Bison coach sees postives in scrimmage
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Even though it doesn’t count on the season record, the Carlisle Bison “lost” 28-20 to Dumas in a benefit scrimmage game Tuesday night at Dumas.
The Bobcats, a Class 4A team, led 7-0 at halftime.
The Class 2A Bison rallied with 14 consecutive points to lead 14-7. Justice Bryant scored on a four-yard run. The extra point was no good. Thomas McCallie scored on a seven-yard run and Bryant added the two-point conversion.
Dumas scored on a three-yard run with a minute left in the third quarter to tie the game at 14-14.
Carlisle reclaimed the lead on a three-yard run by Jacob Cagle in the fourth. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 20-14.
Dumas took a 21-20 lead on a 22-yard run with 46 seconds left. The Bobcats ended the scoring late when returning a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown with 19 seconds left.
Carlisle coach Brandon Barbaree said there were some good things to come out of the game.
“We looked like we are an in-shape football team,” he said. “We had one guy cramp late in the fourth quarter.”
Barbaree said his team had too many turnovers, including a couple inside the red zone.
“At times, I thought our defense looked really good,” Barbaree said. “At times, their size got the best of us. And we weren’t adjusted to their speed.
“For the most part, we’re pretty optimistic about what we saw.”
Barbaree said Dumas has speed.
“That is kind of the reason we wanted to see that,” he said. “We can’t simulate in practice what they [Bobcats] can do. We’re going to see teams similar to that when we get into the playoffs because they are huge up front and they have speed at all the skill positions.”
The Bison will open the season Friday, Sept. 6, against McCrory at Fred C. Hardke Field. Game time is 7 p.m.