Del City game preview


Photo by Elizabeth Sparks/ MediaPrime

Lucas Ortiz, Staff Member


   In one of the most anticipated home openers in Bartlesville Bruin football history, coach Lee Blankenship and the Bruins prepare to take on a 6A-2 top ten team, Del City. Coming off of a close one point loss versus Carl Albert, Del City should be coming to Custer Stadium with a vengeance. Bartlesville is attempting bounce back after suffering a hard loss versus down the road opponent Collinsville. The home field advantage will be a factor in the Bruins favor tonight; with Blankenship’s emphasis on “hyping up the crowd,” the student section is likely to be lively.

   Bru-Crew leader and senior, Dax Butler, is excited for the home game and is ready to make sure Del City hears the Bruin student section tonight. The Bru-Crew is famous for their notoriously loud “bucket brigade.” Participating students deck out five gallon buckets with paint and sparkles tp reflect their school spirit. It can make a difference on the outcome of the game, causing the opponent to become distracted.

   Students should make sure to join the crew to support the Bruins, because Butler believes it makes a positive contribution to the game.

   “They (students) should be a part because believe it or not, the team feeds off of our energy and having seen a season where we made it to the state semifinals and where we won two game the entire year, the student section makes a big impact,” said Butler.

Butler is now the leader of the student section and runs the BHS student section Twitter, @bhsgetshype.

   Butler also added, “I expect to be ‘litty,’ led by yours truly.”

   As for the football itself, the Bruin defense is making stellar progress during this season, with the Collinsville quarterback only making two completions for 11 yards in the previous game.  A major part of the Bruin defensive effort is inside linebacker Lukas Hammack. Hammack is a senior and had 16 tackles against the Cardinals.

   “Well it will definitely be a challenge, but a challenge we’re ready for”, Hammack said.

   The Eagles of Del City took on the best team in 5A last week, losing by one point to Carl Albert. The Eagles also blew out Bishop McGuinness 47-7.

   “Del City doesn’t really run a complicated offense, based on film, and so we’ve had time to put in some new defensive plays that we hope can help a lot on Friday night.”  

   Some defensive stars have been hurt from the first two games, cornerback Shane Simpson a major loss to the defense and “filling those shoes won’t be easy,” according to Hammack.

   “We have had players from the defensive backfield like Cody Winters move around and make plays on the defense and each of us are going to make plays that should help us a lot on Friday,” Hammack said.  

   Hammack took a personal look on what he can do to try and help the Bruins show Bartlesville what they are really about.

   “I really want to get a win every week, especially in front of our home crowd. As long as I do my 1/11th, get my alignments correct, read my keys and go make big plays, then we’ll be alright,” he said.

   Hammack also feels the home crowd can have a large impact on the opposition.

   “Especially on these big home games, the crowd can be a turning tide on the energy of the team. They have to stay loud the entire game, especially while we’re on defense so they can’t hear the cadence and jump the snap. It really has a big impact on the game,” Hammack said.