Madill reminds players of last year's exit
Signs featuring last season's playoff game score and the words "Are you satisfied?" are draped on every weight rack in Madill's weight room. A constant reminder to Wildcat players of the disappointment they felt after losing in the first round.
Madill was undefeated and the district champion heading into the Class 3A playoffs, but the Wildcats took a first-round loss to Blanchard that many saw as an upset.
"That was not an upset," coach Kerry Roberts said. "They were better than us that night."
Madill now returns seven starters on a defense that gave up 72 points all of last season. They have five starters returning on offense.
What is Roberts' goal for this season?
"I don't care about going 10-0 or winning districts, our goal is to advance in the playoffs," Roberts said.
Purcell's dynamic duo
Most know about Purcell quarterback Cole Swayze, but his counterpart in the backfield is making a name for himself as well.
Running back Damian Shea rushed for 1,013 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009 as a sophomore.
Shea and Swayze are both juniors now, and with two 1,000 yard rushers the Dragons could give defenses fits all season.
Shea hasn't gotten the love that Swayze is receiving from the big schools yet, but another 1,000-yard season should do the trick.
Sulphur's depth could be issue
High school coaches have to deal with kids transferring and graduating every year, but Sulphur coach Jim Dixon doesn't have to replace much of anything this season.
The problem is the number of players. Dixon has to spell his 17 returning starters, nine on defense.
"Our weakness would have to be a lack of depth," Dixon said.
Starting quarterback Ty Williams, a junior who passed for 700 yards and ran for 500 more last year, is returning with more experience under center. Williams also lines up at defensive back for the Bulldogs.
District 3A-2 coaches' poll 1. Madill (10-1) 2. Purcell (9-3) 3. Plainview* (8-3) 4. Pauls Valley (5-6) 5. Sulphur* (6-5) 6. Lone Grove (5-5) 7. Dickson (4-6) *denotes new school to district