"It’s new territory for most of these guys, and I think it’s been surprising for some of them,” coach Bruce Gowen
said. "Every little move is watched. You can’t skip a rep in the weight room.”
Quarterback Will Long
and running backs Antonio Stayton
and Brian Mills
have had limited varsity experience in their career but have become the leaders for this year’s Wolves team.
"For the most part, it’s been good, and it’s getting better every day,” Gowen said.
Santa Fe plays rival Edmond North on Friday night.
Wide open district
The district’s coaches didn’t agree on a whole lot while filling in their predicted finishes. About half of the teams received first-place votes.
"It’s a tough one to pick,” Breeze said. "You know Mustang’s going to be real good offensively, and you know Edmond Santa Fe and Putnam North will have similar type kids and will be solid. But there are a lot of other teams that have a chance to be pretty good.”
One of those is Del City. Despite a long playoff drought, the Eagles have been drawing attention as the season approaches.
"They’ve got those good skill position guys on offense, but they’re also a physical team on defense,” Breeze said. "They’ll get after you.”