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Class 2A football: The more things change, the more they stay the same at Davis

MAKING OF A CHAMPION: CONTINUITY — Since 1988 it’s been either Joe or Jody Weber in charge of the Wolves’ program. The consistency within the coaching staff, and its style of offense, has been essential to Davis’ five state championships.
by Trent Shadid Published: August 25, 2014
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photo - Davis football coach Jody Weber poses for a photo with the Class 2A championship trophy at the school in Davis, Okla. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman  CHRIS LANDSBERGER
Davis football coach Jody Weber poses for a photo with the Class 2A championship trophy at the school in Davis, Okla. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman CHRIS LANDSBERGER

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.

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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