STILLWATER, Okla. —
Braxton Noble knows a thing or two about pressure. He faces it every time he takes a snap as the new quarterback for the Stillwater High School football team.
Friday, Noble faced a different kind of pressure — this one coming from Broken Arrow’s defense in the Pioneers’ first scrimmage of the season.
“It was challenging,” Noble said. “I wouldn’t by no means say I played well in my book. I made a lot of mistakes. I had a couple good plays, but really you have to give the credit to the offensive line, the wide receivers and the coaches. The coaches called the right plays at the right times, the receivers made the plays and the line gave me great blocking.”
Noble may not have thought he played his best, but Stillwater’s offensive coordinator Paul Hix was impressed by the sophomore’s play.
“He really didn’t make very many mistakes,” Hix said. “He really stood in the pocket. The game didn’t seem to be too fast for him. I was really concerned about the speed of the game overall, having been a sophomore, but particularly (Broken Arrow’s) speed. I thought he stood in the pocket and went through his progressions and did a really good job.”
Facing a defense that is expected to lead Broken Arrow back to the Class 6A state championship game, Noble’s calm and collected nature helped Stillwater put together a couple of impressive drives.
It also helped him effectively clinch the role of replacing Jerame Littell as the starting quarterback when the Pioneers take the field in the season opener against McAlester in two weeks.
“I think he’s pretty much sealed it,” Barnard said. “He’s shown a lot of command of the offense. That’s not a knock on Taggart (Brown). Right now, Braxton just shows more understanding of our offense and the way we like to run things.”