Another team who has been in the spotlight frequently this season is the Central High Bronchos. Under the guidance of first-year head coach Darren Lamar, CHHS has gotten off to a solid 5-1 start to go with a 4-1 district record, with its lone loss coming against Paoli on the road.
“I like the fact we have taken care of business against the teams we should have,” Lamar said. “I’ve coached with some kids who wouldn’t have played like these guys do. We’re getting better defensively and I hope that continues the rest of the season.”
On the offensive side of the ball, business has been booming for the boys in blue and gold.
CHHS averages 52.8 points per game with Kevin Harris scoring 19 total touchdowns.
In addition Ashton Wright and Mikel Womack have scored five and six touchdowns respectively, with quarterback Kade Taylor contributing two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bronchos have only allowed 22.7 points per game.
Along with his offensive explosion, Harris has run for 865 yards in six games this season. Taylor has thrown for 154 yards on 10 for 22 passing.
“Before the season, I had seen things in Kevin (Harris) that made me think he had potential,” Lamar said. “His play on both sides of the ball has been outstanding. He just continues to surprise me with his overall presence on the field.”
However, Harris and the rest of the Bronchos are going to be tested the last four weeks of the season.
Friday night will see Central High go up against district favorite and undefeated Fox on the road, followed by a home game against Alex. Two road games against Waurika and Cyril will determine if the Bronchos make the postseason.
At this point in the season last year, the Velma-Alma Comets were 1-5 with their playoff hopes looking slim.
Fast forward to this year, and V-A sits with a 3-3 record, along with a 2-1 district record.
However, while the Comets are in the thick of the playoff race, it’s been anything but a smooth road.
Against Wilson, starting quarterback sophomore Ty Richardson suffered a season ending leg injury, while last Friday night against Bray-Doyle, senior running back Dallen Mercer sustained a high ankle sprain.
“We don’t talk much about the injuries to be honest,” V-A coach Greg Gothard said. “We’ve got enough to worry about as it is. I’m proud though of the kids for playing as hard as they have. Right now our biggest concern is staying disciplined with the football. We haven’t been doing that lately, but against Wynnewood and Ringling, we showed we can be disciplined.”
Before his injury, Richardson was putting up solid numbers on offense. He had passed for 509 yards on 27-of-60 passing with six touchdowns.
A huge part of those 509 yards comes from the duo of Austin Dennis and Checotah Lynn. On the season, Lynn has caught 13 catches for 203 yards with Dennis hauling in seven catches for 195 yards.
Mercer has undoubted been one of the keys to the Comets success this season.
Through six games, the senior has totaled 825 yards rushing on 110 carries with nine touchdowns.
“Having Dallen healthy is very key for us,” Gothard said. “When he’s able to get his carries, it helps make the rest of the offense run smoothly. Right now, he’s the horse were riding.”
V-A will be home to Walters this Friday, before finishing the season with road contests at Rush Springs and Empire, before the season finale at home against Healdton.