High school football is finally here. Practice kicked off today across Oklahoma. Here in Lawton the three city teams went to work filling holes left by graduating seniors. We'll start at MacArthur where the defending 5A State Champs are fresh off a great summer. One that featured an impressive showing at the mustang camp, which is something that has given them confidence as they begin practice.
Senior Receiver/Defensive Back Jarviear Christon says, "Yes I feel like it has just showed how good we can be. After losing so many seasons, I think everybody is just trying to go out there and get a spot just be active on the team and all that."
"Yeah, we've got good competition for every spot and it's one of those deals that we are replacing a lot. But we're replacing them with some talented kids. I know we don't have a lot of experience. That'll come with the first few games. But we're excited about who we've got," says Brett Manning, MacArthur Head Coach.
The Highlanders will have four weeks of practice before they open the season September 3rd against 4A power Clinton.
Over at Lawton High, the Wolverines have another big group of kids out for the start of practice. More than 80 showed up to get fall camp underway.
Lawton High Head Coach Randy Breeze says, "Yeah the kids...the kids came out with a lot of enthusiasm. They're excited about the start of football season. They worked hard all summer long and they're ready for football to be here."
Like MacArthur, Lawton High is also replacing the bulk of its starters on both sides of the ball. But Coach Breeze feels there is still plenty of talent to work with.
"We've got a lot of competition going on and we're blessed with a lot of talent. Especially at the secondary level and the wide receiver level. Our second team secondary will be as good as anybody we play. We've got that much depth in the secondary. So there's a lot of competition all over the field and we're going to put eleven offensive starters that are quality players and eleven defensive players out their to start that are going to be a quality football power," says Breeze.
For the second year in a row Lawton High will open the season against Salina Central out of Kansas. This time it will be played at Cameron stadium on September 4th.
Over at Ike, the Eagles are entering the second year of the Danny Edelman era. Now that they've got one full season under their belt, the Eagles are much more comfortable in Coach Edelman's system.
"I think that that is just a big situation for us. We've gone through offseason with these young men. We've had a summer program with these young men. So we feel like we are going in the right direction right now as far as our program goes and especially with them getting use to our, just the work ethic that we, that we've instilled. Game schemes, you know, and just different things. So we're excited about it," says Edelman, Eisenhower Head Coach.
Senior Receiver Rico Bussey says, "We got a lot more discipline and we work a lot harder. The offense is a lot more different. I think we're going to do better this year too since we know a lot of stuff we learned last year."
Eisenhower will kick off the season on September 4th with a long distance drive to Fayetteville, Arkansas.