The Buffs are ready for battle.
McAlester faced Wagoner in the Buffs’ only preseason scrimmage on Friday, and coach Forrest Mazey said he was very pleased with his team’s performance.
“A good physical contest,” he said. “I mean, plain and simple. It was a good physical scrum.
The physique was evident from the first snap, as the Buffs rough and tumbling, fearless attitude shone through with every play. Mazey said the intensity was even higher than last season’s scrimmage and that bodes well good things for McAlester for the regular season.
“I am proud of the physique of the children. We have to clean up some things, we can’t have the penalties,” he said. “But I like where we are.”
The Buffs came first on the board with a pass from Caden Lesnau in the middle to Carter Lance, who slammed into the open green turf on the breakaway score. Later with Lance Stone at quarterback, the transfer junior rumbled through the defense to extend into the end zone for a touchdown.
Stone would muster another rushing score of the night, once again breaking through the defense. And Blaze Baugh completes the scoring for the Buffs with a power charge in the end zone.
Defensively, McAlester used his speed and strength to fly over the field and disrupt the Bulldogs’ game plan. From the defensive line to the secondary, the Buffs worked every try to make sure the helmets reached the ball and it didn’t travel far down the field.
Mazey again highlighted the many positives the Buffs showed throughout the scrimmage and said there are plenty of weapons that will be at their disposal. There are still some positional battles going on, but he said that was a good problem to have.
“Maybe, I don’t know,” Mazey said. “There are places where it’s good to have numbers. So I don’t know if anything has been settled, but we have a lot of good things.
Now McAlester will focus his attention on his season-opening opponent, Broken Bow. Mazey said his guys will rest and then return to the lab to work out a game plan as they prepare to open Friday at Hook Eales Stadium.
“You just have to clean up some things, play physically and finish,” Mazey said.
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