Ike gets challenge in ’Darko
ANADARKO - Danny Edelman wanted a challenge in Eisenhower's first scrimmage.
In defending Class 4A state champion Anadarko, the Eagles' head coach got just that when the two teams clashed Friday at Warrior Stadium in Anadarko.
"This was an unbelievable scrimmage for us in terms of a measuring stick," Edelman said. "(Anadarko) is physical, fast, they run to the football well. It gives us a clearer picture for our guys to go back and study video and find out what we have to do. I felt like we were maybe a half a step behind everywhere, but I can't tell you how pleased I am in terms of effort."
Anadarko didn't do anything to hurt its status as the Class 4A favorite. The Warriors scored on three straight series before a late turnover stopped a promising drive. From the start, senior quarterback Brandon Pollard threw five consecutive completions until finally missing, and ran in a 13-yard touchdown for Anadarko's second score before finding Josh Parton over the middle for a 15-yard scoring pass.
Ike managed one score after two turnovers early on.
"I thought we looked pretty good offensively," Anadarko head coach Kent Jackson said. "I thought Brandon did a great job in the passing game. We had a few breakdowns on the pass protection that we need to get worked out, but outside of that I thought we played physical and tough. I don't care what class any team is, we pride ourselves on being physical. We've had that mystique here at Anadarko and that's something we'll hang our hat on."