By the time the regular season rolls around the Oklahoma Christian School football team will be ready. The Saints wrapped up their preseason schedule Thursday night as they hosted a scrimmage with defending Class 2A state champion Heritage Hall.

�We�ve made sure we really went after some good schools,� OCS coach Derek Turner said. �We scrimmaged Casady and Cushing last week and those are some pretty good programs. Cushing is a 3A school and Heritage Hall is a 2A school, so we wanted to get up against some big kids and go.�

While the Saints still have a few things to polish before they host Sulpher next Friday, OCS head coach Derek Turner was pleased with the way his team held up.

�I think our kids did OK, they were a bit star struck, but it�s kind of hard not too when you have Barry Sanders Jr. over there,� Turner said. �They�re the defending 2A champions and I thought we did well against them.�

The Saints� defense looked strong and came out with plenty of emotion. Cornerback Rustin Purcer set the tone with a number of big hits early in the night.

�That Rustin Purcer will come hit you, that kid will flat hit you,� Turner said.

Heritage Hall got a couple of good looks at the Saints� end zone, but only broke the plane once. A big run play gave the Chargers a first down at the OCS five-yard line in their first series of the game. But the Saints� defense came through with a big goal-line stand, as they forced an incompletion and three unsuccessful run plays.

Later in the night, Heritage Hall used another big run to again set up deep inside the Saints� territory. This time the Chargers would not be denied as they scored on the very next play with a five-yard quarterback draw.

�I think our defense did well, we had a couple of breakdowns, we�re still struggling to get a couple signals in,� Turner said.

Things were not as bright for the Saints� offense, which never seemed to find their rhythm on the soggy turf. Jack Warren made a few nice passes including a 20-yard screen pass to Jeff Smith, but had a tough time getting consistent snaps.

�We had too many snaps over the quarterback�s head,� Turner said. �We had some issues there and I don�t know if it was as much about new people as it was because it was wet and really humid. You can�t make that excuse but at least when we get to a game situation then they�re going to be prepared for it.�

�We�d like to have been a little more crisp, but it�s one of the first scrimmages and we still have time to tune up and get cleaned up before the season starts,� Smith said. �These are the 2A state champion and to hold with them says a lot, because they are pristine and they�re proven.�

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