Two teams that would like to erase a bad memory from season opening losses will square off Thursday night at Cameron University field.
The Altus High Bulldogs travel to Lawton for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Lawton Eisenhower Eagles.
Altus is smarting from a 35-14 loss to Vernon while Ike is recovering from a 63-9 thumping from cross town rival Lawton High.
Even though they were dominated by Lawton High last week, they do have some weapons.
Jarvis Jackson (5-5, 153, Sr.) is a smallish jitterbug type of runner that has big play capabilities. “He makes them go, he can scoot,” AHS Head Coach Chad Stone said.
The quarterback Bently Bross (6-2, 170, Jr.) is a pure drop back passer. “He occasionally scrambles around but when he does he’s looking down field for somebody that is open,” Stone said.
T.j. Pratt is Bross’ favorite target. “He’s the guy that they want to isolate on one your corners,” Stone said.
Probably their best prospect is left tackle (6-3, 245, Sr.) Michael Moana. The big tackle who likes to go knoodling is getting looks from several colleges. “He moves extremely well, Stone said.
Defensively it’s a 4-3 look.
Jason Malae (6-1, 237) linebacker and cornerback Randy Green (5-11, 175, Sr.) are the ringleaders.
“They have some athletes and a good mix of size,” Stone said.
Ike is a 70 percent passing team and Altus must control the pass.
“They tried run the ball against Lawton and they were shut down by them,” Stone said. “They made them pass only. We need to be focused on the run and we want to take that away. We want to make them one dimensional.”
Stone said don’t be misled by last week’s score. The last two years they have been easily beaten by LHS in the season opener only to defeat the Bulldogs the following week.
“I think they are thinking this is get right week, it’s Altus week,” Stone said. “So we talked to them (the players) they want to get that bad taste out of their mouth. Just like we do.”
For the Bulldogs they would like to control the clock with the running and mix in an occasional pass.
Taven Birdow and T.J. McGill both had good games last week while quarterback Tanner Cross had a 50 yard run on the option for a score.
Stone said he wanted to get Malcolm Lewis some more snaps on offense. “Hopefully he can give us a change of pace. He didn’t get in to an offensive rhythm against Vernon.”
But at least in the early part of the season the strength of this team is the running backs.
“Absolutely,” Stone said. “They have good vision, even when things aren’t blocked excellent or perfect, they find ways to make yardage. They are good crop of guys.”
Bulldog notes: Ike is coached by Altus native Boone Copeland. He was a quarterback for the Bulldogs in the 1970s.
Altus did lose the services of lineman Alber Anguiano who broke his ankle against Vernon. He underwent successful surgery but is gone for the season. Montana Frailey and Ruben Rojas will split time on defense.
Offensive tackle Chase Garrison will miss the game because he suffered a concussion in the Vernon game. Avery Reuter will take his place.
Eric Perez will move from linebacker to defensive end and Baylor Feller will play an inside linebacker possition.
This long time series will be halted at least for a short period of time because Ike has been taken off the schedule for 2014. Ike and Lawton will not be on that schedule and will be replaced by Anadarko and Elk City.