He talks about it as a side note to what he hopes is a stellar senior year, but Atoka quarterback L.T. Pfaff knows people outside the Wampus Cat locker room will be more concerned with his pursuit of state history.
Pfaff is fewer than 1,500 yards away from breaking former Owasso quarterback Paul Smith's record of 9,574 yards. He could reach the mark as early as Week 5 and could make a run at becoming the state's first 10,000-yard passer.
"I just go out and play the game, and let the numbers come after that," the 5-foot-10, Pfaff said. "Coach (Forrest Mazey) tells me to just throw the ball, get it to the wide receivers and let them make plays.
"I just try to go out and have fun."
The top targets this season for the left-handed gunslinger include B.J. Clayton — who has received some NCAA Division I attention — Trey Stephens, Caon Brooks and Jordan Harrison, all of whom are fourth-year starter.
Seminole favored in new district
This year's champion in District 3A-8 will be the first, now that Class 3A has doubled in size from its previous four districts.
And Seminole is the coaches' pick for the district title, despite a 4-7 record a year ago in Class 4A against a schedule that included seven top-10 teams in their respective classes from 3A-5A.
But coaches know not to count out a Mike Snyder team for long. District opponents voted the Chieftains a near-unanimous No. 1 in 3A-8, thanks in part to an experienced backfield and solid defense.
Junior Garrett Clark is back at quarterback for the third season, having thrown for more than 2,000 yards in his career, with senior running back Tristan Johnson healthy after missing last year with an injury. But the offensive line and receiver corps will be made up of several new faces.
Seniors Eric Walker and Timmy Rogers anchor the defense at linebacker where Walker has been the team's leading tackler the last two years.
Stigler, having already lost its starting running back for the season, will rely heavily on an experienced quarterback and offensive line. QB Jarret Radford threw for 3,185 yards and 32 touchdowns, while Mike Montano and Jake Upton anchor the O-line. ... Valliant has its top three rushers returning in QB Dylan Parker and backs Chris Moore and Jonathan Welch, a trio that accounted for 2,301 yards and 32 TDs. Parker is being recruited by D-I and D-II programs as an athlete.
District 3A-8 coaches' poll
1. Seminole (4-7)
2. Stigler (8-4)
3. Eufaula (2-8)
4. Atoka (6-5)
5. (tie) Valliant (8-3)
5. (tie) Idabel (2-8)
7. Spiro (5-6)
8. Hugo (5-5)
Note: 2009 record in parentheses