Stillwater High didn’t do a lot of scouting for tonight’s match-up with Bentonville, Ark.

They are more concerned with next week’s 2007 season opener with Owasso at Hamilton Field.

“It’s more about playing against somebody else and working on what we do as a team,” said SHS coach Rusty Atkins, whose club plays in the 7:30 p.m. portion of the six-team scrimmage known as the Coca-Cola Classic at Union.

Added junior linebacker Kendall Hughes, “It’s a chance to get out and play against another team. We are getting ready for Owasso, and this is a chance to see where we are with a week to go.”

A year ago, Atkins’ first Pioneer squad played Muskogee in the annual Thursday night affair. It was the final warm-up to an 8-3 campaign that ended in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

“I’m excited about it,” said SHS senior Justin Ebert after last week’s scrimmage against Sand Springs at Hamilton Field. “It really doesn’t matter who you play in this thing, all the teams there are usually pretty good.”

Offensive coordinator Craig Church isn’t going to hit the back pages of the Pioneer playbook. He’s more concerned with the coming back from Tulsa with all the starters injury-free.

“We’re certainly not going to show a bunch on offense,” Church said. “We are more concerned with Owasso, a team that beat us twice last year. It’s a chance to really look at some players, and more than anything, line up against somebody else.”

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