MIDWEST CITY — Unprompted, Dante Sezer shared his description of the 2012 Midwest City football season.
“A horrible season,” he called it.
And you won't find many in black and gold who'll argue his point after the Bombers went 3-7 last fall.
A lot of years, three wins would have been a subpar month for Midwest City. But a perfect storm of injuries, inexperience and a coaching change hit the Bombers with full force, creating a snowball effect that the team couldn't stop.
Their five state championships and dozens more playoff appearances didn't matter. But now, they're ready to turn it back around.
“We're doing what we have to do to pick it back up,” said Sezer, a senior running back. “From what we've always had around here, last year was a big step backwards. We're looking to go in the opposite direction.
“We've got to get back up.”
Whether because of injuries or lack of depth, several young players got valuable experience last season.
“You can tell in the workouts from last year to this year that there's a difference,” second-year coach Darrell Hall said. “The seniors are taking ownership of the team, leading by example. You can see the motivation in them.”
The Bombers are looking for a new quarterback, a job that remains open as the team prepares for the first practice in pads on Friday.
But it's the defense that really has the players excited. It feels like Bomber football again, with players moving to the ball and putting themselves in position for turnovers — something that didn't happen quite as often last year.
“That should be a strength of our team,” said senior outside linebacker Tyquae Russell. “We should be breaking up more plays, getting more turnovers — back to our old defense.”
Perhaps most importantly, attitudes are better in the Bomber camp this fall.
“Now, the team is working together and staying as one, not turning on each other,” Russell said. “When things got rough last year, we all turned on each other. People gave up on plays. But that's gone now. Everybody's hustling. We don't want last year again.”