Atoka quarterback’s numbers command attentionSome high school quarterbacks call 629 passing yards a season. For Atoka junior L.T. Pfaff, it was a game. In the Wampus Cats’ 52-39 win over Marietta last season, Pfaff completed 42 of 55 passes for eight touchdowns to go with his new state record. The record he broke? His own 569-yard performance from five weeks earlier. "He’s on pace to break the career record, he just needs 2,500 or 2,600 yards the next two seasons,” Atoka coach Forrest Mazey said. Not something you’d expect from a 5-10, 150-pound quarterback. "He’s not really flashy, but he makes our team go,” Mazey said. "And when he does it, he gets everybody involved.” Pfaff’s efforts have attracted attention from spread offense enthusiasts around the country, including June Jones at SMU and Todd Graham at Tulsa.
Sticking aroundThings are finally a little familiar in the offseason for the seniors at Coalgate. Frank Howard took the job before last season and became the program’s fourth coach in four years. "Spring was a new experience for these guys, finally not having to learn anything new,” Howard said. "They’ll finally be able to take a second step, which is really all you can ask for.” The Wildcats will try to improve on last season’s 4-6 record with 18 returning starters, highlighted by quarterback/defensive back Dale Powell and running back/linebacker Shay Loudermilk, who finished last season with 105 tackles. Coalgate opens their season Sept. 4 at home against Stratford.
New face at PlainviewChris Berus is finally getting his chance. Berus’ first head coaching job will come at Plainview, a team headlined by three-year starter at running back, Lane Sprouse. Last season, the Indians were 9-2 and finished in a three-way tie for first in 2A-4 with Sulphur and Davis. Berus will close his first season with the district’s two traditional powers, but first he’ll have to settle on a quarterback. Seniors Wes Davis and Blaine Elliott will compete for the job in preseason practices. "We’re replacing a lot, but we’re going to focus on finding out what we do well early,” Berus said.
Atoka quarterback’s numbers command attention