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High schools: Is the Midwest City defense really that good?

Answering questions that arose from a wild Week 1 in high school football
by Scott Wright Published: September 8, 2013

Week 1 of the high school football season is over, and it was a fair week.

By fair, I mean it made you feel like you just walked off a ride at the fair — say, the Tilt-a-Whirl. It was exhausting and exhilarating, leaving you dizzy and maybe a little nauseous.

Five of the top eight teams in The Oklahoman's preseason Class 6A poll lost, and Jenks wasn't one of them, having knocked off Texas powerhouse Euless Trinity 27-23 on Saturday.

Midwest City and Edmond Santa Fe combined for 89 fewer points than they did when they met a year ago. Craziness was the general theme of the week across the state.

So let's address some of the big questions that arose after Week 1:

Q: Is the Midwest City defense really that good?

A: The short answer is: Yes. The Bombers deserve a lot of credit for the 3-0 win at Edmond Santa Fe last Thursday.

The long answer involves all the details about Santa Fe being without star quarterback Justice Hansen, as well as his backup, forcing them to resort to an offense that more resembled a permanent Wildcat scheme with starting running back Cameron Westbrook taking snaps.

But here's the thing. Hansen or not, Edmond Santa Fe has a ton of athletic skill players and a solid offensive line. Keeping those guys off the scoreboard entirely is an impressive feat.

Midwest City junior defensive back Will Sunderland, who received a scholarship offer from Oklahoma on Saturday, showed that he's a blossoming star, and the Bombers are solid at all three levels of the defense.

That side of the ball is going to lead Midwest City's resurgence from last year's 3-win season.

Of course, all of Week 1's progress could be lost if the Bombers don't follow it up. With Stillwater, Del City and Norman North ahead on the schedule, they'll get plenty of chances to prove their talent.

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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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