For a teenager, Mildren Montgomery is very introspective, very mature in the process of thought.
“That comes from my father's side of the family,” the Douglass offensive lineman and Oklahoman All-State selection said. “My father's always thinking in seven different directions when someone else is just thinking in one.”
That thoughtfulness allows Montgomery to have a unique perspective on things like the final football game of his high school career — a crushing upset loss to Poteau in the Class 4A semifinals.
“It was really tough seeing the faces of my teammates, especially the other seniors,” Montgomery said. “We had high hopes for a ring and another gold ball to put in that trophy case.
“All you can do is trust yourself and your teammates to know that whatever you do, it'll be alright. And if you're a younger guy, you learn from this mistake and understand that when you think you've done enough, just do one more.”
Of course, it's Montgomery's physical skills that made him one of the top offensive linemen in the state. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Texas Tech commitment is still growing into his long body. His wingspan measures 7 feet and he moves well — a quality he showed when he got the opportunity to play defensive end on occasion this season.
Now, Montgomery is excited for what lies ahead on a path he's been following for years.
“I never thought I'd be here as an All-Stater, going to an All-America game,” he said. “But for the hours and days and months that I put in in my backyard with my father — some hard work in early mornings and late nights — I can't say that I'm surprised, because this is what I've been working toward my whole life.”