DAVIS — Jody Weber calls his small southern Oklahoma community of Davis one of the best high school football towns in the country.
“There might be some that are just as good, but there aren’t any that are better,” Weber said.
Weber is referring to the passion and support surrounding the Class 2A program that he and his father Joe have built into a powerhouse.
Since 1988 it’s been either Joe or Jody in charge of the Wolves’ program. Joe, now an assistant at Ada, guided the school to titles in 1990 and 1995. Jody took over in 2001 and won his first title last season with four previous runner-up finishes.
The consistency within the coaching staff, and its style of offense, has been essential to Davis’ five state championships.
The school won its first state title in 1979 running the triple option under coach Mickey Hoy. The offense hasn’t changed since.
Hoy guided the Wolves to another title in 1986 with Joe on staff as an assistant.
Even as the age of the spread offense began to take over, the Webers kept the triple option going despite most of the world giving up on the philosophy.
“A college recruiter once told me it’s like there’s been a fence built around Davis and some of the outside stuff has stayed out,” said Jody Weber. “We’ve had just three coaches here for a long, long time and not much has changed.”
The current version of the triple option in use at Davis is primarily based out of the wishbone formation, which was made widely popular by Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma teams.
“There’s been wrinkles with it, but the basis of our offense has always been the triple option,” Weber said. “If we can’t do that, we aren’t going to be successful. We’re never going to stop doing that. We have other things that we do, but it’s all based on our ability to run that play.”
Davis also currently has one of its most successful quarterbacks ever running the offense in senior Blake Summers, who led the Wolves in rushing with 1,800 yards last season.
“I like when I get a chance to pass it, but this is Davis,” Summers said. “We’ve always been a running team. Ever since seventh grade you start learning that offense. People are trying to switch up their offense all the time and we’ve stuck to ours. It’s been good for a long time.”
Weber says he’s never been a big proponent of scheme. Instead, success at Davis has been built around repetition and the players’ ability to understand their responsibilities.
“We like to say what we do is unique, some people may say antiquated, but it works here because it’s always worked here,” Weber said. “It’s something that our kids identify with and our community identifies with. Our offense, it’s not a fun way to practice, but it works here for those reasons.”