McALESTER — Between now and the first game of McAlester’s 2014 football season, the Buffaloes will go through team camps and skill camps. There’ll be Summer Pride and scrimmages, days spent on the field and days spent in the weight room.
There’ll be hours of practice, hundreds of snaps and just as many hits.
But however the 2014 Buffs perform during the season, their journey kicked off Friday with the Black and Gold Scrimmage at Hook Eales Stadium.
“It’s baby steps right now,” Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said.
“I feel really confident about our staff, about our kids. I think we’ll work hard and get better each day, and by the time the (games) matter, we’ll be ready, I promise.”
The scrimmage consisted of a 20-minute session in which the black- and white-jerseyed teams took turns starting 40 yards from the end zone. Each team had three downs to get a first down, otherwise the ball went to the other team.
While expected starting quarterback Dalton Wood couldn’t get the white team into the end zone on the team’s first possession, he needed just one down to do so on its second. Receiver Tucker Curry beat his defender running diagonally towards the middle of the field, and Wood’s pass hit Curry squarely in the chest for an easy touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
Following a three-and-out by the black team, Wood connected with Curry again, this time on a screen pass. Curry dodged one tackle at the line of scrimmage, then took off down the left sideline for his second touchdown pass of the day.
Curry almost had a third touchdown on the white team’s next possession, but Wood’s pass sailed just beyond Curry’s outstretched arms. Wood finished the game 2-for-3 for 80 passing yards and two touchdown passes in the air, but he also took two sacks that helped lower his rushing total to just 5 yards.