MIDWEST CITY — There aren’t many questions surrounding the Midwest City defense. It was one of the state’s best last year, and returned several key starters, five of whom are getting major college recruiting interest.
But the offense is surrounded with a little more uncertainty.
Last season, the Bombers had some ups and downs but began to hit their stride late in the season. Now it’s time to prove they can keep it up.
Now a junior, quarterback Brendan Brown gained valuable experience last season, and he has some gifted athletes to work with at receiver.
“I feel like this offense is ready to go put some points on the board,” Brown said. “Last year, there were some moments where it was tough because people doubted us, but I grew. We’re ready now.
“I was inexperienced, but I’ve been working hard all summer. The offensive line has a lot of seniors, and they’re great. We’ve got all athletes on the field, so it’s gonna be good.”
The performance of the running backs will be especially vital to helping Brown.
Senior Tre’Jon Sherffield could be in line for a breakout season. He had been timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash by Midwest City coaches and posted the same time at a college camp at Missouri State.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Sherffield rushed for 426 yards in limited work last year, while Roscoe Gatewood, a senior defensive back, is likely to help share the carries this season.
“We have a stable of backs, and we can all get the job done,” said Gatewood, who is being recruited as a defensive back and will be used heavily on that side of the ball. “We’ve got a lot of weapons, so it won’t be all on one guy.”
Brown threw for just over 1,100 yards last season with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, completing about 50 percent of his passes. But Hall has seen significant growth in his 6-foot-4 quarterback.
“Brendan is throwing a lot better ball, getting more confidence,” Hall said. “We can’t start where we started last year, we have to start where we stopped last year.
“I feel like our offense is going to do what it needs to do for us to be successful. We can’t rely on our defense pitching shutouts. We would love to have them, don’t get me wrong. But we need to put points on the board.”