Tigers final tuneup at Jenks Classic

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 1:16 pm | Updated: 1:17 pm, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

When Broken Arrow High School participates in the Jenks Classic Friday, the scrimmage setting might mean as much to Tiger coaches as it does the players.

Coach Steve Spavital, with a half-dozen new coaches on his staff, said the evening will be spent on getting press box-to-sideline communications ironed out.

“That’s going to be a big thing,” Spavital said. “It puts us, as coaches, under fire in a game-like situation.”

It will be the final tuneup for new staffers Steve Craver, Tyler Caid, Jake Corbin, Paul Croft, David Alexander and Skip Hyde.

“This will be good for our staff,” Spavital said. “We get to work under lights and it’s the chance to make sure we have a lot of things ironed out upstairs and on the sideline.”

It will be the second and final preseason tuneup when BAHS enters the four-team festival at Hunter Dwelley Stadium before the Tigers’ season opener Sept. 6 hosting Owasso.

Also in the field are Sand Springs, Bixby and Trojan. Controlled scrimmages begin at 6 p.m. The Tigers play Bixby at 7 p.m. in a half-game with Jenks-Sand Springs to follow.

The “half-game” tag might be deceiving, Spavital said.

“It is a scrimmage, a chance to get better,” Spavital said. “We don’t prepare for Bixby like it was the regular season. Winning or losing isn’t important.

“We are looking to see how our kids compete and how hard they will compete. Our only interest is ourselves.”

The Tigers are coming off their first scrimmage, a three-way last Friday at Stillwater with Tulsa Edison.

“We looked pretty good,” he said. “We made a lot of mistakes but that was expected. The best part was we came out healthy.”

BAHS put an emphasis last week on its young offensive line.

“We took 15 linemen and all of them got to play … a lot,” Spavital said. “It was good to get them on film. It was a good building tool for our depth.”

Spavital singled out Levi Vandeventer, a 6-0, 240-pound sophomore guard, who “showed me might be a pretty good one” along with center Matt Collins, tackle Keaton Baggs and guard Zach Zarecki.

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