Anadarko football coach Kent Jackson still insists he didn’t think last year’s team would advance past the first round of the playoffs before the season started.
This season was supposed to be the year for another title run.
Instead, the Warriors won their second title in three years and now enter this season as heavy favorites once again in both District 4A-1 and in the class.
“I worry about the expectations probably more than they do,” Jackson said. “They want to win and they enjoy this just like the coaches do, just like the fans do and I think they’re going to do everything they can to make sure we keep doing what we’re doing.”
The Warriors, who went undefeated last season, return seven starters on each side of the ball, including hard-hitting linebacker Tramayne Wauahdooah.
But there are still some questions Jackson is hoping to have answered once the season starts at free safety and middle linebacker.
He said Brayden Alexander will take over at safety. Jackson also said he’s been impressed with John Smith at middle linebacker after spending the past three years on the scout team.
“This spring he was tremendous,” Jackson said. “He was one of our better players for a guy who hasn’t even played on the varsity side.”
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