STILLWATER — Tucker Barnard is trying to change the culture at Stillwater High School.
The new football coach and athletic director is excited by the talent he has inherited and fully expects the Pioneers, who went 1-9 last year, to compete this season.
Back is quarterback Jerame Littell, who threw for 2,878 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, as well as his dynamic receiving duo — seniors Cory Hassell and Jesse Vester, who combined for 2,070 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2010.
Barnard said a big key this season will be consistency.
“In our practices and camps, we have made some great plays,” Barnard said. “But what we have to get better at is making the average play over and over again.”
Also back for the Pioneers is senior running back Davion Carter, who rushed for 1,050 yards and eight scores last year.
The Pioneers return three starters on their offensive line — seniors Erik Christiansen (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), Taylor Craig (6-4, 282) and Paul Wilson (6-2, 208).
“We're still kind of making some moves on the offensive line,” Barnard said. “We're just trying to find the best combination, but we have some other kids that are playing well.”