Let’s call it like it is. Class 5A football in 2015 is absolutely loaded with teams intent on winning. In the football preview issue, Coach Reed mentioned that the 5A district that Altus is in is probably the single toughest district of any class.
After week two, we can bank on that statement as a fact.
The Bulldogs certainly made waves statewide by beating Anadarko on Friday night. The scoreboard showed a 17 point margin at the end. However, anyone witnessing this game saw a more lopsided match-up. I think as this season plays out, we will see Anadarko give the teams in 4A some serious trouble. Anadarko quarterback, Nacho Gallegos, is the real deal. With him taking snaps behind that experienced line, the Anadarko offense is formidable. They were able to mistreat the Bulldogs’ defense on several occasions and a few in the second half. That is something very few teams have been able to do.
Look for the Anadarko Warriors to still push 4A deep in the playoffs. This will be further evidence of just how stout our Bulldogs are.
We have warned the state of just what kind of noise the Bulldogs were set to make this year. On Friday, Altus turned up the volume. Apparently, some across this state heard it.
The Bulldogs are at #4 in this week’s rankings.
Lawton Mac is #1 followed by Del City at #2 and Deer Creek at #3. Altus is at #4 and Ardmore is #7. That makes four of the top seven teams in Class 5A are all in Altus’ district. Del City disposed of 6A’s Lawton Ike, 41-14. Mac beat 6A Lawton High, 32-12 and Deer Creek beat 6A Norman 31-22. This Class 5A is for real.
UPDATE : Friday night’s contest at Elk City is at 7 p.m. I mentioned in Sunday’s article that Elk City’s seating capacity is but a fraction of what the Bulldogs will need. I also suggested lawn chairs. Scratch that. According to Elk City’s administration, there will not be any room for lawn chairs. However, Bulldog fans will have areas to stand and hills they can sit on. The number of seats for the visiting section is a minuscule 940. It’s estimated that close to 5,000 Bulldog fans traveled to Vernon for the road opener.
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