Elgin High School football coach Chalmer Wyatt was really proud of his team’s performance last Thursday against Anadarko, a game the Owls won 33-26 to move into a tie with Newcastle in District 4A-1 at 2-2, which currently puts the Owls in fourth place.
Wyatt said the team played a complete game Thursday night and is hitting a stride at the right time.
“We made great strides Thursday night,” he said. “We came in with a game plan and we executed that plan really well.”
Wyatt said when a game plan comes together perfectly it is really gratifying for players and coaches.
“It is really great when you can execute a game plan exactly the way it is drawn up,” he said. “That doesn’t always happen. As a coach you hope you have planned well for a game and so it feels good all the way around.”
He said beating a team that Elgin hadn’t beaten in some time meant a lot to him. He also said he was proud of how his team played on the road.
“They weren’t intimidated at all,” he said of his players. “They just came out and played their game.”
Wyatt said the team’s offensive line play continues to improve.
“We have teams on the defensive end that are throwing a lot of looks at us and our guys are making instant adjustments,” he said.
Next up for the Owls are the Chickasha Chicks, who will make the trip down to Elgin for a 7 p.m. kick Friday night. The Chicks enter the game staring up at the Owls in district play at 1-3, 3-4 overall on the season.
Wyatt said that while the Owls have achieved a lot already this season, it is not the time to get complacent.
“Chickasha is a very talented team and they play very hard,” he said. “They have a many weapons on offense and they will be coming in desperate for a district win. That often makes teams very dangerous.”
Wyatt said with three weeks to go in the season the coaching staff is focused on keeping the team on task.
“At this point in the season, we have three weeks left,” Wyatt said. “We really can’t afford to look ahead. We need to come ready to play every week.”
Wyatt said with cell phones and social media it is sometimes difficult to keep players from looking at the district standings and looking head, but noted that is the nature of the game these days.
He added that at this point in the season his team has taken a lot of the lessons coaches have imparted to them to heart.
“Right now we are just looking to sharpen the tools we have,” Wyatt said.
— Compiled by William Carroll.