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Oklahoma high school football: Highlights, things we learned from first night of scrimmages

Washington's Emitt Wilk rushes during a high school scrimmage with Washington, Piedmont, and Tuttle at Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Washington's Emitt Wilk rushes during a high school scrimmage with Washington, Piedmont, and Tuttle at Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman


High school stadium lights kicked on for the first time Thursday night across the state as teams participated in their first scrimmages of the year.

For many, it was their first live action against another opponent since last season because there was no spring ball or camps. 

The Oklahoman's Cameron Jourdan and Nick Sardis were at scrimmages on Thursday night. Here are some highlights and things we learned.

Sloppy football incoming

With there being no spring football and many teams beginning next week, there's going to be some sloppy football, especially in the early part of the season. It doesn't matter whether a team brings back plenty of experience or is replacing numerous starters, it's going to take teams some time to gel.

Postgame elbow bump

The postgame handshakes may be done. On top of different coin toss rules and social distancing on the sidelines, opponents won't be shaking hands following games. Elbow bumps were a theme of choice after Deer Creek and Edmond Memorial finished scrimmaging. 

‘No hard feelings’
Tuttle’s scrimmage was rowdy. The Tigers, Piedmont and Washington competed with a lot of energy, and several plays continued after the whistle. Although there was some trash talk, it never seemed completely out of hand. “I think it’s because kids have been cooped up for six months,” Tuttle coach Brad Ballard said. “I think they’re ready to get out there and play and compete. … It’s part of it. No hard feelings.”  

Piedmont’s quarterback race still tight
Piedmont’s battle for the starting quarterback position remains competitive. Seniors Bo Phelps and Joey Mars were a couple of players who led the Wildcats’ flexbone offense Thursday. Coach Jeff Hall said the starting spot is still up in the air. “I couldn’t call it right now,” he said.

Sexton is 'the real deal'

Jacob Sexton is as good as advertised. The junior offensive lineman at Deer Creek looked the part of one of the top recruits in the 2022 class on Thursday night. He was strong in both run and pass blocking and collected a few pancakes, as well. It's easy to see why programs like Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, OU, Penn State and numerous others have offered him scholarships. 

Woodson, Conner emerge for Tuttle
Tyler Woodson and CJ Conner had standout performances for Tuttle. Woodson, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound sophomore, provided fireworks in the running game. Conner, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior, was all over the field and made big plays at linebacker.

Bruner could be budding star for Edmond Memorial

Edmond Memorial may have an up-and-coming wide receiver. Sophomore Tyrrell Bruner had an excellent scrimmage against Deer Creek. He caught big passes in both the rapid fire portion and the half game. He's smaller in stature at 5-foot-6, but he has excellent hands and great speed. If he's able to replicate his results from Thursday night throughout the season, Bruner could be in for a big year.

Washington hangs with larger schools
Washington rose to the challenge and was competitive against larger programs that have had recent success. Washington, which competes in Class 2A, struggled to get the ball into the hands of its key playmakers, including junior wide receiver Kobe Scott, but played solid defense against Class 4A Tuttle and Class 5A Piedmont, programs that both advanced to last year's state semifinals. “For a team that lost a huge senior class last year, it’s a huge confidence booster,” Washington coach Brad Beller said.  

Related Photos
Washington's Emitt Wilk rushes during a high school scrimmage with Washington, Piedmont, and Tuttle at Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Washington's Emitt Wilk rushes during a high school scrimmage with Washington, Piedmont, and Tuttle at Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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