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Coming off its best performance of the season by far, last week, the Guymon High School varsity football team will get a taste of reality Friday night when 8th-ranked Deer Creek-Edmond comes-a-calling to Carl & Lou McKinnon Field at Memorial Stadium.
But if Guymon (0-5 overall, 0-2 District 5A-2) eliminates turnovers, head coach Mike Taylor said the Tigers match up well with the Antlers (3-2, 1-1) size-wise.
The Guymon defense will have to deal with Deer Creekâ€™s speed.
â€śThey run the spread, their running back (No. 11, Caden Sander) is ungodly fast, weâ€™ve got to hem him in,â€ť Taylor said. â€śThe quarterback (No. 12 Noah McGraw), we canâ€™t let him run, heâ€™s a good runner, an all-around good athlete.â€ť
While the lines match up well in size (theyâ€™re not as big as Guthrie), theyâ€™re also fast. But Guymon has good team speed, â€śIf we can ever get past the first level, thatâ€™s the thing,â€ť Taylor said.
The Tigers committed seven turnovers in the JV loss to Clayton on Monday â€” most of those guys see significant playing tim on varsity.
Austin Hein is out with an ACL-type injury, and Matthew Mallard is out for the season. He underwent elbow surgery last week.
â€śWe need to start conditioning our bodies to some of these hits,â€ť Taylor said.
Speaking of conditioning, Taylor said many of the players are taking time to run on weekends â€” on their own time.
â€śI keep preaching, you canâ€™t just step on a football field and say youâ€™re a football player,â€ť Taylor said. â€śIf your son or daughter is an athlete, thereâ€™s more to it. You have to workout, you have to stay in shape.â€ť
Last week, the Antlers broke a 2-game losing streak with a 70-0 win over El Reno.
â€śDeer Creek is coming to town, if we show up like we showed up against Northwest Classen, it will be a good game.â€ť
No. 13 Oklahoma Bible (3-2, 2-0) @ No. 12 Texhoma (2-3, 2-0)
The Red Devils will face their first real district test of the season when Trojans roll into Wheatbowl Stadium.
Texhoma is led by quarterback Jacob Test, who accounted for four touchdowns and a field goal in last weekâ€™s 45-21 win at Mooreland. Will Gaillard, Ramy Anderson, Tyler Ferguson and Nathan Knitig are the main offensive and defensive threats for Texhoma.
The Trojans have won two straight, including a 26-14 win over Beaver last Saturday.
Fairview (2-3, 1-1) @ Hooker (1-3, 1-1)
The Bulldogs get to play at home against the Yellowjackets, who are coming off a 47-0 win over Turpin last week.
After a solid district win over Turpin two weeks ago, Hooker struggled in a 33-7 loss to No. 6 Okeene last week.
In other action:
â€˘Buffalo (0-5) @ Goodwell (0-5) on Saturday. Both teams will look to get in the win column in this District C-1 battle; Shattuck (4-1) @ No. 5 Balko (5-0) in a big District C-1 game between the Bison and a resurgent Shattuck program that is looking to gain relevance again; Mooreland (3-2) @ Beaver (1-4); No. 6 Okeene (4-1) @ Turpin (0-5).View more articles in: