Bixby game preview


Lucas Ortiz, Staff Member

   The Bruins are coming off of a big district win against Sand Springs, and go into one of the toughest places to play in the state this week to try and come out with another win, making it two and a row.


   The Spartans of Bixby are 5-1 and are looking to ruin Bartlesvilles’ chances of a possible playoff run in the near future. Impact players on Bixby are Brennan Presley, a junior receiver and corner looking to spoil the Bruin D and O. He averages 93 reception yards a game and 16.4 yards a play. He has been named the MaxPreps overall Player of The Game in 5 of this years 6 games the Spartans have played.


   “The team has looked good in practice this week,” said head football coach Lee Blankenship. Blankenship has led the team to two wins this season and has increased the team by many players who want to come and turn this team into a playoff program.


   “We have been practicing with great attitude and effort,” Blankenship said.


   Blankenship has turned this team around from where it was one year ago. Players have winning attitudes and has turned the “culture” of the team into a future state championship program.


   “Laken Clowdus and Dylan Argo should have a big night. We need our offensive line to play well,” Blankenship said.


   Junior Laken Clowdus has had two big nights the past two weeks filling in for running back Deandre Young, who was sidelined in the Sapulpa game due to an ankle injury.


   Clowdus has rushed for more than 200 yards each game he has started and made a key play late in the game versus Sand Springs on a 4th down and 3 conversion. Argo has also made statements, opening holes for the running back and blocking in the backfield to protect the quarterback.


   “Look for Symond Jenkins and Elijah Williams to make big plays up front for us on the Defensive Line and Taton Hopkins and Caden Davis to come up big in the secondary,” Blankenship said.


   Williams made a key play late in the game versus Sand Springs as well, literally ripping the ball out of the ball carriers hand and rumbling for 15 yards before he was stopped. Senior Symond Jenkins has also made plays on the field, and watch out for him to make even more.


   Sophomore Caden Davis has made statements on the gridiron, averaging 5 tackles a game with 19 solo tackles on the season. Junior Taton Hopkins has also made big impact plays on the defensive side of the ball. Look for him to line up at slot receiver this week as well, as he fills in for the injured Tom Beard, who also fell during the Sapulpa game.