Isaac Maselera's third-grade football team was one shy of a full squad.
"We only had 10 people,” he said. "Everyone else had at least 11, but we just went ahead and played with our 10.”
Despite the roster shortage, the team did well. Then a lot of people came to a conclusion that's been realized many times since — Maselera's considerable talents count for more than one person.
Now, heading into his senior season at Glenpool, the defensive back is expecting big things.
"I want to have the best season I've had and for the team to do well,” he said. "The team, that's really my focus.”
Maselera, who also spends some time at running back and returns kicks, gives Glenpool the chance to return to its powerhouse ways of 2007 and 2008, when it played for the Class 4A state championship.
Maselera was a sophomore on the 2008 squad and had a breakout season. Enough to draw the attention of Oklahoma State and get a scholarship offer just two months into his junior campaign.
"I've always grown up loving OSU,” said Maselera. "My mom (Donna) graduated from there and my aunt, too. It's the perfect place for me.”
Glenpool went 9-2 last year but exited the playoffs in the first round.