Carl Albert defensive coordinator Mike Corley has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments after a tumor was discovered in his neck in the spring.
Doctors remain hopeful the treatment will either eliminate the tumor or make removal a less-invasive process, Titans head coach Gary Rose said.
Though Corley hasn't been able to be on the field coaching, he's remained close to the team throughout treatments.
Wednesday, he was in the coaches' office talking football with the rest of the staff.
“He's fighting the fight,” Rose said. “We'll take all the prayer we can get.”
The Titans are wearing wristbands to honor Corley, and the team has been praying before and/or after practice for their coach.
“It's pretty moving, pretty emotional and pretty motivating,” Rose said.
MWC'S DAVIS TO NEED TOMMY JOHN SURGERY
Midwest City quarterback Joel Davis will miss his senior season after suffering an ulnar collateral ligament injury in Sunday's American Legion state championship baseball game.
Davis will undergo Tommy John surgery later this month.
“It's not the way you want to start the season,” Bombers coach Darrell Hall said. “But we'll get through it.”
Davis through for more than 1,500 yards last season, helping Midwest City to an undefeated regular season.
With Davis out, the Bombers will go with junior Kilby McGuire at quarterback.
McGuire played quarterback for the Bombers this summer, including on the last day of Edmond North team camp and at a 7-on-7 event at Edmond Santa Fe, when Davis was playing baseball.
Hall said Davis was at practice Thursday morning.
“He's doing a good job,” Hall said. “He's still going to help the young guys and be the leader that we expected him to be.”
YUKON BUILDING AROUND NEW OFFENSIVE LINE
The Yukon offense will have a new feel this season, though the look should be fairly similar to the spread offense that took the Millers to three straight Class 6A playoff appearances.
The Millers lost four starting offensive linemen and their quarterback, but a strong group of returning receivers and running backs hope to carry the load as the group gels.
“It's on us,” said receiver Codey Sanchez. “We love doing it, too. We love leading. The offense is pretty much the same, and we have good depth at running back, so we should be able to run the ball better, too.”
Coach Todd Wilson shifted his own responsibility to defense, filling the void of Steve Chard, who left to become Enid's head coach. Wilson is installing a simplified 4-3 defense.
“I feel like we're a lot more confident, and we fly around,” linebacker Blake Biggs said. “Changing to the 4-3, it's a lot more simple. Just fly around and play football.”
SOONERS OFFER ALLONZO TRIER
Homeschool shooting guard Allonzo Trier's scholarship offer list is closing in on double-digits, most recently growing with the addition of the Oklahoma Sooners, who extended an offer this week to the 6-foot-3 sophomore.
Trier already has offers from Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Oral Roberts, Houston and a few others. He said he plans to make visits to OU, OSU and Tulsa in the coming weeks, as the start of his sophomore season nears. He made multiple trips to OU over the winter.
An Oklahoman Little All-City selection last season, Trier averaged 24.5 points per game for the Oklahoma City Storm, leading them to the homeschool national championship game.
STALLINGS GETS HARVARD ‘OFFER'
Southmoore tight end Jackson Stallings had Harvard high on his list of potential destinations.
Wednesday, Stallings received a big lift when the Crimson asked the senior to join the team. Harvard, as a member of the Ivy League, does not award athletic scholarships but does grant need-based financial aid for athletes.
“It means a lot to get an offer from a school like that that's not only in the Ivy League but tops in the Ivy League both academically and athletically.”
Stallings has a similar offer from Holy Cross of the Patriot League.
Stallings said he wanted to take some visits before he made his decision and would decide “whenever it feels comfortable.”
Stallings had more than 500 yards receiving last season.
By Ryan Aber, Scott Wright and Ed Godfrey