screen passes.
“The overall effort was good,” Lee said. “We just need to get our assignments down. The kids played hard, and that was a positive thing about it. When we get some of football knowledge down more, we're going to be OK.”
Panama Players Shine in Savanna Scrimmage
SAVANNA — Brandon Ellis, Panama's second-year football coach, got some questions answered about some of his players in Friday night's scrimmage against Savanna.
For starters, two offensive players stood out, Trey Byrd and quartertback Trevor Bourne.
Byrd scored Panama's lone touchdown on a 5-yard run.
“Trey is going to be a good player for us,” Ellis said. “He really impressed us (Friday) night. We started putting him at slotback, but due to some injuries we moved him to tailback — and that's where he really impressed us. Trevor Bourne looked really good at quarterback. He made some great runs, great passes and great reads.”
Talihina Golden Tigers Have Best Scrimmage in Coach's Tenure
TALIHINA — In Kelly Gravitt's 10-year tenure at Talihina, he perhaps saw his Talihina Golden Tigers' best scrimmage, which took place Friday night against the Valliant Bulldogs at Doc Robinson Stadium.
The Tigers scored five times, and could have had even more.
“We could have scored every time we touched the ball, but when we scored our 10-play series ended,” Gravitt said. “'Our offense looked good. We were able to move the ball. Our offensive line is way more improved than it was at this time last year. This was the best scrimmage we've had since I've been coaching here. We looked way better.”