Oklahoma Christian Academy building football field
When OCA's players take the field for their Sept. 3 game against the OKC Patriots, it will be their first on the school's first football field.
"They're pretty excited about the chance," OCA coach Keith Lough said. "We've been practicing on an elementary school field behind our place so far."
The team has previously been forced to practice and play all its games off-campus, something that hasn't been easy.
"The field we're at isn't bad and it's big enough to mark out what we need, but it will be great to have our own field now," Lough said.
Davenport unfamiliar with new district
Davenport will compete in District B-2 this year after playing last season in B-3. With the change comes a new, and unfamiliar, schedule.
"We don't really know what to expect," Davenport coach John Greenfield said. "We've had to ask a lot of questions about the teams here. It (realignment) has been kind of musical chairs."
District realignment notwithstanding, Greenfield expects his team to be prepared for the season.
"We only have 20 kids, so we won't have a lot of depth," he said. "But we've got some experience and we're looking forward to the season."
Bowlegs relying on work ethic, teamwork
Bowlegs doesn't plan to win games on the back of a lot of speed or a bruising ground game. What they do plan to do is play harder than their opponents.
"We're going to have to outwork people," Bowlegs coach Scott Douthit said. "We're going to have to buckle down and just do things the right way to win."
While the team doesn't have a lot of depth, Douthit said the players he has work well together.
"In the past, we've had some kids who were kind of out there for themselves," he said. "The ones I've got now all play well together and in the system. I've got a good core of a team."
District B-2 Coaches' Poll 1. Davenport (10-2) 2. Fox (7-3) 3. Alex (6-5) 4. Sasakwa (8-3) 5. Bowlegs (2-8) 6. Oklahoma Christian Aca. (3-7) 7. Central Marlow (3-7) 8. Paoli (4-6) 9. Cyril (2-8) 10. Macomb (0-10) 2009 record in parentheses