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Grandfield confident despite losing bulk of talent

GRANDFIELD, OK (KSWO) - Last season Grandfield proved to be a top team in Class C. But for the second consecutive year, they fell in the State Semifinals.

In 2016, the team looks completely different having lost an abundance of talent to graduation. Head Coach William Dickey understands transitioning will take some time, but has faith in his team given the attitude they bring to the field every day.


The pressure of the city. And then the pressure the guys put on themselves that we have to win a state championship. These guys are not concerned about that, state Dickey. We had one player say, coach I don't care if we win one game, or two games, or no games. As long as we learn the life lessons that are being taught every day. You know, and if someone says that, you're not going to be a scoreboard watcher. But you're going to be one of those that just come out and work hard every day.

Coach Dickey's optimism also stems from the fact he has a handful of experienced returners ready to step into a leadership role.

Jermaine White, and Jerome Whittington, and Trenton Palmer. Trenton has been a four-year starter for us.  He's not that vocal leader, but he's that leader that will show you by example, says Dickey.

One of the biggest departures from graduation is Jahred Lopez. At running back, Lopez was the main option in the Bearcat offense a year ago. Now, Jerome Whittington steps into the spot. Not only will he bring some experience at running back, he will also be looked at as back-up quarterback if necessary.

Whittington says,
I think at running back, my vision has gotten a lot better. And at quarterback I got to step up in case our starting quarterback gets hurt or something. So, you still got to pay attention at all times.

Speaking of starting quarterback, junior Jermaine White has been tapped to play the position. White brings plenty of experience to the position thanks to an ample amount of playing time last season.

For the last five games last year, even including the quarterfinal and semifinal games, he played quarterback. So we're pretty settled in that. He's become a better passer. Making better decisions, explains Dickey.

Jermaine, he brings leadership and aggressiveness. That's a lot of pressure on the quarterback to remember what he has to do, and everybody else. So I think he's stepped up at the quarterback position, states Whittington.

The Bearcats will start their season at Snyder on September 2nd.

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