The Caddo High Bruins had a tough season last year, but are looking to bounce back in 2019.
Head coach Jeremy Proctor said he’s already seen some elements among his players this year that will be keys to the team’s success.
“I think our overall team chemistry and unselfish attitude will be a huge factor,” Proctor said via email. “We have some great players who work hard day in and out. Another factor will be our speed in the backfield, and on defense.”
The Bruins went 2-8 on the season last year, and 0-5 in district play, but they did put up a lot of offense in their wins, a 39-0 victory over Class C Thackerville and 57-26 downing of Class B Ryan in back-to-back weeks. Proctor said senior quarterback Cameron McClain will be a player to watch for Caddo High this year as he leads the team’s offense on the field.
“This will be his first year to play quarterback but (he) has really picked it up fast and is a big run threat,” Proctor said. “Sophomore running back Hunter Speers will get the majority of the carries this year. Hunter was all district defensive back last season and will certainly be a huge defensive help again.”
In addition to Speers pulling double-duty on the field, McClain will be a free safety when the Bruins don’t have the ball. Proctor said he’s also looking for strong seasons from sophomore fullback/linebacker Kaiden Young, senior tight end/defensive end Luke Castaldo and sophomore wide receiver/running back/cornerback Eli McKimmy. Seniors Jacob Long and Colby Henson are also expected to provide leadership for the young squad, which has more freshman and sophomore players than upperclassmen.
After a pair of scrimmages, one on the road and one at home, the Bruins open the season Sept. 6 with an away game against Wilson High. Caddo High’s home opener will be the following week against the Dewar High Dragons. Then Sept. 20 brings Homecoming for the Bruins, who will be playing host to Thackerville, one of two teams who fell to Caddo High last season.
Once the Homecoming festivities fade, the Bruins will begin preparing to go back on the road for three away games, with the first taking place against the Ryan High Cowboys, the other team that fell to Caddo High last season, on Sept. 27. The Bruins’ last game before district play starts is scheduled for Oct. 4 at Waurika High and then Caddo High opens District B-5 play on Oct. 11 at Canadian High.
The Bruins will be back at home on Thursday, Oct. 17 against Maud High, in what is Caddo High’s second-to-last home game of the season. Last year’s District B-5 champs Wetumka High will then host the Bruins on Oct. 25, before Caddo High travels to Weleetka High on Nov. 1 for the team’s last away game of the season.
The Strother High Yellowjackets will visit Caddo for the last game of the season on Nov. 8. All regular season games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Proctor said he wanted to thank all the team’s parents and fans for the never ending support of of the Bruins’ program.
“Thanks for letting your boys play this great game here at Caddo,” Proctor, who has been at the team’s helm since 2012, said. “No matter what the score is, these boys play with a lot of heart and never quit. We will have more road games this year, so we always appreciate that road cheering crowd and support. Thanks to our booster club for their support as well.”