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No. 3 Altus to face No. 7 Del City in 5A-1 opener

ALTUS, Okla (KSWO) - The undefeated Altus Bulldogs came into the year surrounded by questions wondering if they could continue the success from last year. In their non-district schedule, they have not disappointed posting an undefeated record and a top three ranking in Class 5A. The Bulldogs now prepare to start district play with a top ten bout against No. 7 Del City.

For Altus, slowing down Del City begins by preventing the big play capability the Eagles possess given their tremendous athleticism.

“They're very typical of Del City,” said Altus coach Todd Vargas. “They may not have the specific quarterback that they did last year, with such phenomenal talent. But they’ve got great speed on the edges. They’ve got great receivers. They’ve got a good running back. And so, it's the same as always with them. It's about containing and making sure we don't allow the big play.”

Last Week, Altus hosted an Elk City team that opened the eyes of the Bulldogs when it came to facing a spread offense. Altus allowed 28 points in the victory, their highest total thus far. The team feels that win benefits them heading into this week by allowing them to learn and clean up a few things on the defensive side of the ball.

“They had a quarterback, Elk City did, that was very athletic. We really didn't expect him to do some of the things that he did,” said Vargas. “But that gives us that look for this week. To really get better at those areas. The kids know where we need to get better.”

“You can be out there doing your thing, but you can't get lost. You have to know everything you're doing. You have to know your reads. You can't just sit there and loaf around,” said senior Tito Jones. “You have to be prepared for anything because Del City is a heck of a team. They've got heck of a group of receivers and I know their quarterback can sling it a little bit too.”

The Altus offense seems to have found a groove. They average over 36.5 points per game, and racked up a season-high 49 last week. Jake Vargas seems to have found comfort in leading the offense. But an area opponents have struggled to stop so far is the running attack of Noah Villarreal, and Altus has no intention of pulling the reigns on the talented fullback.

“We're going to put pressure on the teams to stop the fullback. And, to be honest, they just haven't done that yet. So Noah has had a great benefit of that. And he's made the right cuts and done the right things,” Vargas said.

“He finishes his sprints all the time. Every time he gets the ball he's like ten yards ahead finishing. I mean, the kid's a beast,” said Jones.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 at The Rock in Altus.

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