District C-1 preview: Shattuck dynasty under new command
New Shattuck coach Seth Mills has a tough act to follow and a talented group of graduates to replace.
Over the past 11 seasons, Shattuck's football program has turned into a dynasty.
Spanning from 2003-08, the Indians won six consecutive state titles, accounting for a majority of their incredible 93-game win streak that wasn't broken until the 2009 season. It remains a national record for eight-man football.
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District C-1 coaches' poll
1. Shattuck (12-1)
2. Forgan (6-5)
3. Sharon-Mutual (10-3)
4. Balko (5-5)
5. Tyrone (5-5)
6. Buffalo (4-5)
7. Boise City (3-7)
8. Waynoka (1-8)
9. Goodwell (0-10)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses
After that 2008 title, Shattuck took a two-year break from its stranglehold on Class C. But last year, the Indians shook off an early season loss and brought home another championship, beating Tipton 48-30 in the title game.
It was Troy Bullard's seventh state championship as the Shattuck coach. But after 11 seasons, and an amazing 135-9 record, Bullard left the program he built.
And now, new coach Seth Mills must replace a coaching legend.
“Obviously, it's a great opportunity,” Mills said. “This is the type of program you want to be a part of.”
But for the Indians to repeat, Mills will have to fill the voids left by a talented group of graduates.
“I'm excited, I like how we look,” Mills said. “Like any team, we are going to need some young guys to step up. But I like the talent and we've gotten to know each other quick.”
SHARON-MUTUAL IN THE CROSSHAIRS
Last season, Sharon-Mutual entered conference play disheartened and disappointed.
Expecting to have a big year, the Trojans sputtered immediately, losing their first two games by a combined score of 123-72.
But as district play began, the senior-heavy group turned things around and won District C-1 with a perfect 8-0 record. That included an impressive 38-22 win over Shattuck, handing the team that went on to win Class C its only loss.
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