District A-7 preview: Morrison ready to reload

JAMES CORLEY Published: August 4, 2009
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MORRISON — Morrison is one of the most successful Class B high school football programs in Oklahoma history. The Wildcats hold the state record of 90 straight wins and seven consecutive state titles.

Last season the Wildcats faced a new challenge to their success: class change.

Morrison moved from 8-man Class B into one of Class A’s most competitive 11-man districts for the 2008 season. There was speculation about whether the Wildcats could continue their success in 11-man football.

The speculation didn’t last long. Morrison won the Class A state championship, extending its current streak to four titles after winning three straight in Class B before the move.

"We went into Class A with a pretty good team,” coach Cory Bales said. "The changeover wasn’t that difficult. We made some minor adjustments and let the kids just go play.”

Bales said his players’ attitudes toward the game were major contributors to the seamless transition from 8-man to 11-man.

"They expect to win when they go out there. They expect success,” Bales said. "They’re used to winning and know how to work hard to get victories.”

The Wildcats might have to work a little harder to get as many victories this coming season.



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