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Bruins take on Commandos

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Today the Bartlesville Bruins will take on the Cascia Hall Commandos in the Bruins third battle of the year. After last week’s debacle vs Owasso, the Bruins are looking to ride the home crowd to get back into the win column and a winning record at 2-1. Cascia Hall comes to town at 1-0, riding on the back of last Thursday’s victory over crosstown rival Holland Hall, a 48-10 demolition.

Through two games, the Bruins offense has averaged 20.5 points per game, which is well below last years average of 39.6 points per game. The 2015 team had great success on offense, scoring 50+ points three times in the season, something this years team is trying to replicate.

“Our offense has the ability to score a lot, we just haven’t executed,” junior wide receiver John Cone said. “We have had a lot of opportunities but we just haven’t capitalized.”

In order to capitalize, they will have to rely on the arm of junior quarterback Will Walton, who will be making his first varsity career start at quarterback in place of the injured Garrett Meidel. Walton played in the 2nd half of last week’s Owasso game, coming in after senior wide receiver AJ Archambo played QB for a little in the 2nd and 3rd quarter.

“Everybody just needs to focus on doing their job,” Walton said. “If everyone can do their job and stay positive we will get the dub.”

Cone has a similar positive outlook as a team, focusing on bringing each other together.

“We have been trying to come together as a team and really get behind each other to lift each other up,” he said.

Last week’s loss was tough for the Bruins, but they are looking ahead to tonight as an opportunity to come back strong.

“Last week we came out with wrong mentality,” junior defensive back Cole Williams said. “We were playing scared because we knew we were playing Owasso, so this week we have to come out with the mentality that we are going to win.”

In order to come out with a victory, the Bruins know that the defense has to be better after giving up 59 points last week, and that Cascia Hall’s offense is well improved after scoring 48 points last week vs Holland Hall, well above last year’s average of 23.6 points per game.

“Cascia is  a run heavy offense, they love to bring everything in tight and try to ram it down your throat,” Williams said. “But I am very confident in our defense to be able to stop the run and force them to pass.”

The Bruins are trying to stick to the fundamentals to get the victory tonight, and all of them hope it pays off, including junior receiver Taylor Cobb.

“We’re going into the game just trying to be 1-0.” 

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