The Rangers’ offense, meanwhile, starts with senior Jonathan Beasley.
“He’s their money man,” Pratt said of Beasley. “He’s a guy that they get the ball to all the time. He’s their running back, he’s played a little quarterback, he’s played some inside receiver, but he can actually play.”
Senior Kejuan Clark is another Ranger to watch for Friday. A wide receiver and defensive back, Clark has already recorded six receiving touchdowns, according to Peters.
“His best attribute is his jumping ability,” Peters said of Clark. “He intercepted one against (Bishop) Kelley and returned it 50 yards.”
Though the Rangers have two talented receivers, quarterback Sam Palmer has struggled with accuracy. Peters said Palmer, a senior but first-year varsity QB, is currently completing just 30 percent of his passes.
“You have to believe you can win,” Peters said. “We’d have to play a perfect game, and we haven’t played a perfect game.”
Without a solid passing game, the Rangers have tried option runs, allowing one running back to carry the ball and lateral to another right before getting tackled. Pratt said he wants his defense to remain gap-sound and focused.
“They might be spread one time, and then they might be in the flex-bone (formation) the next,” Pratt said. “It’s just something that our kids are going to have use their rules, be able to adjust to formations, line up and play football.”
The Buffs have spent the past week practicing with Caden Pratt as quarterback. Though Coach Pratt said Caden should throw more Friday than he did against Shawnee, he’s a different type of quarterback than injured starter Dalton Wood, requiring some adjustment back to the offense the Buffs used with Caden last year.
“It kind of takes it back to ‘old school,’” Coach Pratt said. “Our kids adjust to it fine, and we’ll be fine. It gives Dalton a good chance to rest and get healed up and get ready for the run.”