The Duncan Banner

Sports

May 13, 2014

Position shuffling at Empire’s spring practices

EMPIRE — Empire is already making significant changes to try to replicate last season’s success on the football field.

The first and biggest change is moving Tanner Ford from offensive lineman to quarterback. The switch will give the Bulldogs the opportunity to move sophomore Evan Whitt from quarterback to a position where he can use his athleticism in different ways, either running back or receiver.

Hesitant to put forth an individual goals this year, Ford is beginning to understand the responsibilities that accompany his new role.

“I’m hoping to be the best I can, just play the part,” Ford said. “It’s not really that difficult. It’s just knowing the handoffs, and I guess dealing with the pressure.”

Ford’s arm is another reason for the transition. Coach Tony Roberts doesn’t know if the move is certain, but wherever Ford ends up, he’ll be hard to stop.

“Wherever Tanner is going to be he’ll be a solid player for us, just like last year,” Roberts said. “Every year you have to make changes to put people in different places, not just to make that person better but to make the whole team better.”

One change Roberts doesn’t have to worry about is with junior Dillon Twigg. Empire’s gameplan will likely revolve once again with getting No. 6 the ball. Last year Twigg challenged for the state rushing title, and he hopes he can have an even better season this year.

“We’ve got a lot of new goals this season,” Twigg said. “I want to get us past the second round of the playoffs.”

The Bulldogs were eliminated by eventual-state champion Hollis in the second round of the 2013 state tournament. Roberts thinks Twigg’s progress this season will have a significant impact on whether the team can improve on that achievement.

“I think Dillon could be one of those really special kids that only come along once in a while,” Roberts said. “He’s probably the best running back in Class A, but we’ve got to go out and prove that to people.”

Accomplishing the same level of rushing statistics won’t be easy for Empire as it has only two offensive linemen returning — three if Ford moves back.

“For Dillon to have the year like he did last year, we’ve got to still be able to block and do the things we did last year,” Roberts said. “We’ve still got Anthony Gonzalez and Gage Pierce there. If (Ford at quarterback) doesn’t work out, we’ll be able to move some people around, but right now we’re looking at that type of situation.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • In the middle of it Demons return from camp energized

    Duncan volleyball returned to practice with a spring in its step Monday, despite not being on their own gym floor.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Defensive showcase Comanche’s defense strengthens

    Everyone around the Indian program (even one Outlaw) points out how far the softball team has come, but nothing is more evident then the improvement on defense.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major

    Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf's oldest trophy.

    On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

    In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

    And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.

    July 20, 2014

  • Watkins wins Watkins shines in Duncan tennis tournament

    Freshman Addie Watkins didn’t let playing older opponents deter her from winning the 16-year-old girls division at the Duncan First Bank Jr. Challenger Tournament Friday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • McKelvey named Banner sports editor

    Assistant Sports Editor John McKelvey has been promoted to sports editor of The Duncan Banner.

    July 20, 2014

  • Budler Budler earns his PGA membership

    In just half the time he was allotted, Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Assistant Golf Professional Mark Budler achieved PGA membership status.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Junior clinic helps young players prepare for the Hoedebeck Tournament

    It wasn’t a coincidence that The Duncan Golf and Tennis Club held one of its summer junior clinics the week before the Hoedebeck tournament tees off — General Manager Mike Hansen wants to give his players all the help he can before the big day.

    July 20, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season

    Little news is truly made at the Southeastern Conference's media days, where players and coaches predict, insinuate and deflect in advance of this fall's college football season.
     

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Volleyball gets off to fast start in Missouri tournament

    On a big stage, there was no stage fright for Duncan volleyball, which had both of its six-player teams finish 5-3 in the first day of its summer tournament.

    July 18, 2014

  • Bringing a racket to Duncan

    A tournament that will take place at Duncan High School Friday has high school students eager to prove themselves against opponents from across the state of Oklahoma.

    July 18, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts
Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results