It's one thing to lose your final game, it's another to see one of your best players get severely injured in it.
That was the case for Hominy as linebacker Austin Jones tore up his knee in the last game of the Bucks' season.
But after a vigorous rehab, Jones, now a junior, will be back.
"He is a tough, tough football player," Harmon said. "He's gained about 10-12 pounds, and he'll be ready to go."
That's not the only good thing for Hominy, as Harmon said this year's team has shown better team unity. It started in the summer workouts, where the Bucks had a great turnout for their summer conditioning program.
Morrison ready to rebound
No, that was not a misprint. After all the success Morrison has had recently, the Wildcats uncharacteristically struggled to a 3-7 record in 2009.
While it was tough for Bales and his players last year, it's made them that much stronger this year.
"We're mentally tougher," Bales said. "We learned a lot from last year. Things just aren't going to be given to you. It was an eye opener and put things in perspective."
Bales said the strength will be up front as all five starters return on the offensive line, which should make things easier for running back Jake Walls, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season. Linebacker Klancy Foote leads the way defensively.
Coaches poll for District A-7 1. Woodland (7-4) 2. Hominy (6-5) 3. Morrison (3-7) 4. Barnsdall (5-5) 5. Yale (2-8) 6. Liberty (3-7) 7. Drumright (3-7) Note: No teams new to district. 2009 record in parentheses.