Over the past few seasons, constant maneuvering has shuffled around the eight-man Oklahoma high school football districts.
With the dust finally settled after this year's moves, District C-4 has a new look. Southwest Covenant joins from C-3, and Thackerville, previously in C-2, comes with them, immediately vaulting to the district favorite.
Southwest Covenant coach Bill Martin said the fresh start provides an exciting opportunity.
“I don't know their coaching procedures or coaching theories, so it will be considerably different,” Martin said. “Should be a nice change.”
The only problem for Southwest Covenant, located in Mustang, is the travel. Several of the district's other teams are located in southern Oklahoma.
“The only rough part will be the driving,” Martin said. “That's a lot of miles and a lot of time.”
Last season, Martin decided to change the philosophy of the Southwest Covenant program.
In the past, Martin liked to go with an experienced leader at quarterback, starting seniors both of the previous seasons. But despite some success, he felt the constant change of leadership was stalling his team's growth.
So last year, Martin handed the head role to freshman Nick Sitton, expecting the talented youngster to grow into the role.
“We kind of made a commitment to that direction,” Martin said. “And we knew we'd have some growing pains along the way.”
In 2011, Sitton struggled to adjust. But his late-season development, along with other young players getting needed exposure, gives Martin some optimism.