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September 13, 2013

Comets to face one of Class A’s best squads

DUNCAN — The Comets will find out how they measure up agianst one of the best teams in Class A.

The Velma-Alma High School football team hosts No. 5-ranked Wynnewood Friday night.

“Our hands will definitely be full,” said Comet coach Greg Gothard.

Gothard said what makes Wynnewood so good is the quality of the team’s athletes. The Savages have a quarterback who is “not hard to bring down but hard to get to where you can bring him down,” Gothard said.

He added the Savages have a running back who is just as quick but can run with power and several receivers who can do damage in the open field.

“If they get space, we are probably in trouble,” Gothard said. “We have got to get quickly to the football.”

A tough opponent like Wynnewood, though, will give the Comets a good idea about where they are it with their progress, Gothard said.

“If we win, we’ll know we are probably ahead of schedule,” he said. “If we are able to stay with them and be competitive, we’ll know we are on schedule. Hopefully our kids will answer the bell, and I believe they will.”

Gothard said he was pleased with the overall effort in the team’s season opener against Comanche, and that  the players exceeded expectations for the opener.

“We had more things we did right than we, as a coaching staff, might have expected,” Gothard said. “We had 11 kids, no matter who they were, that were going hard.”

He added the team can improve its play on the offensive and defensive line, but that the Comets did well in both aspects in the Comanche game.

“Usually the front lines take longer to come around, but I was pleased with where we were at on both sides of the ball,” Gothard said.

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