No More Easy Ones
Waurika and Central High both made it look easy on Friday, cruising past Geary and Macomb, respectively. In fact, most of Central High’s five wins have been pretty one-sided.
Don’t expect any more of that.
There are no more cupcakes on the schedule for either squads as they battle for playoff spots in District B-2.
Waurika’s gauntlet includes Paoli (3-3), Fox (6-0), Central High (5-1) and Oklahoma Christian Academy (2-4). Central High’s difficult run includes Fox, Alex (5-1), Waurika (3-3) and Cyril (4-2).
After each week I will update, who I think is in the running for Area Player of the Year, the same way that analysts debate who is in the running for the Heisman Award after each week of college football.
When Central High coach Darren Lamar took over the program in the summer, parents and fans informed him of which players were talented and primed for big years. Kevin Harris’ name seldom came up.
Six weeks into the season, though, you’d better believe his name is on the top of every opponent’s scouting report.
The junior running back came into Friday’s game averaging a ridiculous 24 points per game and turned that into a slightly more ridiculous 24.3 points per game as he scored 26 points and ran for 130 yards in Friday’s win, obviously keeping him in the hunt to be the Area Player of the Year.
Duncan’s senior kicker/punter/wide receiver/defensive back Jack Braught added a new level to his diversity as he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season Friday, adding to a total that includes two field goals and three receiving touchdowns.
Velma-Alma running back Dallen Mercer was leaned on for the second straight week after the Comets’ quarterback broke his leg and for the second straight week, Mercer answered the bell, rushing for 166 yards in a win over Bray-Doyle. Mercer was dinged up in the game, but assuming he is back soon, he should be in the Player of the Year hunt.
Empire sophomore Dillon Twigg may already have a lock on newcomer of the year and is vying for the top spot after another strong showing, running for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while also hauling in a 48-yard grab.
Comanche may have struggled in a loss to Lindsey but quarterback Kale Reed still managed to put together strong numbers, rushing for 73 yards and a score, and throwing for another 28 yards.
Greg Crews is sports editor of The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 143 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.