Pratt said the Comets run a lot of offensive plays out their spread and empty sets. Though traditionally more of a run-based team, Pratt said, the 2013 Comets’ offense has looked more varied and multi-faceted, and the Buffs’ defensive backs will likely see as much action as their linebackers and linemen.
“You have to stop the run and the pass,” Pratt said. “Their quarterback has been hurt for about the last five weeks, but the kid who’s come in and played quarterback is very, very productive.”
Kelley’s defense, meanwhile, looks a lot like the run-stopping defense of last year. With 136 points allowed in seven games, Bishop Kelley’s defense ranks second in the district.
The Comets have routinely kept eight in the box this season, Pratt said, and unless the Buffs want their running backs to take a beating, they’ll need to find a way to move the ball in the air. With 343 total points this season, McAlester’s offense ranks second in 5A, just three points behind top-ranked Guthrie.
“We’ve had some luck in the past on them,” Pratt said. “We’ll be able to try to run it and throw it when we can. But that’s what we feel like we’ll get, what we call a ‘bear’ look, and they’ll be bringing guys off the edge like they did last year.”
The Buffs will be without starting quarterback Dalton Wood for the third consecutive game. Pratt said Wood tried to return to practice earlier this week, but it became clear Tuesday that Wood still needed more time.
Instead, the Buffs will go with Caden Pratt at quarterback. Pratt has looked more confident throwing the ball this year, throwing six touchdown passes in three games.
Four of Caden’s touchdown passes have been for 30 or more yards, and two have been for 60 or more.