District 3A-7 football preview: Beggs kicker Daniel Bond a game-changer; Victory Christian fills out staff
Not many high school teams have a kicker who can reliably change the game. But Beggs coach Bob Craig thinks his kicker Daniel Bond can do just that.
District 3A-7 Coaches' Poll 1. Checotah (8-3) 2. Roland (6-5) 3. Okmulgee (6-5) 4. Beggs (7-5) 5. Keys (5-5) 6. Victory Christian (0-10) 7. Henryetta (1-9)
Bond can reliably send kick-offs to the opponent's goal line, which is an automatic touchback in high school football.
"It adds a lot to your game when you have a player like that," he said. "When the offense has 80 yards to go, it makes it a lot easier on your defense."
Bonds' field-goal kicking ability also adds a dimension to the team's offense, Craig said.
"We know that even getting inside the 30-yard line gives us a chance to get three points," he said. "When you can do that, it changes the way the defense has to play and gives you more options on offense."
Victory Christian fills out coaching staff
Last season, Brent Marley's coaching staff at Victory Christian was undermanned with only four coaches. That meant more work and responsibilities for each coach, something that negatively affected their ability to work with the players and contributed to the team's 0-10 season, Marley said.
"Things weren't as fine-tuned," said Marley, who has added three coaches to his staff this summer. "It helps a lot when a coach only has one or two things to focus on."