Due to Fall Break, Purcell will join a bevy of Oklahoma High Schools to play on Thursday night.
The game at CCS kicks off at 7 p.m.
Head coach Tracy Scott said he doesn’t think the Royals are as good as they were last year when they pinned a 38-17 loss on the Dragons.
“But they have Bai Jobe, kid who will play next year for the Michigan State Spartans. “He’s a really good player who will play receiver on offense and defensive end on the other side of the ball.
“We’ll have to account for him on both sides of the ball. We’ll probably have to double team him to keep him from being in our backfield,” Scott said.
In their 3-4 scheme defensively the Royals are blitz happy.
CCS will bring blitzes from every which direction,” he said. “We need to be consistent on offense and move the ball and finish when we get into the Red Zone.
“We need to be more physical, get off blocks and make plays on defense. We’ll have to play well to beat them. Their quarterback can hurt you with his feet. We’ll have to have someone on him if he does tuck and run.”
A perfect storm hit Purcell at Conger Field last Friday night in a 43-0 loss to the visiting Frederick Bombers.
Scott said a less than stellar performance by the Dragons coupled with the Bombers being a pretty good football team led to the outcome.
“We didn’t play very well and they are a good football team,” the coach said. “We came out flat and never got going.”
Josh Pollard, Payson Purcell and Austin Burton led the tackling chart each with 10 stops.
Brody Galyean completed 13 of the 19 passes he attempted for 123 yards. Boston Knowles rushed 14 times for 69 yards while Kash Guthmueller picked up 50 yards on only four carries.
Lincoln Eubank pulled in six Galyean passes for 66 yards while Jose Ochoa grabbed four passes for 47 receiving yards.
There were no nominations for Player of the Week.
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