Caddo looks to halt a two-game losing streak tonight when the Bruins travel to Ryan for a 7:30 pm kickoff.
The past two weeks have been frustrating to say the least for the 1-2 Bruins. Successive losses to Wetumka, 58-44, and Thackerville, 54-40, have Caddo coaches looking for ways to shore up the defensive side of the ball.
Scoring hasn’t been an issue for Caddo, which has averaged 45 points a game this season. Turnovers and mistakes doomed Caddo versus Wetumka. Last week against the Wildcats it was a matter of not making enough defensive stops.
“We have been scoring a lot of points,” said Bruin head coach Jeremy Proctor. “We’ve been trying to tell our guys to match their offensive effort on the defensive side of the ball. If we do that. We will see a lot more wins.”
Caddo had four starters out of the lineup versus Thackerville. However, expected back to anchor the line this week will be junior Matthew Jenkins, 6-2,240. Jenkins starts at offensive guard and defensive end and will be a focal point of the Bruin’s effort to limit a potent Ryan running attack.
“They line up in a double tight, almost a wishbone,” said Proctor of the Wildcats ground-oriented attack. “They run the outside veer at you and spread you out and run some jet motion. They don’t throw the ball too well. Having Jenkins back on the line solidifies that for us a little bit.”
The Cowboys, 1-2, feature several capable ball carriers including Skyler Parkhill, a 5-10, 160, sophomore who was huge in the team’s 56-8 thumping of Temple. Parkhill ran 11 times for 182 yards and recorded touchdown runs of three, 31, and 92 yards. Only 20 of the Cowboy’s 482 offensive yards rolled up on Temple came from the passing game. Parkhill also scored Ryan’s only touchdown with a 70-yard kickoff return last week in a 54-6 loss to Class B second-ranked Grandfield.
Another back, senior Robert Lewis, 5-9, 160, rushed for 83 yards on 15 carries with four touchdowns in a narrow 38-34 loss to Thackerville to open the season. The Cowboys had that game slip away in the fourth quarter when the Wildcats scored a late touchdown.
“We’re still working hard and we’ve got two left games before district,” Proctor said. “You’ve got a guy in the back field (Daniel Hawkins) that averages 9, 10, 12 yards a carry. We’ve got to start playing some football and stopping some people. If we do that things will fall into place.”
* Hawkins was limited to 54-yards rushing on 14 carries and one score in the loss at Thackerville. He has rushed for 427 yards and six touchdowns this season.
* Colton Ledford turned in big numbers versus the Wildcats. The senior signal caller connected on 14-22 passes for a whopping 307 yards and four touchdowns. Hawkins caught seven of his balls for 210 yards. Three of those went for touchdowns covering 12, 57 and 60 yards. Justin Hopper added a 37-yard touchdown reception.
* Ethan Friedman and Clayton Holbrook converted on a pair of two-point conversions at Thackerville.
* Seth Kelly, a sophomore, stepped in at linebacker and nose guard and registered six solo and four assisted tackles versus the Wildcats. Daniel Stone recorded two sacks with Hawkins adding one sack and forcing a fumble against the Wildcats.
Jim Reagan is Sports Director at KLBC/KSEO Radio in Durant
WR 7 Justin Hopper
OL 55 Zach Glover
C 60 Michael Usrey
OL 50 Waylon Stanley
QB 12 Colton Ledford
FB 22 Daniel Stone
RB 10 Daniel Hawkins
RB 8 Steven Crawford
DE 71 Matthew Jenkins
NG 60 Michael Usrey
DL 50 Waylon Stanley
DE 36 Ethan Friedman
LB 10 Daniel Hawkins
LB 20 Clayton Holbrook
LB 22 Daniel Stone
FS 12 Colton Ledford