But it wasn't long before Shanbour was on the sideline and Camden Tharp took over. Shanbour broke his ankle in the fourth quarter of Week 2 and didn't play again until the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
"I learned a lot from watching Camden and getting a different perspective on things," Shanbour said. "I feel great, and I'm just excited to be back out here."
Shanbour and Tharp are battling for the starting spot, though coach Kenny Young said both may start in the offense regardless of who is the starter.
Bombers don't mind the heat
A lot of football teams practiced early in the morning or in the evening to beat the heat, but not Midwest City.
The Bombers practiced every day this week, starting at 2 p.m.
"You practice hard now because that's the type of mentality you're going to need to win a gold ball," defensive back Ricky Reeves said.
Midwest City lost a lot of defensive stars from last year's team, but with Reeves, Trevon Lewis and Kamron Highshaw, the Bombers shouldn't drop off.
Tulsa Union's Pearson commits to Air Force
It didn't take long for Tulsa Union quarterback Kale Pearson to make up his mind. The senior received an offer from Air Force recently and has committed to the Falcons.
Pearson, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, was a wide receiver for last year's state championship team and is moving to quarterback this season.
He also had interest from Houston, Rice and Tulsa.
Young Huskies ready to compete
Losing six seniors is a big hit for a volleyball team, but Tanna Smith's Edmond North Huskies are reloaded with youngsters after reaching the Class 6A semifinals last year.
Senior Rebecca Powers anchors the starting lineup at setter, with several sophomores and juniors around her.
Outside hitters Kristen Nashert, a junior, and Mallory Fox, a sophomore, give the Huskies some firepower along with sophomore Allison Barr in the middle.
And though the team had six seniors last year, all of these players got to experience the state tournament, which has paid dividends.
"Getting to state provided a huge incentive for these girls to make it back," Smith said. "They all want it more than before, and now they know what to expect."