Sophomore wide receiver Austin Hawthorne “has good speed and great hands,” Mueggenberg said.
Ryan has played in five state championship games in school history but never won a title. Mueggenberg thinks this group of players has a chance to make history someday.
“I am very excited about this coming year, and I am very excited about the next three years,” he said.
A RIVALRY RENEWED
While Ryan's game with Tipton this season might determine the district champ, it's not the most important game to the fans.
That game is Ryan's season opener against Waurika, which is dropping from 11-man football to eight-man this year.
Ryan and Waurika are only nine miles apart. Local residents have told Mueggenberg that if he only wins one game this season, it better be that one.
The two schools haven't played a football game against each other in 20 years “but they all talk like it was yesterday,” Mueggenberg said.
The folks in Jefferson County are looking forward to the season opener, he said.
“Everybody in Jefferson County will be there,” he said. “It will set the tone the whole year for us, I guarantee you that.”
CHANGING THE CULTURE IN CEMENT
New Cement head football coach Matt Seid returns to Oklahoma this season after two years coaching in Ohio.
Seid previously spent six seasons at Cache before leaving for Ohio, three as the school's head coach.
He is returning to Oklahoma to be closer to family and will try to build a program in Cement, which has never had a winning football season, including going 0-9 last year.
The biggest obstacle he faces is getting the kids to believe in themselves.
“If we can get over the mental hurdle, we will be OK,” Seid said. “We will compete on Friday nights.”
Wide receiver Cody White will be the “go to” guy on offense. Cement's new quarterback played for Seid in Ohio.
Anthony Muse's mother accepted a nurse's position in Chickasha, and the family moved from Ohio to Cement. Muse was a running back at his Ohio high school.
“We don't have the horses up front to play smash mouth,” Seid said. “We are going to try and spread the field and take advantage of our athleticism as best we can.”
CLOUD RESUMES WHAT HE STARTED
Corn Bible has a new head football coach, but he's a familiar face.
Curt Cloud started the football program at Corn Bible Academy, and he is taking over at the school where he also is the superintendent.
Corn Bible returns eight starters on both sides of the ball and is eyeing a return to the playoffs after a one-year absence.
The club received a setback in May when senior quarterback Scott Vick broke his leg playing basketball. Vick's return by the season opener is questionable but he should be able to play soon afterward.
Running back Andrew Troyer is considered one of the best players in the state, and Cloud is optimistic entering this season.
“We've got potential,” he said.