Day 2 Of Camp Sees Improvement For Pioneers
Day 2 of the camp in Mustang kicked off with a bang for the Pioneers as it tried
to get on track faster than it did in Day 1.
The offense looked sharp, and at times explosive, as it got things started with a
touchdown on its first play with a bruising run by Cameron Mayberry. Braxton
Noble was able to find both Brandon Prather and Marlon McDonald III through the
air consistently all day. The offensive line was able to open holes for the bruising
Mayberry and the small and quick Quan Malveaux. Offensive coordinator Paul Hix
liked what he saw on the field.
"We were a lot more efficient today," Hix said. "We completed a lot more balls
and had a lot more yards with our rushing plays. I thought we were really really
The Pioneers defense had some ground to make up. The defense did not impress
in Day 1 with players suffering from confusion and a general lack of fire. Today
the coaches drove the defense all day to make sure the players played with
some intensity. Co-Defensive coordinator Jeremy Hughes said the coaches made
it an effort to not let the defense get away with not playing hard.
"We did push-ups between sessions, we had goals for every time we went out for
turnovers and knockdowns and if we didn't achieve them they would do
push-ups," Hughes said.
The defense did respond and played with much more fire and emotion with the
sound of popping pads and a general sense that the players were not just going
through the motions. It took a little time for the defense to get going in the day
but, with the coaches driving them there, it took them to the place where great
defense is played.
The day concluded with a 20 minute scrimmage with Bishop McGuinness. The
Pioneers scored on its first drive with a touchdown to Prather but then after that
the offense stalled. Some overthrown passes and dropped balls derailed drives
the offense could not overcome.
"I was a little disappointed in the team scrimmage part," Hix said. "I felt like we
left a lot on the table. We missed about three throws that could have made it a
very lopsided session."
The defense was at its peak in the scrimmage. Bishop McGuinness moved the
ball but never scored as the Pioneers defense held it out of the end zone for the
whole 20 minutes. The passion and fire was at an all-time high during the
scrimmage with the big play coming from Mayberry, playing linebacker, who hit
the running back as he was receiving the handoff and caused a fumble.
The Pioneers are hoping that it can build on a successful Day 2 with the final day
in Mustang and the camp in Stillwater next week so it can end the spring on a
5-30-13 by Jordan Neal