Newcastle went 8-4 last season, advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
This year, expectations are even higher for the Racers. One of the starters back is senior quarterback Blake Woodard (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), who threw for 1,132 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010.
One big game Newcastle has circled on its calendar is Week 2, Sept. 9 at home against rival Tuttle. The Tigers have beaten the Racers seven straight years.
How are things looking this year for you guys?
“This year's gonna be big for us. We had a big year last year, going to the second round of the playoffs, and we're just going to work to build off of that.”
How were offseason workouts?
“We did pretty good in the offseason this year. Guys showed up, worked hard and I think it's going to pay off this season.”
What are some games you guys are looking forward to?
“I'm not trying to overlook (Week 1) Pauls Valley, but our next two games are Tuttle and Blanchard. Then, right after that, we've got Kingfisher.
“We've got a tough schedule. It's one of the toughest in 3A in my opinion, but I think we should do pretty good.”
I know Tuttle is the big rival. Can you talk about that game?
“Tuttle has had our number for quite some time, but I think this year is the year that we can beat them.”
What does it mean to you to be a Newcastle Racer, with all the tradition and pageantry?
“Being called a Newcastle Racer is something that gets me all fired up. My dad played for Newcastle. It's a small-town environment; it's a football town. It's really cool. Once football season hits, the whole town comes to watch us.”