By Andrew Glover
CARNEY, Okla. —
he Carney Bulldogs football team’s season has ended before it started. The Bulldogs suffered two injuries in their first scrimmage and have canceled their 2013 football season.
“It’s just the way it goes,” Carney coach David Treadwell said. “We are a small school and sometimes it’s difficult to field a team.”
Carney only had nine players come out and the injuries reduced them to seven — which is one less needed to play eight-man football. A senior and freshman were injured with one of them breaking his collarbone. Treadwell said it was tough for the remaining players to learn the season was canceled.
“Obviously there was some disappointment,” Treadwell said. “They were understanding that we don’t have enough players to play.”
The Bulldogs were supposed to host Agra on Friday to open the season. Treadwell said he is unsure about the future of the program.
“We may reevaluate it and we may not,” Treadwell said.
Carney’s coach was in his first season and didn’t comment about his future at Carney. Athletic director Kendra Barnes said they have not decided on Treadwell’s future beyond this year but added Treadwell is still on staff as a teacher.
Agra coach Enoch Jackson said he’s disappointed his team won’t be playing in Week 1 but will use the practice week to fine-tune certain areas.
“I would rather have the game time,” Jackson said. “I would want my guys to get experience in playing in tough situations and through adversity. It’s kind of a disadvantage for us. We have an extra week to work on special teams which is something we haven’t gotten into.”
The Bearcats scrimmaged Covington-Douglas on Aug. 23 and Waukomis Friday. Jackson said he was pleased with how his team ran the ball.
“Once we got winded, we dug deeper and kept pushing forward,” Jackson said.
Jackson said he hopes his team can shore up its option defense but thinks more experience will help.
“Our cornerbacks are young and we got someone playing safety for the first time,” Jackson said. “We just weren’t attacking the pitch man.”
For most teams in the area just making it through the scrimmage was a highlight. Yale coach Craig Ellis said both sides of the ball did well in their scrimmages against Pioneer and Chouteau-Maize.
“We switched quarterbacks and put J.R. Wakely in and moved Konner Fowler to tight end,” Ellis said. “Wakely was effecient making plays and Konner made plays at tight end. We did a good job moving the ball.”
The Yale Bulldogs host Hulbert on Friday. Ellis said there are a couple of running plays his team needs to improve defending.
“We were over running the ball carrier,” Ellis said. “That’s something we did last year against Hulbert. We have to improve that.”
For the Coyle Bluejackets, coach Shane Weathers said it’s still a learning process.
“Our linemen are starting to get experience and it’s a work in progress,” Weathers said. “Our skill players did well. We need to do better at hanging on to the ball.”
Pawnee coach Marlon Houston said he’s pleased with how his team performed in its scrimmages. The Black Bears scrimmaged Sperry on Aug. 23 and Pawhuska on Friday. Houston said the offense did some things well but needed to limit turnovers.
“We didn’t score and turned the ball over five times,” Houston said. “We know what we wanted to do on offense and what to improve on.”
Against Pawhuska, Houston said his team improved a lot and is optimistic entering Friday’s opener against Morrison.
“We scored five times,” Houston said. “We improved on turnovers. The defense didn’t allow a touchdown. We are headed in the right direction.”
Perkins-Tryon coach Lloyd Wertman said his team had solid outings in scrimmages against Perry and Hennessey.
“Our offense and defense production was good,” Wertman said. “We are playing a lot of young men. ... We are moving to the ball well on defense. Our linemen are getting off blocks and are running backs are reading the line well.”