Preseason practices didn't get off to the start first-year Midwest City coach Darrell Hall wanted.
Quarterback Joel Davis, who threw for more than 1,500 yards in helping lead the Bombers to an undefeated regular season as a junior, suffered an arm injury in a baseball game two days before practice began and was lost for the year.
In his place, the Bombers will turn to junior Kilby McGuire.
Hall, who came to Midwest City after winning titles at both Tulsa Washington and Star Spencer, said he was looking for ways to use McGuire offensively anyway.
“We were going to try to get Kilby in the game, every game, and not just in mop-up duty,” Hall said.
McGuire also got plenty of experience with the first team over the summer when Davis was playing baseball.
McGuire's top targets through the air figure to be seniors Cornell Neal and Zac Brannon.
Neal will also play safety.
“He's solid,” Hall said. “He just makes plays on both sides. I think he's ready for a breakout season.”
Brannon has impressed Hall with his improvements since the spring.
“He worked really hard this summer to get better,” Hall said. “He's doing a great job of catching balls and making plays.”
But like most Midwest City teams recently, the run figures to be the Bombers' bread and butter this season.