RECLAIMING THE THRONE
During a wildly successful four-year stretch, spanning 2007-1010, Maud football won 39 consecutive district games and all four championships.
But last season, with many key contributors graduated, the rebuilt Tigers were hit with a sobering 5-6 season.
Maud started six freshman and only had two seniors on the roster.
“We kind of knew it was coming,” Maud coach Bruce Harrell said. “With all the inexperience we had, people were telling me before the season it would be great to win just a couple games.”
But the Tigers closed 2011 solid, winning two of their final three regular-season games and making a surprise playoff appearance.
And Harrell hopes that experience translates into 2012, with an older and more confident team trying to regain the championship it lost last year.
“I'm not sure if this team is capable or not yet,” Harrell said. “It's early, but I certainly think we have the potential and talent to do it.”
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District C-4 coaches' poll
1. Thackerville (5-6)
2. Maud (5-6)
3. Arkoma (9-2)
4. Webbers Falls (9-2)
5. Southwest Covenant (2-7)
6. Sasakwa (1-9)
7. Midway (4-6)
8. Bokoshe (1-8)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses