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August 24, 2012

Tahlequah wraps up scrimmage slate

MUSKOKGEE — Wagoner looked the sharpest and the most productive of the three teams, which included Hilldale and Tahlequah, that scrimmaged at Hilldale High School’s Hornet Stadium on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs scored three times. Kerwin Thomas had a 12-yard touchdown run, Decarius Clark tossed a 60-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Cantrell and a 19-yard TD pass to  Denton Bosco.

Wagoner coach Dale Condict was particularly pleased how his team played in the early stages of the scrimmage.

“We played all the starters at the same time,” he said. “As the scrimmage went on, we tried to figure out who the backups were and whether or not they can function at a varsity level. That’s what scrimmages are for. I think we went out and substituted eight positions on defense.”

Lawrence Evitt didn’t score, but he had a scrimmage-high 32 yards rushing on four carries. Clark completed three of four passes for 87 yards.

The Bulldogs, however, played without running back Devin Hawkins. He suffered an ACL injury last week, Condict said.

“He’s going to have surgery on Sept. 5,” the Wagoner coach said.

Meanwhile, Hilldale focused its scrimmage on the passing game. Quarterback Chandler Puckett completed six of nine passes for 75 yards.

“I thought he threw it really well,” coach Chad Kirkhart said. “We also caught it better this week.”

Five different receivers caught passes for the Hornets. Miles Jackson caught two passes for 41 yards, while Richard Mabery had two receptions for 24 yards.

“We didn’t run Chandler a whole lot as we’re trying to keep him healthy,” Kirkhart said. “I thought we were better offensively this week. Defensively, I thought we had great effort and got after it. These guys play with a lot of energy. We’re excited about getting started.”

Though the Tigers of Tahlequah didn’t score, coach Brad Gilbert wasn’t upset. He was more interested in his team’s effort.

“We talked to our guys before the scrimmage that it wasn’t about how many we scored or the other team,” he said. “We were focused on the attitude and concentrated on playing assignment football. As long as they continue to buy in what we’re doing, they’re going to be all right.”

The Tigers looked particularly strong in running with the ball.

Mason McMillan had nine carries for 52 yards rushing on nine carries, Quarterback David Dick ran for 23 yards on four carries.

All three teams kick off the regular season next Friday. Hilldale plays at Stigler, while Wagoner hosts Coweta and Tahlequah plays at Fort Gibson.

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