Caddo’s Unbeaten Bruins Head to Powerhouse Velma-Alma. Can They Pull Off the Upset?

Last Updated: September 13, 20233.1 min read

Second- year Caddo football coach Trent Harmon has his club 3-0.

But, this week it will be an acid test with a non-district trip to 2-0 and Class B ranked Velma-Alma.

“They are a very, very, very good football team, ” said Harmon with emphasis on very. “I call them cookie cutters. They throw out about ten kids that all look identical. Big, strong  and fast.”

The Bruins have already handled a name eight-man-opponent mauling Davenport 60-14 in week one. However, Harmon said that might not be the same thing as Velma-Alma.

Trent Harmon

“They’ve probably got the best facilities in eight-man football,” he said.  “Big-time tradition. The powerhouse moto is there.”

If the past is any indication, The Bruins better buckle up the chinstraps. The Comets have beaten Caddo the past three years 62-16, 51-20 and 76-56 in a track meet game last season.”

” I will say Velma is a different beast,” he said. ” We are going to be tested in every way possible. It will be a good test to see where we are right before district.”

Harmon agrees his club is a “a little ahead of schedule.” The Bruins were picked fifth in Class B district four after finishing with a 9-3 record last season and a two-game run in the post season.

“We still have a lot of things to fix and are showing our age at times,” he said. “Lining up incorrectly on defense or miscommunications up front with some of our younger guys. But, we are really pleased with the boys. They are really working hard.”

Coltin Speers

Coltin Speers, a 5-10, 175 pound senior quarterback is the go to guy on the offense. Through three games, Speers has accounted for six rushing touchdowns and nine more through the air. In last week’s romp over Wilson-Henryetta, he finished the night with 238 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns. A linebacker on defense, he is near the top of the chart in tackles.

“Everything flows through him, “Harmon said of his game-breaker. “He’s a two-threat player for sure. He’s been throwing the ball especially well.  We probably haven’t been throwing the ball enough. On the ground, he has been wearing people out with his legs, too.”

Dax and Boen Proctor

Also, contributing big time is the brothers combo of Dax, a senior, and Boen Proctor, a sophomore. The pair have grown up with Caddo football. Their father, Jeremy, coached the Bruins from 2011 to 2021.

“Dax is our defensive leader in the secondary,” according to Harmon. ” He has five interceptions, is a ball magnet and is all over the ball when it is thrown. He is an aggressive cornerback who make a lot of tackles for us.”

Boen comes in at a tiny 5’4, 120. But, Harmon said don’t let that fool you.

“He’s the smallest kid i’ve ever coached. But, it doesn’t matter to him. He sticks his nose up into everything.  He’s kinda the leader of our defense, as far as calls go.”

Harmon is also high on Brody Brazielle, Jake Mullens, AJ Peevyhouse and his entire offensive wall Charles Phillips, Austin Lackey, Dillon Speers (Coltin’s little brother) and Noah Dry.

Harmon, the son of Eight-man Coaches Hall of Famer Mark Harmon, knows winning at Velma-Alma will be a tough chore. But, he welcomes the challenge.

“We are playing physical football right now and we are planning to go over there and take it to them.  Or at least try to. Our kids got to know that they shouldn’t scare us away.”

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