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Snyder, Walters set for battle of 2-0 teams

Walters and Snyder have been two of the more impressive teams in Southwest Oklahoma so far this season. The Blue devils and Cyclones are both 2-0, but both have yet to really be tested.
Walters is an up and coming program. The Blue Devils, who won three games total from 2010-2013, broke out in a big way last year. They made the playoffs for the first time in the Faron Griffin era. With several players back from that team, the confidence has never been higher in Blue Devil country.
"The whole climate and culture has changed here. You know we started when I first got here with 17 kids in varsity and now we've got over 40. We're growing,” Griffin said. “The kids are confident. They know how to win now. So we're excited about the season."
"We've got six seniors coming back out and I think now that we know how to win and what it takes, I think we're real confident in what we do,” added Walters’ senior Trevor Hartman
The Blue Devils are looking to take the next step this year. And if they do, it will be because of a strong offensive line, and a couple of talented seniors at the skill positions.
"Well our offensive line is really going to be our strength. But we've had some kids really step up. Trevor Hartman, senior receiver has scored six touchdowns in two games. Cade Bauman has been a dominant force on both sides of the ball. So we're pretty excited about those guys,” Griffin said.
On the other side, Snyder has overcome injuries and a lack of numbers to get off to a 2-0 start. The Cyclones are trying to balance having a special season for the few upperclassmen they have on the roster, while also preparing for the future, by playing a host of youngsters.
"Well our young kids have responded well. At one point in the last game we had five freshmen that were on the field playing for us. So we are happy with the way they are developing. But we have a long way to go,” Snyder coach Robert Babcock said. “We've played Central, Marlow. We've played Burns Flat. Both of those teams were in the same boat that we were. We were blessed to have those because both of those teams don't have a lot of kids out."
"I feel like we're doing pretty good. We've gone through a lot of adversity.. But I feel like we're coming back from it and are just trying to figure out how to play as a team and I feel that we're getting the job done," Snyder senior Desmond Crowder said.
With a couple of blowout victories under their belts, this could be the measuring stick game both sides are looking for before they begin district play next week.
"Snyder is great competition. Coach Babcock does a great job over there. They've got a sound program and are sound in what they do,” Griffin said. “And he's going to show us anything we need to clean up this week. So we're going to really get after it and it's important to eliminate our mistakes as we go in to the real season which is district."
"They're a challenge, a very big challenge for us, especially at this point where we have so many young kids,” Babcock said. “They run a multitude of formations. They shift. They run motion. They're a really well-coached team and they're also really athletic. They also have quite a few kids out. So in every aspect of the game, they present a serious challenge for us."
Kick-off for Friday's showdown is set for 7:00 p.m. in Snyder.
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