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Oklahoma high school football: A young Crescent team did everything it could to exceed expectations in season-opener

With freshmen making up nearly half of the team, Crescent Coach J.L. Fisher knows the Tigers are young and inexperienced. 

It’s why he was so happy with last week’s 13-7 win over Hennessey in Crescent’s season-opener.

"They made a lot of mistakes but it's nothing we can't fix so we were happy with that," Fisher said.

The game plan for Crescent was to “get the ball game to the fourth quarter” and then find a way to pull away as it introduced many of its players to the “shock” of playing high school varsity football. The Tigers executed on all levels and impressed their coach with their mentality and hustle in the process. 

“They did a lot better last night than we had anticipated,” Fisher said on Saturday. “Just that first quarter being able to play with the team and not get blown out early, especially when it’s the first time some of the kids have played, was just really good for us.”

They’ll look to carry what they learned about themselves into Crescent’s battle on Friday with North Rock Creek (0-1) who is also facing inexperience, playing in its inaugural season of football. 

The inexperience for both teams will play a factor but Crescent will have an advantage as they field senior quarterback, Hunter Wilmoth. In last week’s game, Wilmoth was the leading rusher, passer and receiver for Crescent. 

“We moved him around a little bit to running back to quarterback, we’ll put him at receiver some too,” Fisher said. “He’s kind of that guy that can do just about anything.”




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Crescent's Hunter Wilmoth gets by Cashion's Kyle Jones during the high school football game between Cashion and Crescent at Cashion High School in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Crescent's Hunter Wilmoth gets by Cashion's Kyle Jones during the high school football game between Cashion and Crescent at Cashion High School in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-916c54cb2b4355cf3fa2d1a625ddc445.jpg" alt="Photo - Crescent's Hunter Wilmoth gets by Cashion's Kyle Jones during the high school football game between Cashion and Crescent at Cashion High School in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Crescent's Hunter Wilmoth gets by Cashion's Kyle Jones during the high school football game between Cashion and Crescent at Cashion High School in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Crescent's Hunter Wilmoth gets by Cashion's Kyle Jones during the high school football game between Cashion and Crescent at Cashion High School in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure>
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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