Football optimistic as playoffs approach


Lance Payne

Football runs on to the field ready for Carl Albert game.

The football team’s many wins has led it to be an exciting season. With playoffs just around the corner, football has been working hard.

“It’s all about making sure we know what kind of game plan to set depending on the team and to get off to a hot start in the first couple of drives,” Offensive Coordinator Ryan Stringer said.

With the loss against Carl Albert, the football boys are pushing even harder to be prepared for the rest of the season. 

“I feel our loss against Carl Albert put us in a more determined mood and mindset for the playoffs,” senior center MJ Darby said.

Stringer attributed the team’s success to the leadership of the 19 seniors on the team.

“It’s been one of the closest teams we’ve had in awhile because there are a lot of seniors,” Stringer said. “It helps lead the team better and have the players rely more on each other.”

The team hopes to accomplish many things this year. The plan to take each game one by one will hopefully lead the boys to the championship.

“The goal is to play those bigger teams in the playoffs and hopefully win the state championship and keep playing,” Stringer said.

Football impacts the players and coaches both on and off the field. It has impacted their motivation and work ethic in their daily lives. 

“It helps motivate me everyday,” Stringer said. “I wanted to coach to be a positive influence for the players, and having that positive attitude and a close group of guys motivates me and helps hold up my responsibilities. Football was my favorite sport growing up, and I’ll always love it.”