Altus High’s Diquon Woodhouse goes up for a pass in the Bulldogs game with Del City last Friday. Altus will play at Oklahoma City Southeast tomorrow night.
It’s that time of the year people starting talking playoffs in high school football.
For the Altus High School Bulldogs it’s time to get rolling. The Bulldogs are 1-5 on the season and 1-2 in district play. If Altus entertains any shot at getting into the playoffs they will probably have to win three of their four remaining for games to make that a possibility.
It starts Friday against Oklahoma City Southeast. Kick off will be at 7 p.m. at C.B Speegle Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma City Capitol Hill High School. The following games include Lawton MacArthur, Ardmore and Capitol Hill.
Altus High Head Coach Chad has told his players this week every goal that has been set as far as the playoffs are concerned is there.
“There are more district games ahead of us than they are behind us,” Stone said. “We have to make that a priority. It has to be on our minds.”
It has been a frustrating year for the Bulldogs and Stone said it all gets back to execution.
“We’re making execution mistakes that is week one type of stuff,” Stone said. “It’s not a scheme problem, not an athletic problem, not a coaching problem, it’s a focus problem. If we’re in this (focusing), I can guarantee you, we will be in the playoffs.”
In Southeast, the Bulldogs will face a multiple gun offense and a defense that lines up with variations of a 4-4.
It’s a balanced offense and the big weapon is wide receiver/tight end Tavon Kramer (6-3, 225, Sr.), a cousin of Altus running back Diquon Woodhouse. Tyrone Harrison (6-3, 185, Sr.) also gives quarterback Micah Hunter a good target. The running game revolves around Raymond Douglass who Stone termed “a hard runner.”
All three are two-way performers. Harris is the big play guy on defense from the corner back position.”He runs like a gazelle,” Stone said.
Southeast (2-4, 1-2) has been very competitive this year, unlike in year’s past. They played a solid Ardmore team very tough. The Spartans scored but failed on a two point conversion and trailed the Tigers 14-12 early in the fourth quarter before losing 21-12.
The scouting report shows that they have a tendency to get their head down when something bad happens which means it would be good for the Bulldogs jump on the early in the game.
“If we take them lightly, we’re going to be in for a long night,” Stone said. “If we execute right from the start, they are probably going to shut down.”
Bulldog notes: Stone cited nose tackle Eric Perez for good play in the Del City game last Friday. This week’s game has a different start time of 7 p.m.
Altus was supposed to have played a junior varsity game at Elk City on Monday. Elk City cancelled that game, however. Instead the AHS freshman scrimmage the AHS junior varsity. The clock was set at 15 minutes for each quarter and it ran continuously. The freshmen won the game by one touchdowns as the JV was close to scoring when time had run out.