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LAWTON HIGH NOTEBOOK / Week 3

Tackling problems

Through two games this season, the Lawton High rush defense has struggled. Against Salina (Kan.) Central two weeks ago, the Wolverines surrendered 229 rushing yards on 53 carries. Central's Dalton Peters tallied 153 yards. Lawton High still won that game going away.

MacArthur ran the football 57 times last Friday night and came up with 210 rushing yards (222 before accounting for kneel downs to end the game) and five touchdowns. Senior Davon Finkley toted the rock 37 times for 148 yards while quarterback Will Collins rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries.

LHS head coach Randy Breeze says a lack of tackling is the reason.

"We need to be better tacklers," Breeze said. "MacArthur definitely had a lot of success. We didn't tackle very well the first half and part of that was MacArthur, they blocked well. We definitely have to stop the inside running game. Our biggest problem wasn't the defensive front as much as we had a veteran linebacker tackle air the first three times the ball was run at him that extended to drives. I think it's more missed tackles by a linebacker than it was our defensive line."

This week, Breeze wants a complete turnaround against Sapulpa. Instead of the sustained drives Mac went on, including an 18-play drive that started late in third and ended with a touchdown, Breeze wants to see the opposition's punter.

"I want three-and-outs," Breeze said. "That's all I want to see. We're going to get some secondary people more involved in the run game and we're going to make a couple of position changes. We're going to bring in a young linebacker, we're not sure if he's ready or not, but he can't do any worse. We just need to get our offense on the field."

That young linebacker is sophomore Tre Curry.

"He's a strong, fast young guy," Breeze said. "If you remember, in (track) regionals, he out ran (former Wolverine) Mike Warren in the 100 meters. We're going to increase his playing time."

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