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October 17, 2013

Know Your Foe: Buffs host Lions in rare Thursday game

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Though Durant has had no problem racking up offensive yards, they’ve been unable to stop any team but Ardmore, Durant’s Week 2 opponent. Its defense ranks sixth in district 5A-3 with 203 points allowed, and its offense also ranks sixth with 167 points scored.

“Our defense is going to have play well in the passing game, and we’ve done that so far with 15 picks this year through six games,” Pratt said. “We’re hoping that continues, and we’re definitely going to get some opportunities.”

McAlester’s offense, meanwhile, continues to dominate, its 284 total points leading 5A-3 and ranking second statewide in class 5A behind Guthrie. The Buffs, 3-0 in the district, will be without starting quarterback Dalton Wood again, but Pratt said they plan to add more complexity to the passing game backup quarterback Caden Pratt brought to Friday’s win against Hale.

“Defensively, they give us some options that maybe we didn’t have against Hale,” Coach Pratt said. “We have to be able to throw the football a little bit and try to get it down field a little bit more. Obviously we’re going to run it, everybody knows it, but we also have to be able to throw the football.”

Athletic trainer Mike Baker said Wood’s sprained right ankle has responded well to treatment, but Wood is still wearing a boot and hasn’t been able to resume football activities. Baker said the team would re-evaluate early next week to see if Wood can play in McAlester’s Oct. 25 game at Bishop Kelley.

Until then, the Buffs will continue with Caden Pratt at quarterback. Running back Jarome Smith is sure to get plenty of carries as well, and look for the Buffs to continue running Rhyln Stephens and starting nose guard Riley Smith in certain situations.

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