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High school football: Douglass opens practice with new standout D.J. Ward

Douglass' team still vividly remembers how last season ended. That pain has turned to motivation as they opened practice with new teammate D.J. Ward, a Lawton transfer.
by Scott Wright Published: August 7, 2012

Ward will bookend a defensive line that already had one of the top players in the state's junior class, 6-foot-3, 230-pound Deondre Clark, who has at least a dozen college scholarship offers from programs like OU, OSU, LSU and Missouri.

“Now I can get rest at night, because I know we've got somebody to pick it up on the other side of the defense,” Clark said with a smile. “It's gonna be fun this year.”

Ward admittedly was frustrated that he had to leave his lifelong home of Lawton just as he reached his senior year, but he's also excited about the possibilities at Douglass, once he gets settled in.

“It's been hectic getting up here and trying to learn the plays and all that. We're still trying to get situated with the move,” Ward said. “We can do big things with this team. I think a state run is something we can be looking at.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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