High school football: Could Deer Creek be the next Jenks?

Deer Creek has grown from a tiny rural school to a 5A program with impressive facilities. The story sounds similar to that of a certain Tulsa-area school: Class 6A powerhouse Jenks.
by Ed Godfrey Published: November 4, 2012
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“It becomes a culture of ‘this is how you do things,”' Gower said. “That's where, in my opinion, that Jenks (football) originated. They've got numerous Little League teams that play as the Jenks Trojans.”

Deer Creek football coaches and players work with the Optimist League even though it is not directly associated with the school.

“That's how you do it,” Gower said. “That's how your successful programs are.”

And the Deer Creek student population increases every year, meaning there is a larger pool of athletic talent each year for coaches to choose from.

Deer Creek High School had 248 seniors graduate last year, but the school received 330 new freshmen this year, Gower said.

Deer Creek is now the 42nd largest school in the state, No. 10 in Class 5A, and probably will be reassigned to 6A in three years at the current rate.

The Antlers already have been participating in summer team camps and 7-on-7 leagues with 6A schools to get ready for the move.

Deer Creek scheduled a two-game series with Class 6A Edmond Memorial this season, and Gower said some Antler boosters were wondering why?

“In just a few years, that probably will be a district game for us,” he told them.

Perhaps Deer Creek one day will become the state's west side version of Jenks.

“That would be a number of years down the road, but hopefully, that's where it's heading,” Gower said.

by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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