MIDWEST CITY — Midwest City has a history of having some of the toughest defenders in the state.
The Bombers' reputation didn't take a hit in that department with the performances of Dominque Jones and Emmanuel Maxwell last season.
The two combined for 298 tackles and 18 sacks, and Maxwell was named The Oklahoman's Defensive Player of the Year.
But those weren't the only stars in coach Steve Huff's crew. It would have been easy to be forgotten, but defensive end Trevon Lewis's play kept him from being looked over.
Lewis was content to let Jones and Maxwell and the rest of last year's seniors anchor the team and be the leaders.
That won't be the case this year, and the leadership role already looks like a natural fit for Lewis.
"I know I'm going to have to step up more this year, and I'm excited about getting that opportunity,” Lewis said.
The Bombers aren't worried about Lewis taking his game to that next level.
It's not like he hasn't been prepared for this.
Though going against players much bigger and stronger, Lewis was a starter his sophomore season and is entering his third year as a defensive starter.
Lewis has made strides each year. He had 73 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions last season.