Pauls Valley Democrat
The tune-up games are over and the real season begins Friday night for the larger schools in Oklahoma.
The Pauls Valley Panthers are looking to turn the corner in the new season and get out on a good note in district action. They begin their playoff quest on the road at Purcell.
“They have a new staff, Greg Willis is in his first year also,” PV head coach Bill Green said. “From what we’ve seen they like to run the ball, they are a 75-25 run to pass.
“That’s a lot like us. So it could be a fast ball game depending on how things go.”
Two points is all the separates the Purcell Dragons from a perfect record thus far. The Dragons beat Lindsay and Lexington but lost a tough battle to Washington 16-15.
Purcell has a strong run game that is led by Dominque Gavia. The Dragons are averaging 420 yards per game on offense, 314 of that on the ground.
Gavia already has 465 yards on the season with six touchdowns. He is averaging 155 yards per game including 143 yards in last week’s win over Lexington.
Quarterback Drew Rolin is averaging 106 yards per game through the air. He is 20-of-36 for the year with 2 touchdowns. He was 6-of-9 last week for 115 yards and a TD.
“They have a great running game,” Green said. “Their quarterback (Drew Rolin) is a smooth operator. He and running back Dominque Gavia run the ball hard.”
Rolin has several targets when Purcell does decide to pass including Jordan Rolin, Barrett Huey and Mac McGregor.
The offensive line is solid behind seniors Brody Winter (6-1, 300) and Colby Lindsay (6-3, 275).
“They have really good size up front,” Green said. “Best offensive lineman is Brody Winter. He is really active on the offensive line. He moves well for a big kid. They like to run the ball behind him.”
Purcell will line up in a 3-4 look on defense. The Dragons have been stingy on defense giving up only 225 yards per game on only 11 points. They surrender on an average 145 yards on the ground and 74 through the air.
Brandon Rolin (6-1, 250) will anchor the front seven in the trenches.
Huey and McGregor give the Dragons excellent coverage in the secondary and also provide run support with their speed.
“Defensively, they are going to line up in a 3-4,”Green said. “They look really physical and will get after you. We are going to have to get on our blocks this week and stay with them. That’s been our focus this week with the offensive line.”
Both teams are looking to get off on the right foot in a tough district. Purcell is looking to get back to the playoffs after missing out last year and PV is looking for a third straight trip to the playoffs.
“We know how important district games are, especially that first district game,” Green said. “Half the teams are going to win, half the teams are going to lose. It’s always good to get that first one.”
Purcell and Pauls Valley will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Conger Field in Purcell.