ADAIR, OK —
All eyes were on Adair freshman quarterback BJ Bradbury Friday night in the Warriors' first scrimmage of the year at Gene Winfield Stadium.
He didn't disappoint — and he didn't delay.
Bradbury's first pass, a tunnel screen to junior Hunter Rosebrough, went for 40 yards and a touchdown. He finished with 133 yards on 9-of-18 passing with a pair of scores.
Bradbury looked poised in the pocket all night and hit receivers down the seam on some of his most eye-popping throws. He even brought the wood for a play on defense by crushing a Quapaw ball carrier, but Adair head coach Mark Lippe said his biggest play of the night is one that won't show up on a stat sheet.
"One of his receivers made a bad play," Lippe said. "We [the coaching staff] were on the receiver's butt pretty good, and BJ stopped him and said 'Hey, you're OK. Good job.' To me, that's the biggest play he made all night. He encouraged a teammate that had just made a poor play. That was exciting for me to see."
Stats and points don't count for another two weeks, but as good as Bradbury's first night was, it could have been even better. Two receivers dropped touchdown passes, and another TD toss was called back for holding.
When Bradbury's pocket collapsed, he made smart decisions, scrambling to extend the play and rarely throwing into coverage. Bradbury was only sacked once and didn't turn the ball over.
"He was pretty calm. He didn't let it get to him," Lippe said. "It's hard to tell as far as his decision making until you go back and watch the film, but in carrying himself, I thought he handled himself well."
Bradbury's strong premiere wasn't the only thing Lippe had to feel good about after Friday's scrimmage, which also showcased Dewey, Ketchum and Quapaw.
"It's so hard to single out one or two [players]," Lippe said, running through names like sophomore defensive back Will Hefner (five tackles, one tackle for loss) and sophomore running back Cody Eby (five carries for 23 yards, a 30-yard receiving touchdown).
"I was impressed with Dustin Lee. He's a kid who just came back out and played with us. It's his first time playing since the seventh grade," Lippe said of Lee, who hounded opposing quarterbacks all night and recorded a sack.
Lippe was also pleased with the two-deep offensive lines, who stayed assignment-correct for most of the night. The main sticking point for Lippe was his team's lack of hard-nosed attitude.
"We've got to get tougher. We've got to play with more of a hard edge," Lippe said. "I'm not really satisfied with that right now. We've got to play faster and more downhill. I think we're thinking a little bit right now, but as far as when we get a little more experience, we've got to be able to read and react quicker."
Adair players got some valuable experience Friday night, including freshman backup quarterback Bo Rogers (8-of-15 passing, 102 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions), junior tight end James Eastin, who hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Rogers, and junior linebacker Alec Brand, who racked up a sack and three tackles for loss.
Junior Reed Harris (five tackles, one sack) and sophomore Walker Graves (five tackles) joined Brand to lead the way on defense.
Adair's junior varsity scrimmaged Quapaw and Ketchum varsity, and neither was able to score against the Warrior JV.
"When our JV can keep two 2A varsity teams out of the endzone, we're pretty proud of that," Lippe said.
In the JV scrimmage with Dewey, freshman running back Brandon Roeder racked up 79 yards on four carries, including a 50-yard TD scamper on his second touch.
Adair concluded its home scrimmage season Friday. The Warriors will head to Kansas next Friday for their last scrimmage before traveling to Kellyville Sept. 6.