MIDWEST CITY — Trying to comprehend the 2012 season of Midwest City football is hard for anyone who understands the history of the program.
Once the most dominant big-school football team in the state, the Bombers won three games a year ago, and gave up 35 points per game.
While the offense has been a work in progress this season, the defense is back to playing old-school Bomber football.
Through 10 games, No. 1-ranked Jenks has allowed 123 total points. The seventh-ranked Bombers have allowed 126 — and eight of those points came courtesy of a safety on the offense and a kick return against the special teams.
With the defense on the field, Midwest City gave up just 118 total points in the regular season. Last year's 351 points allowed might be the worst single season in Bomber history, and a year later, they're one of the best defenses in Class 6A.
“We wanted to bring the old Midwest City back,” linebacker Bryan Hartfield said. “Tradition has been a huge part of our motivation. We're going back to what we used to be, and that starts with good defense.”
No running back has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game against the Bombers, and only two teams have done so — none in the last eight weeks. Only one quarterback — Alabama commit David Cornwell of Norman North — threw for more than 200.
First-year defensive coordinator Jason Sexton has utilized a multiple-look defense that is strong at all three levels, focusing strongly on taking the ball away. Combining interceptions, fumble recoveries and turnovers on downs, the Bomber defense has handed the ball back to its offense 48 times this season — not counting the six defensive touchdowns off takeaways.
“We do the little things to win games,” safety Will Sunderland said. “I just love it being out there with my teammates. We're hitting people and winning games. We like the feeling of it.”
Added defensive end Connor Kinsey: “Our goal from the start was to be the No. 1 defense in the state. We knew we would be doubted. I don't think people saw this coming. It's been really fun.”