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High schools: Three story lines to watch as football practices get started Monday

For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks.
by Scott Wright Published: August 10, 2014


photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Southmoore runs drills during the first football practice for Southmoore High School, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Moore, Okla. Several of the players lost their homes in the May 20 tornado. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Southmoore runs drills during the first football practice for Southmoore High School, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Moore, Okla. Several of the players lost their homes in the May 20 tornado. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

It’s here. With Monday morning comes the opening of high school football season.

For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday.

But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks.

Let’s address some of the most prominent ones:

Who will be the best in the west?

With every Jenks or Tulsa Union state title, the question adds another layer.

There are a few different Class 6A programs that look like they have the makings of the west side’s top contender. But who will it be?

Westmoore made quite a run last season, but is going through a coaching change, and needs to develop in the trenches. Norman North might have the most complete offense, but the defense still raises questions.

Oddly enough, Midwest City and Lawton would likely be among the teams in this conversation, but with the 6A split, those two teams are now in the discussion of the state’s first 6A-II champions.

Coaching transitions at prominent programs

Two weeks ago, Phil Koons was preparing to be an assistant coach for the first time in 22 years as the defensive coordinator at Clinton, one of the most notable programs in the state. Now, after legendary coach Mike Lee’s unexpected retirement, Koons steps in as the head man.

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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