Trey Sanchez's first head coaching gig is less of a job and more of a project.
Following last season's 0-10 disappointment, Oklahoma Christian Academy and former coach Keith Laugh parted ways, clearing the path for Sanchez, one of Laugh's assistants.
Helping out with the offensive schemes the past few seasons, Sanchez has some experience with these players, dating back to when he coached a number of them to success at the junior varsity level.
But he's walking into an entirely different situation now.
Sanchez takes over a program that was 2-18 over the past two seasons and 7-41 in its past five, coming within single digits only once during a winless 2010.
“No question, we have a lot to work on,” Sanchez said. “But all the boys are coming in with the right attitude and it seems like everything is going in the right direction.”
An immediate playoff berth seems far-fetched, but Sanchez said his senior-filled team is confident in a quick turnaround.
“The attitude we have is to win the state title,” Sanchez said. “Now, we may have different week-to-week goals, but if you don't think you can win each game you play, you don't have the right mindset.”
Allen trying to get over hump
Over the past three seasons, Allen has turned into a fringe playoff team, making perennial noise but never becoming a concrete threat.
In 2009, the Mustangs won three of their final four regular season games, squeaking in with a 7-3 record before falling in the first round.
In 2010 and 2011, the script flipped, with Allen losing three of its final four games, finishing 6-4 and narrowly missing out on a playoff berth both seasons.
For the Mustangs, a realistic 2012 goal would be returning to the playoffs, but coach Kenny Deaton is thinking past that.
“Obviously your main focus is to get into the playoffs; that's what you work for all season,” Deaton said. “But we would also like to do more than that. Get in and see what happens.”
Fox reigns supreme
Class B runner-up Davenport rolled through District 2 last season, winning all nine league games by at least 22 points.
But realignment has given the battered foes a reprieve, sending traditionally dominant Davenport to District B-4 and replacing them with teams that have a far lighter track record.
The biggest beneficiary of Davenport's new home will be Fox.
In the past two seasons, Fox ended league play 8-1, good enough for second place. And both seasons, an undefeated Davenport was the only team ahead of them, handing Fox its only loss both times.
“Fox has been really good the last couple years,” OCA coach Trey Sanchez said. “Now with Davenport gone, Fox will be the team to beat.”
District B-2 coaches' poll
1. Fox (10-2)
2. Paoli (8-3)
3. Allen (6-4)
4. Waurika (2-8)
5. Alex (5-6)
6. Cyril (6-4)
7. Central (5-5)
8. Geary (2-8)
9. Macomb (2-8)
10. Oklahoma Christian Academy (0-10)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses