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Oklahoma high school football: Meet Reed Holland, Community Christian's secret weapon

With its spread offense, Community Christian has been known for wanting to throw the ball around the field. 

But coach Mat McIntosh said what makes the Royals offense so good is their ability to take what the defense gives them. 

It was the key for Community Christian as throwing the ball wasn’t going as planned against Crossings Christian in Friday's season opener. 

“Crossings was prepared and had a good game plan for our passing game and for our quarterback,” McIntosh said. “But because of that, we kind of had a secret weapon on our side.” 

The secret weapon was 5-foot-9, 200-pound senior running back Reed Holland. In his first game back in nearly two years, Holland carried the ball 18 times for 252 yards and two touchdowns. 

McIntosh said Holland was clearly the standout player as Community Christian topped Crossings Christian 35-20 at home. 

“He had a great breakout game for sure,” McIntosh said. “He looked like a better runner of his old self.”

Holland suffered a shoulder injury during his sophomore year that sidelined him for his junior season. But he made his way back to the field for his senior year and did not disappoint in his outing. 

“Over the offseason, he decided to come back out and we were really excited to have him,” McIntosh said. “And his performance last night is why.”

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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