CHOCTAW – Shawnee and Tecumseh saw their first action of the 2014 football season as both teams took on Sand Springs and the host Choctaw Yellowjackets in a four-team scrimmage on Friday.
The scrimmage was divided into four 20-minute periods. Two teams played defense, alternating after four plays, while the other two teams played offense, alternating on every play.
For the most part it was a night for the offenses, with Shawnee quarterback John Jacobs completing 11-of-15 passes on the night, while Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa was 8-of-13. Jacobs also had a 65-yard touchdown run.
“I thought we did well,” Shawnee head coach Billy Brown said. “I’m sure we have a lot to correct, but it was a good scrimmage.”
Offensively, the Wolves threw the ball plenty Friday night. That was by design, as Brown and his staff wanted to work some of the kinks out with a largely brand-new receiving corps.
“I think everybody caught at least one ball. We threw it quite a bit just to get our timing down. Other than a couple of errant throws and a couple of drops, everything was really smooth.”
The Wolves’ defense also got high marks, holding strong against the run and intercepting one pass on the night.
“Our big question mark is our defense,” Brown said. “At this point, I was proud of what I saw. Our defense played really well.
“We’ve got some guys we need to evaluate and see where we go from here.”
The Tecumseh Savages were by far the smallest school at Friday’s scrimmage, a 4A squad going up against two 6A schools and one of the largest in 5A. Savages head coach Jason Murray was happy with what he saw from his team.
“We made a lot of mistakes, but they’re mistakes we can correct. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but I like their effort and I like where they’re at.”
The Savages’ two-man battle at the quarterback spot continued at the scrimmage, with both Gus Hull and Garrett Trammell making plays. Tecumseh’s running game, especially with junior Jordan Brown carrying the ball, was also a strong point.
“We made some plays on offense,” Murray said. “They [Hull and Trammell] both made good plays. It’s nice to have competition in some places.”
The Savages made plays on defense early on, but, with many players going both ways, wore down during the final two periods of the night, leading to a few long pass plays.
“A lot of that’s getting tired, but a lot of that was mental errors,” Murray said.