McALESTER — The Bishop Kelley Comets ran a bubble pass in the third quarter of Friday’s home game against the McAlester Buffaloes. The ball went to Kelley’s running back in the backfield, and for a moment he had nothing but open space around him.
Seemingly out of nowhere, McAlester senior safety Allen Woodmore came charging in from the secondary. Woodmore met the Comet running back head on and tackled him immediately, turning what could’ve been a big gain into a 5-yard loss.
The Comets punted two plays later. Plays like that made Woodmore an easy choice as one of the Buffs’ captains this season.
“We spent a 20-minute period working on adjusting to the motions, and he does exactly like you coach him to do,” Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said of Woodmore on Fridat.
“That’s just typical Allen Woodmore. If you watch him tackle, he’s just a great tackler, and as long he continues like he is, he’s going to make us a really good team.”
Woodmore grew up in McAlester watching the Buffs on Friday nights. He started playing football in the fourth grade and stuck with it all the way to high school, making the varsity as a freshman special teams player in 2010.
Woodmore said he got into his first game at home against Collinsville that year. A member of the Buffs’ “hands” team, he went in to catch a potential onside kick, but none came.
Woodmore continues to play on McAlester’s special teams unit, including the “hands” team, enjoying downing punts inside the opposing 5 yard line. He’s also played some offensive downs as a wide receiver, and while he said learning the receiving routes came easily, learning motion calls came with more difficulty.
But despite success on offense and special teams, Woodmore still sees himself first and foremost as a free safety. He said one of his favorite memory as a member of the Buffs came during McAlester’s 2011 Homecoming game against Tulsa Memorial, when he intercepted two passes and recorded a safety.