The McLoud Redskins (2-1) will travel a few miles south to Tecumseh (1-1) and face the Savages this evening. Both teams are coming off losses, as McLoud lost 49-21 to Perkins-Tryon and Tecumseh fell to Seminole 42-8.
For the Redskins, this week was a good week of practice, coach Rusty Hall said.
“We've had a lot of good film sessions and gone through a lot of technique drills,” he said. “The guys have gone hard and I'm pleased with their effort this week.”
On the other side of the ball, Tecumseh is ready for the challenge of facing McLoud.
“McLoud is very well coached and very physical on the offensive and defensive line,” coach Ty Bullock said. “Their quarterback is a great athlete who has a strong arm. We have to take care of the football and play physical for 48 minutes. We've had a great week of practice and are excited about the matchup.”
Two weeks ago McLoud topped Oklahoma Centennial 36-14. In their season opener they went to Harrah and won 27-16.
Tecumseh's season opener was a success as they beat Bethel 55-14.
In the Savages' first game of the season, quarterback Brayden James led the team with 246 yards on 14 carries. The team rushed for 106 yards the following week against Seminole.
McLoud is led by quarterback Braxton Hall who has thrown for 542 yards and 7 touchdowns. Damien Dye leads the redskins with 252 yards and two touchdowns. Dye also has two receiving touchdowns on the season.
The Redskins have two receivers making significant contributions. Zach Green was the leading receiver the first two weeks but was without a reception in the week three loss. On the season Green has 150 yards and two scores. Last week, sophomore Coye Campbell had four receptions for 43 yards.
“Last week Coye hyperextended his knee in practice so he was a little gimpy in the game,” Hall said. “He was catching some stop routes and you could tell he was not at 100 percent. This week I can expect his role to increase.”
McLoud expects starting linebacker, Jaden Mitchell, is expected to return this week after breaking a bone in his hand.
“I think Jaden will help our morale a ton,” Hall said. “He's our best linebacker no doubt, but the leadership he brings will help our defense. He makes us better.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 in Tecumseh