McAlester Football Feature – Presented by Excel Therapy

McAlester Buffaloes

Coach: FORREST MAZEY 

Schedule:
9-6 – vs. Muskogee

9-13 – at Poteau

9-20 – at Ardmore

9-27 – at Durant

10-4 – vs. Ada

10-11 – vs. Hale

10-17 – at Coweta

10-25 – vs. Edison

11-1 – vs. Glenpool

11-8 – at Bishop Kelley

Quick Hits:

The Buffaloes have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-2005. Since 1993, McAlester has only missed the playoffs six times. 

Veteran starting quarterback Chris Hilton was a perfect 11 for 11 throwing the football for 167 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-0 win over Nathan Hale. Hilton also rushed for 55 yards. 

McAlester scratched out a 28-27 win over Coweta at Hook Eales stadium on October 12th, avenging a 24-7 loss at Coweta in 2017. McAlester has won five of the last six between the teams. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 4-6

2017 – 3-7 

2016 – 8-3

2015 – 10-2 

2014 – 11-2 

2013 – 12-2

OFFENSE

Excitement and energy continue to build as the Buffaloes approach the 2019 campaign on a mission. They can draw inspiration from their new head coach, Forrest Mazey, who takes the reins of the Black and Gold after leading Poteau to a pair of state semifinal appearances. Fueling the high expectations is the return of six offensive starters, paced by quarterback Chris Hilton (6-3, 200, Sr.), who passed for 1,032 yards and nine touchdowns while running for 625 yards and five TDs.  Among the returning experience is a pair of sure-handed receivers: Gavin Johnson (6-3, 200, Jr.), grabbed 20 receptions at 10.6 yards per catch and Colby Squyres (6-2, 200, Sr.), averaged 18.4 yards on 20 catches. The installation of Mazey’s spread attack will allow for a productive ground game that showcases the talents of Lane Jarrett (5-10, 180, Sr.), Hayden Franks (5-11, 180, Sr.) as well as Chase Faber (6-2, 215, So.). The size and muscle of this year’s offensive front is a match for the playcalling as Trey Briggs (6-7, 320, Sr.) returns alongside Quentin Thomas (6-3, 300, Jr.) and Morgan Richards (6-0, 200, Sr.). “Chris (Hilton) is a dual threat to make things happen,” Mazey said, “and because of that, it makes all the parts of the offense stronger. With the size we have up front, we can be aggressive at the point of attack.”

DEFENSE

The defensive attitude and tenacity of the “Big Mac Attack” will involve getting a swarm of players to the ball on every snap. Leading the aggressive assault is VYPE Top 100 choice Parker Singleton (6-3, 220, Sr.), a three-year regular in the lineup at defensive end who totaled 51 tackles, including six for loss. He is capable of controlling play at the point of attack and the pass rush, plus has the mobility to strengthen pass coverage. Chase Faber is no stranger to creating havoc from his linebacker position after totaling 64 tackles a year ago. Wyatt Grinnell (5-11, 200, Sr.) adds to the downhill attack. The secondary unit has the ability to provide solid run support and the quickness to stay in coverage against the pass. That group is led by Caleb Squyres, who made 40 stops in 2018, including five behind the line of scrimmage. “The defense has six starters returning,” Mazey said. “With Parker, Chase and Caleb leading the assault, we’ve got the nucleus to be solid defensively against the run and pass.” McAlester’s defense also gets game-changing efforts of Lane Jarrett, Jaxon Walters (5-9, 170, Jr.) and Trent Homer (5-9, 170, So.) to help navigate a challenging schedule. “The early season will give us a chance to show what we’ve got and what we’ve got to do to compete and win this season,” Mazey said. “The good thing about the early road games is that the second half of the season, we’ll play four district games in front of the home crowd.”