The Buffs sacked Comets quarterbacks Spenser Lewis and Ryan Martin four times, Riley Smith and Drew Amos each recovered a fumble and Bumphus intercepted a pass. The Buffs’ defense played especially well on the first down of Kelley’s drives, allowing on average just 1.5 yards in that situation.
“It’s always a challenge to go win in the trenches,” said Buffs defensive lineman Josh Peckio, who had one of the team’s sacks.
“We were well-coached this week. Watching film, where the running back was, they normally ran just one or two plays out of it. ... Just knowing the play that they normally run on first down is crucial.”
Of the Comets’ 156 total yards, 42 came on one drive against the Buffs’ JV players. The Comets, who didn’t look ready to play at the start of the game and looked more and more unfocused as the game went on, managed just a 32-yard field goal by Josiah Siddiki against McAlester’s varsity, then Martin rushed 5 yards to give the Comets their only touchdown with 1:46 left in the game.
“We have a lot of parts, (but) we’re just not hitting on any cylinders,” Comets coach JJ Tappana said.
“This has a lot less to do with us and a lot more to do with McAlester being really good. ... You have to score a lot of points to beat these guys.”
With the loss, Bishop Kelley fell to 5-3 overall, 3-2 in the district. Kelley plays Memorial on Friday.
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