The game of football has always had a hold on Sam Crabtree, but it had to pull Nick Coffey back in. And now, the two most similar players on McGuinness’ team want precisely the same thing from the game: the satisfaction of being the best.
Crabtree’s obsession with perfection is always immediate. Coffey’s desire for ultimate achievement is more big-picture. But both can reach their goal Saturday with a win over Glenpool in the Class 4A state championship game.
Crabtree and Coffey are seldom seen apart on the football field. They both play receiver and are the Irish’s starting corners. Crabtree, a 5-11, 160-pound junior, has already been a part of two McGuinness state football championships, in 2006 and 2007. Coffey has helped the Irish win a pair of state titles as well — but they came on the basketball court. The 5-11, 175-pound senior found himself being drawn back to the gridiron last summer.
"I just missed it,” said Coffey, who has more than 60 tackles, an interception and a touchdown catch this season. "I saw how much fun my friends were having playing football. I know what it’s like to win a state championship in basketball, but it would be a completely different experience to do it in football.”
Crabtree’s constant search for success is derived from fierce competitiveness and grand expectations.