“This is our first year with a full coaching staff, and we feel like the kids are responding well to what we’re doing,” Whitley said.
Weber said don’t expect the inexperienced Saint Bernards to roll over and play dead.
“Sometimes when you think you’re better than a team, coaches are unrealistic. We feel like we should score every time we have the ball, and they should never gain a yard on us and that’s just not realistic. Other teams are going to have good players too and they’re going to make some plays,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a team where you’re going to just roll your helmet out there and get a win. We’re going to have to show up and play.”
Santa Fe South’s roster is 33 players long and includes 18 freshmen and sophomores. There are four seniors, including lineman Eddie Hogan. Weber said he has been impressed with the SFS defensive line.
“Their kids are really playing hard. They try to bring a lot of pressure on defense. Their four defensive linemen are really up field type players. They try to gain yardage in your backfield,” Weber said.
Santa Fe’s best player is do-it-all junior quarterback Darrel Lovelace.
“Offensively, I’m really impressed with their quarterback. He’s not very big but he’s one of those guys that when the play breaks down, he’s really good. He runs really well and he looks to run with it,” Weber said.
Another returner from Santa Fe South Cougar faithful may recall is senior defender Damon Paez, who returned a fumble 69 yards for a touchdown against Ada in 2012.
Quick Work at Tecumseh
Tecumseh kicked the ball to Ada just a few minutes past 7:30 last Friday night and both teams were headed to the locker room at 8:15 p.m. after what had to be one of the shortest first two quarters in the history of Oklahoma high school football. There were no penalties during the first half. Ada had the ball just twice and scored on both possessions. Tecumseh had three time-consuming first-half drives than ended in a field goal, a turnover on downs and a missed field goal.