District A-7 notebook: Close group of Barnsdall seniors looking for victories

JAMES CORLEY Published: August 4, 2009
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A group of 15 seniors is working to earn some wins this season for Barnsdall. Making up more than half of the Panthers’ team of 24, the tight-knit group has played together through the system and appears ready, according to coach Billy Gates.

"This will be our best chance to win for a couple of years,” Gates said. "This is it for us for a while.”

Gates said the group has really clicked. More importantly, they are willing to do whatever it takes.

Gates asked one of his players to move from tailback to slot receiver because another player would fit better at tailback for what the team wants to do.

"It was an adjustment we needed to make us successful,” Gates said. "He just went with it and said, ‘Hey, whatever’s best for the team.’ Right now, nobody puts themselves above the team, and we need to keep that.”

TALENT VS. EXPERIENCE
Depth and versatility at the running back position are two strengths coach Scott Harmon pointed out for Hominy. The Bucks have a lot of talent at the position, led by Channing Tardiff.

Tardiff returns after knee surgery that kept him sidelined all last season. However, Tardiff and the other backs and receivers lack game experience, which could keep the Bucks from being as successful.

Hominy finished 9-4 last season, 6-3 in the district, and lost in the quarterfinals. Harmon hopes the talent he has at key positions will be enough to overcome the inexperience.