At first, nobody talked to him because he's so quiet,” Clark said of Ward. “When he first came, the first couple days of practice, he wasn't talking. You could tell he was a quiet person.
“But now he's a part of the family, so everybody's getting used to him.”
Once you start talking about the possibilities for a defense with two defensive ends of their caliber, you see their eyes light up with a gold-ball glimmer.
Ward has been deep into the playoffs in Class 6A at Lawton, getting taken out by the powerhouse programs in the Tulsa area.
“My first three years ended with a bitter taste in my mouth,” Ward said. “Maybe this year I can get over the hump with the guys. We're all gonna have that same motivation going forward.”
Clark tasted a championship as a freshman, but saw last season end with an embarrassing first-round upset.
“I learned how hard it is to get there,” Clark said. “It doesn't come overnight. We started it this summer and I think we'll be able to get back where we were.”