Pioneers Wrap Up Preseason With Second Scrimmage
Friday marked the end of Stillwater's preseason. On Sept. 4, the Pioneers will be in Edmond to open the season at Deer Creek.
Friday, though, they were at the Top of the World Classic in Norman where they faced Deer Creek, Norman, Duncan, Shawnee
and Choctaw, who is one of the Pioneers' district opponents.
Jaden McCune, one of the two that coach Tucker Barnard said was battling for the starting quarterback spot next week, played
most of the snaps Friday.
"He's been doing a good job," Barnard said. "Garrett [Leming] has too. We got into the game situation at the end, there, and
there were guys on both sides of the ball that probably saw more playing time than normal."
Barnard said tonight "may be or may not be" indicative of who will start at Deer Creek on Sept. 4.
"We'll evaluate the scrimmage tonight," Barnard said. "…nothing really changed our minds…it's a work in progress."
The Pioneer secondary made a few key pass break-ups after a controversial pass interference call late in the second live quarter
against Shawnee set up first-and-10 from inside the Stillwater 20 to keep the Wolves from scoring, securing a 7-6 win in live
action. "We need the win."
During scrimmage action before the live quarter, McCune threw a pass from the 40 to Matt Little, which Little had to stop in order
to make the catch at the 5-yard line and carry it in.
Wednesday, co-offensive coordinator Trent Worley said there is no set date to announce a starting quarterback.
Barnard also commended Tyler Disidore's play in the secondary.
"I couldn't tell you how many plays he made," Barnard said. "But as far as being in the right place and getting the job done, it's
pretty exciting to see a young guy do that."
The running back position was just as Barnard said after their first scrimmage - by committee - in their final scrimmage. However,
there were a few direct snaps to running backs during the scrimmage portion of Friday.
Not so much during the live quarter against Shawnee.
As for Stillwater's first true opponent, Barnard took note of Deer Creek's defense.
"They looked like, defensively, they weren't giving up a lot," Barnard said. "It'll be a good test for us."
"Moving in the right direction is important for us right now."
8-29-15 by Kurtis Quillin