Bill Bays doesn’t want his team written about. He doesn’t want them talked about. Yet. For Bays, attention should be earned, and after a 2-8 season in his first year as the head coach at Choctaw, the Yellowjackets haven’t done that.
"I’m just a believer that to the victor go the spoils,” Bays said. "The successful teams get the bulk of the press, and I accept that.” Not that he won’t take what he can get. "I don’t think it’d be a detriment, but I just think to earn that attention, we need to win some games,” Bays said. "People don’t want to read about teams that are losing games.” Bays doesn’t see the Yellowjackets dethroning Tulsa Union in the near future, but instead, the focus is on improvement, and establishing what Choctaw has never had: tradition. "The mindset needs to change,” Bays said. "Success breeds success, and we haven’t had a lot of that to draw from.”
Experience gainedLast season, Stillwater reached the 6A state quarterfinals with a freshman quarterback. In Jeremy Littell’s sophomore season, Stillwater coach Rusty Atkins is looking forward to having fewer growing pains. "He had his freshman moments,” Atkins said. "It’s always tough with a young quarterback, but he took the reins like a gentleman.”
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