After losing 20 seniors from last year's Class 4A state runner-up, coach Willis Alexander knew his team would need some time to learn. And after opening 0-2 with close losses to ranked opponents Bishop McGuinness and Millwood, the third-ranked Trojans seem to be hitting their stride.
They've won four straight, outscoring the last three opponents 161-13.
A couple of crucial games remain. Following a date with McLoud this week, the Trojans play unbeaten and 10th-ranked Harrah, then fourth-ranked Glenpool.
"Experience is our best teacher right now," Alexander said. "There's still room to grow. I knew we would have a chance to be competitive."
With only two teams, Broken Bow and Wagoner, ranked ahead of them, the Trojans still have all of their goals in front of them, especially the chance to do what last year's team fell just short of — winning the gold ball.
"Our goals are always high," Cobb said, "and they'll always be high."