McALESTER — The McAlester Buffaloes’ quest for a state championship begins one week from today. As their final tune-up before the regular season, the Buffs head to Norman tonight for the Top of the World Scrimmage.
“We know this is another chance for us to get better and go against some good competition,” Buffs head coach Bryan Pratt said Wednesday.
“It’ll be a good, physical time for us, and we have to come out healthy.”
The varsity portion of the scrimmage starts at 7:10 p.m. and features two sections. In the first section, two teams will face each other in a “Drive-to-Score” series while the other six play a “Quick Fire” series, with two new teams rotating to “Drive-to-Score” every 12 minutes.
Each team starts from the 40-yard-line in “Drive-to-Score,” and it if it can’t pick up a first down in its first three plays, the drive ends and the opposing team takes over on offense. If the team can get to within the 20, it can kick a field goal on fourth down, and if can get to the 5, it can kick a field goal or try for the end zone.
In each “Quick Fire” rotation, teams will play three downs in a row on defense, going against a different offense on each down. Teams will play only offense or defense depending on the rotation, spending two rotations on each.
Once all four 12-minute “Drive-to-Score” rotations end, a fifth rotation will take place in which all eight teams participate in “Quick Fire.” A “Drive-to-Score” team series will then take place in which each team gets one drive on offense and one on defense, going against three different teams in each of two rotations.
In the team series, teams will be able to kick a field goal or try for a first on fourth down anywhere on the field. Teams will also run extra-point attempts after touchdowns.