It's tough not to cheer for Moore and Coach Scott Myers

by Jenni Carlson Published: September 29, 2011

MOORE — Sports media types are supposed to stay neutral. No cheering for a team. No pulling for a victory.

Thing is, I can't help myself.

I'm cheering for the football team at Moore High School. I'm pulling for Scott Myers and his guys. And I'm not apologizing for it.

That became obvious last Friday night. When I heard the score of Moore's game against Choctaw, I let out a whoop and I didn't feel the least bit guilty about it. Nothing against the fine folks from Choctaw, but Moore's 27-9 victory is the ultimate feel-good story.

Over is Moore's 24-game losing streak, and no one deserved to have such drudgery come to an end more than Myers.

He has been battling cancer for almost two years.

When I went to Moore earlier this week to talk to Myers about the big win, he turned everything toward the players. How they hung in there even when things didn't go well early. How they refused to allow any doubts to creep into their minds. How they came up with turnovers and took advantage of them.

“They're excited,” Myers said. “A little more bounce.”

The coach has a bit more pep in his step these days, too, and it's not just because of the victory.

Diagnosed with renal kidney cancer in Jan. 2010, Myers was only a few months removed from high-dose radiation treatments last season. He endured the aggressive blasts because the cancer had metastasized and spread all over his body. His hip. His shoulder. His spine.

Then came chemotherapy. The drug zapped the pigment right out of his hair. His eyes were sunken, his cheeks gaunt, his eyebrows and eyelashes colorless.

His wife said he looked like a little grandpa.

His mom broke down when she saw his picture in the game day program.

But now?

The color and the life are returning to Myers' face. He has the glow of a guy who not only is always on the football field but also was on the golf course every day this summer.

That wasn't something he did a year ago when he was so fatigued and so pained.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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