Koby Scoville knows his 2014 Casady football team has an opportunity to do something special. The sixth-year coach also knows that his team has to come through on Friday nights.
Casady heads into next season with 14 seniors who bring plenty of experience and are drawing interest from college recruiters. Offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali is garnering the most attention, and deservedly so, but there are other players on the roster who have helped turn the tide at Casady.
One of two Oklahoma schools in the Southwestern Preparatory Conference, Casady finished the 2013 season 6-4, with one win more than in 2012. Scoville said the improvement is a good sign, but the team is looking for more.
“Every year our goal is to win our conference,” Scoville said. “SPC champs, that is goal No. 1. Then we look at how we can get there, what we need to do to get there.”
Scoville said the team needs to put in as much work off the field as it does on the field to accomplish those goals. Scoville pointed to quarterback T’Quan Wallace, receiver Denver Johnson and safety Gary Woods as three seniors who are leading the team in that effort.
Wallace has started 17 games under center for the Cyclones, and he will be Casady’s first senior quarterback since 2011. Scoville thinks Wallace’s experience will be a key to their success.
“He’s gifted for sure athletically, he’s got a great arm,” Scoville said. “But his poise is one of the best I have seen. He never, ever gets rattled. He is calm cool and collected under every situation.”
Johnson is Wallace’s go-to wide receiver. Casady put up 275 passing yards per game last season and scored 27.3 points per game. Scoville thinks it can be better with this duo.
“Denver, he’s just a competitor,” Scoville said. “He’s going to go hard every single down. He’s wants the ball when the game is on the line, he’s going to say, ‘You better get the ball to me.’”
Casady also has a standout underclassman in Wariboko-Alali’s younger brother Max, a defensive back who will be a junior in the fall and already has several Division I offers.
Scoville said just like every school, but particularly in small schools, the planets need to align to have a special season, but said Casady has the potential to do that in 2014.
Casady kicks off the season in Tulsa when they take on fellow SPC opponent Holland Hall.