Sapulpa game preview

Lucas Ortiz, Staff Member

   Homecoming! A time full of fun within the school, goofy dress up days and an all-around enjoyable week. The football game is also a major part of this week, as the Bruins face off against divisional foe Sapulpa. There is lots of excitement surrounding the homecoming game every single year, with the parade, the dress up days, and the excitement of getting to watch your team at home, but can the Bruins live up to the hype this week? Senior Zane Ramsey believes so.

   “It’s pretty crazy actually,” said Ramsey about going into his final homecoming game tonight.  Ramsey is a major part of the Bruin defense, starting at outside linebacker, Ramsey has nine total tackles this season, all nine being solo tackles and has put lots of pressure on the quarterbacks he has faced, and often makes them leave the pocket early.


   “Our coaches have fully prepared us!” Ramsey said about the upcoming game.  Being a senior captain, one of four, he is a leader for the team, but he says it has “nothing to do with the captains, it is a team effort.”


   “All we have to do is do what we have been coached to do,” Ramsey said.


   The new Bartlesville coaching staff has brought this team glimpses of hope for this season, with coordinators such as coach Jason Sport, who comes from Jenks, and coach Cody McDaniel, who followed coach Blankenship from the 2017 3A state runner up Beggs Golden Demons.


   Shane Simpson, an offensive and defensive powerhouse, is returning to the gridiron this game and is ready to outshine his opponent on the other side of the ball. A competitor at heart, he believes it is an important role to set the tone for the game.

   “I have a role on the team. I have to really do my job and for our team I have to be one of the guys to set the tone, I just need to go out and hit early and hit first and make big plays”, he said.


   Simpson is a junior who is returning to the gridiron for the first time since freshman year.  One can also see Simpson on the basketball court for the Bruins, as he is a multi-sport athlete.


   “Few guys who really stand out to me are Laken Clowdus and Hunter Marquez,”  he said.


   Clowdus plays “B-back,” which is a fullback in most offenses across America, and plays outside linebacker.  


   “Laken blocks every single down and is a big, big part of the success in our run game” he said. “ He’s very, very selfless in what he does. He attacks the opponent in all aspects of the game 100 percent. “


   Hunter Marquez is also a person who Simpson looks up to for guidance during the football season.


   “Hunter Marquez defensively does a lot for us,” he said. “He gives us a big impact in the trenches to apply pressure. He often takes on double teams to open things up for others, very selfless when things like that don’t always get a lot of glamour. Very excited for both of those guys.”