Bulldogs entertain Duncan in district clash

October 3, 2013

Altus High Head Football Coach Chad is hoping last Friday night’s victory over Chicks will give his team something to build on. He will find out this Friday when the Bulldogs host Duncan in the second district game of the year. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

“We’re praying and hoping that it did,” Stone said. “I don’t see how it can’t lift us up and give us a little bit more confidence than what we had. You just hope it’s enough confidence to get the real Altus Bulldogs stand up and start fighting.”

Duncan and Altus are mirrors of each other offensively in that both teams want to run the football. Duncan is 88-12 percent run pass while Altus is 89-20 percent run pass.

Coach Jim Holloway’s Demons opened the season in the flex bone offense but since then has changed to the I formation.

The option play is the main part of the offense with with quarterback Connor Kelly (5-10, 175) at the throttle.

Tailback Je’Mario McCoy (5-9, 160) is a break away threat.

Since going to the I, the Demons have had success. They rushed for 375 yards in a 28-6 loss to second ranked Midwest City Carl Albert. Duncan (1-2, 1-0) lost 48-6 to Guthrie in the season opener and has a lop side victory over Oklahoma City Capitol Hill.

Altus is 1-3 overall and 1-0 in district play. They have lost to Vernon, Texas, Lawton Eisenhower and Lawton High. They defeated Chickasha 32-29 in double overtime last Friday night in the district opener.

Their veer offense is sparked by sophomore running back Taven Birdow. He has rushed 91 times for 688 yards and a 7.5 yard average per attempt. T.J. McGill has been productive also running for 299 yards on 56 carries for a 5.3. yard average. Junior quarterback Tanner Cross comes in with 202 yards on 34 tries for a 5.9 yard average.

You can talk about offense all you want but Stone says the outcome of the game will be decided by the two defenses.

“We can’t have turnovers,” Stone said. “We can’t have negative plays. But this game is going to be won on the defensive side of the ball. Who forces the turnovers, who makes the big stops on third and short and gets off the field.”

Bulldog notes: It was well documented that Birdow and McGill played well in the Chickasha game. Stones also complimented the offensive line for good play. They included Montana Frailey, Paulino Ortiz, Ruben Rojas, Johnathan Delzer and Carlos Pantoja and Jackson Herring.

Nathan Buddenhagen is out for the season with a knee injury he suffered in the Lawton High game. Chase Garrison has been cleared to play. Garrison has missed the last three games because of a concussion.

Josue Martinez leads the team in pass receptions with 16 for 148 yards. Cross has completed 44 percent of his passes (22 of 50).

Defensively linebacker Wavin Yada leads the team with 28 assists and 13 solo stops.

Stone reflected on the bizarre ending of the Chickasha game. Altus attempted a field goal in the second overtime which was blocked. Altus’ Jackson Herring picked up the ball and was attempting to hand the ball to an official. But Stone and his staff yelled at Herring telling him it was live ball and run the ball into the end zone. Herring did that but there was an inadvertant whistle that blew the play dead. By rule you replay that down. Gabe Barton then kicked the field goal giving the Bulldogs the victory.

What Stone found unusual was that he had watched a video of the same thing happening in a high school game two weeks before that.

“I thought that was pretty cool and I thought at some point in my coaching career I will get to use that. I had no idea it would be two weeks later,” Stone said.