Washington hosts Purcell this Friday night at Reed Field on a night the Warriors will honor veterans.
Warriors for Freedom night will start about 6:30 preceding the 7 p.m. kickoff of the first district game of the season for both teams.
Washington, who is ranked No.2 in Class 2A, comes into the intra-county rivalry at 3-0 while Purcell is 2-1.
The Warriors have non-district victories over Pawnee, Sulphur and Lindsay, a common foe for the two teams.
Purcell dropped its first game of the season on the road at Lone Grove but have won their last two outings over Lindsay and Meeker.
Both teams were off last Friday night due to playing in Week Zero.
Beller reports the Dragons will operate out of a spread formation on offense with some slot formations sprinkled in.
“Coach (Tracy) Scott has used the 3-4 over the years on defenses but they will run some 3-3 stack,” Beller said.
“The key for us is limiting the quarterback run game and also limiting the big play by Titus (Mason). He’s one of the best receivers in the district. We have to keep our eye on him. He’s a game-changer for sure.”
Scott said the key for the Dragons to be successful Friday night is to take care of the football and move the chains.
“We need to control the ball and try to keep it out of their hands,” Scott said. “And we can’t give up big plays on defense.”
Scott said the Warriors have been operating out of one-back offense but have run some double tight ends.
“They have given us quite a few different formations to get ready for,” Scott said.
Washington works out of the 4-3 formation on defense.
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