District 2A-1 football preview: Hennessey hungry for another title

Hennessey hungry for another title. Players have rededicated themselves to raising another gold ball.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 15, 2013
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photo - CELEBRATE / CELEBRATION: The Hennessey Eagles raise the gold ball trophy after the Class 2A high school football state championship game between Jones and Hennessey at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Hennessey won, 21-7. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
CELEBRATE / CELEBRATION: The Hennessey Eagles raise the gold ball trophy after the Class 2A high school football state championship game between Jones and Hennessey at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Hennessey won, 21-7. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

After missing out on a third straight championship last season, Hennessey's players have rededicated themselves to raising another gold ball.

The Eagles rolled to the district championship, but ran into a buzz saw in Vian in the playoffs.

“There was no question about it; it was probably one of the best 2A teams I had seen in a long time,” Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen said. “They just physically outplayed us that night and they were the better football team, no doubt. We just felt like it was maybe just a little bit of lack of confidence on our part going on, which we haven't experienced that in a long time.

“I think what it's done is it made them more hungry coming back this year because we did miss that opportunity last year. The last two years after winning it, it's a little different because you come in with a little different mindset.”

Hennessey returns seven starters on offense, but is looking to replace leading rusher Levi Hill. Luetjen said senior William Arndt, who backed up Hill last season, will take over at tailback and has the ability to step in and not miss a beat.

COACHES' POPULAR PICKS: ALVA, HENNESSEY

The general consensus among the coaches was Hennessey and Alva being the top two teams in the district.

But Alva coach Bruce Dollar still sees Hennessey as the favorite. The real problem for the coaches was selecting teams after those in the poll.

“We're going to be in the mix and then I think all of the rest of the teams are just about the same,” Dollar said. “It's hard to pick one over the other.”

PAIR OF DUOS RETURN FOR ALVA

Alva returns four dynamic players this season, and two of them are on each side of the ball.


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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