TULSA - The Grove Ridgerunners finished up the football preseason with their second and final scrimmage against Tulsa private schools Bishop Kelley and Metro Christian on Friday night.
Much like their first scrimmage at Sallisaw, the Ridgerunners showed flashes of potential accompanied by the kind of mistakes typical of the early season.
Grove head coach Dennis Millican liked much of what he saw, but was concerned by his team's turnovers.
"As far as moving the ball, we had some success. What was frustrating was the turnovers. You can't let the other team have the ball."
The scrimmage consisted of 10-minute periods pitting one team's offense versus another team's defense, with each team's offensive and defensive units getting a turn against the two other teams. That was followed by two 25-minute simulated games for each team.
The Ridgerunners found success throughout the night throwing the ball, with Adam Steffenson finding Kyle Summerfield for a five-yard touchdown pass on Grove's first offensive possession of the night against the Comets. Steffenson would find Summerfield for another five-yard touchdown against Metro Christian.
"Bishop Kelley runs a defense that we won't see again and we've not going to alter our practice for one defense," Millican said. "They crowded the line and allowed us to throw the ball some."
Defensively the Ridgerunners were solid for most of the night, but were again plagued by big plays, especially in third down situations during the two mini-games.
A sack of Metro quarterback Andrew Hearon by Anthony Krause on the Patriots' first possession of the mini-game created a third-and-15 situation. But Hearon was able to find an open receiver for a 32-yard gain and a first down. The possession eventually ended with a touchdown. The Patriots would get a second touchdown on a third-and-19 play after another sack by Krause and Levi Proctor.
"The mini-game is different," Millican said. "It's a faster pace. Things are a little bit exaggerated. The officiating changes a little bit. But like I said last week, we're not going to win a scrimmage, we're not going to lose a scrimmage. We just need to get better this next week and get ready to play. We'll be fine."