LOCUST GROVE, OK —
The Locust Grove football team looked impressive again Friday night in their final scrimmage of the preseason, and it all starts with quarterback Mason Fine.
The sophomore ended the night throwing for a total of 490 yards and a mind-boggling 12 touchdowns. Fine also did not throw a single interception in 61 attempts over two preseason scrimmages.
The Pirates began the night against Liberty, playing separate 10-minute halves of offense without the clock stopping and the ball starting on the opponent’s 35-yard-line each possession. In their 10 minutes of offense, Locust’s no-huddle attack scored eight touchdowns and combined for 257 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Mason Fine was the reason behind most of the Pirates productivity. Fine completed 12 of 14 passes for 189 yards and six touchdowns. The offensive captain hit seven different receivers in the process. Senior Cameron McIntire led the receivers with three receptions, all of which he took into the end zone. Senior Cory Rhode led the Pirates’ backfield by scoring two touchdowns in only three carries, including a 35-yard TD run.
The Pirate offense slowed down against Ketchum, scoring three touchdowns. Fine was the man behind all of the touchdowns and also threw for 100 yards.
The Locust Grove defense also shined, shutting down Liberty when their offensive opportunity arose. The Legion of Doom only allowed Liberty to score once and held the Eagles to eight total yards, with two sacks thanks to the big guys up front.
After handling Ketchum and taking a short break, Locust Grove played Okmulgee in a more game-like scenario. The teams battled in two separate 15-minute halves which were treated like a real game.
Fine continued to succeed in the more realistic scenario and led his team to a 27-0 victory. The gunslinger threw for another 201 yards and three touchdowns. Fine looks to be a solid leader for the Pirates’ fast-pace, no huddle offense, which Head Coach Matt Hennesy hopes will tire out opposing defenses.
“We want to go fast and we want to tire them out. We know in this league that a lot of guys play both ways, including ours. But that’s why we have to be in shape and we have guys that are subbing in and they’re going to have to step up. That’s our whole idea is to keep playing fast, fast and hopefully we’ve worked hard enough this summer and our conditioning plays a role in the game,” Hennesy said.
The Pirates will begin their season Thursday night at home in The Battle of Highway 82, and Hennesy has one thing on his mind going up against Salina.
“Go win. We have to go score and play defense,” Hennesy said.
Locust Grove and Salina will kick off at 7:30 p.m.