EDMOND — There was something about the way last season ended that doesn’t sit well with Oklahoma Christian School quarterback Jack Warren.
OCS lost to Tonkawa, which was a big disappointment, but it was the way the offense played in the 9-7 defeat that is one of the more enduring images of last season.
"I think we learned a lot last year,” said Warren, a junior. "We were pretty young and we had won 10 in a row going into that game. We didn’t play as well as we could have.”
Warren still played pretty well in 2008. He passed for 2,046 yards and 19 touchdowns. He threw just six interceptions in 276 attempts. Backed by 1,200-yard rusher Jeff Smith, OCS should be potent on offense.
"Jack made a lot of progress last year,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. "He became more of a leader and he became a smarter player.”
Warren wants to go for 2,500 yards this year. He participated in a 7-on-7 league this summer to help improve his game.
"I think I’ve changed a lot as a player,” he said. "We run the spread and I’ve learned more and more about coverages.”
But more than anything, he wants to win. Warren said no amount of statistical success can make up for that and help the Saints take the step the team couldn’t take last season.
"More than anything it’s about getting those wins,” he said. "None of it really matters without that, and I think we’re going to surprise some people. We’ve had a really good off-season.”