/articleid/3390191/1/pictures/635073"> Coach Cory Bales’ Morrison Wildcats are picked fourth in the district in our coaches’ poll. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Morrison graduated 12 seniors, losing a lot of talent and experience from just about every position.
Bales has a lot of faith in this year’s squad.
"We’ve got a team that’s going to be a young group of kids, but it’s their time,” he said. "Our success filters down to the younger kids. There’s a lot of responsibility to win because a lot of people have done it before them. We like our chances to have a great season as we do every year, and we expect to go out and win.”
Morrison, Tonkawa and Woodland all finished 8-1 in the district last season. District coaches picked Tonkawa to finish on top this year.
Bales said the team is concentrating solely on just making the playoffs.
"It’s a very difficult district with some very talented teams,” Bales said. "So if you make it to playoffs, your team went through some great battles, the kids were tested and you’ll know how they will react in tough situations. And once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen.”