Bulldogs show promise in scrimmage
by By Mark Glenn, sports editor
There were some spots for the Altus High School Bulldogs in their scrimmage with Frederick and Weatherford here on Friday night.
However, there were also some problems.
Altus unveiled its new veer offense and they were explosive rushing for 42 times for 440 yards. Defensively the Bulldogs played well at times but they gave up many big plays.
Here is how the scrimmage went:
The three teams gathered for the rapid fire segments which meant one defense and two offenses were on the field at the same time. One offense would run a play and then the other offense would run a play of their own. Each play was snapped from midfield.
Altus pretty much controlled things in the first segment. The Bulldogs did not yield a score while the Bulldogs explode for three touchdowns. Malcom Lewis scored twice on a pair of 50 run, one against Frederick and one against Weatherford. Sophomore running back Taven Birdow had 50 yard TD scamper against Frederick.
The second segment wasn’t kind to the Bulldogs especially defensively.
Altus yielded three consecutive 50 yard touchdown plays, one by pass.
Birdow did have a 50 yard run for a score against Frederick.
Then Altus played both Weatherford and Frederick in a game situation where the clock ran continuously for 15 minutes.
Both Altus and Weatherford had some good plays on offense but neither could sustain it. Neither team scored.
Altus and Frederick each scored once in the scrimmage.
Frederick scored quickly on its first possession.
The Bombers drove 80 yards in three plays for a touchdown.
Altus scored on a perfectly executed option play. Junior quarterback Tanner Cross went right and pitched to halfback T.J. McGill who rambled 35 yards for the score.
What Head Coach Chad Stone had to say
“We came out in that first cycle and our kids hadn’t played anybody in a while and they were pumped up. They were ready to get after it, they were breaking runs right and left.
“Defensively we were fitting in the right places and getting to where we needed to go. Looking in the kids eyes when we started that second cycle they just thought man, this is easy. When you’re trying to take that next step, that is something you have to guard against. We came out in that second cycle and gave up those three touchdowns, just boom, boom, boom. We stilled moved the ball well offensively. Here’s the thing we ran three offensive plays tonight. We were playing very close to the best. We want make sure we are in good shape there.
“We did give up some big plays. We have a lot of talented kids but there are first year kids in their position. Both of our inside kids were defensive ends last year. One of our starting defensive ends hasn’t played in two years. Defensive tackles, they are new. Aaron Rogers, Malcom Lewis, Wavin Yada have started. We have five or six defensive defensive starters returning but only three or four are actually in the position they were last year. We have to wrap up better, we have to tackle better. There were times we were in the right spots but just not making the plays.
“The other part about it is that both of these offenses that we saw tonight are spread type offenses. We spent about 15 minutes yesterday afternoon going over how to defend the spread. The rest of our time has been devoted on how to stop the wing t (Vernon’s offense). If Frederick or Weatherford lined up in the wing t I would hope we would hit them right in the mouth.”
Both Birdow and Lewis had big nights running the ball.
Lewis reeled off 149 yards on nine carries with a pair of touchdowns. Birdow rushed seven times for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Bulldog notes: The Altus High freshmen had a big night outscoring Weatherford 6-2 with Tito Jones scoring four touchdowns.
The Altus Junior Varsity pitched a shutout outscoring both opponent 2-0 in touchdowns.
The Altus varsity will open its season Friday night when they host the Vernon Lions.
Reach at or 580-482-1221.
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