It's hard to argue when Southmoore players say it.
“We feel like we have the best offense in the state right now,” SaberCats tight end Jackson Stallings said after Southmoore beat then-No. 1 Lawton 20-17 on Thursday night.
Only one other team in Class 6A — Edmond Santa Fe — has scored more points than Southmoore (254-248) through six weeks.
Santa Fe is plenty good with offensive standouts such as Justice Hansen and Trevon Smith leading the way.
Southmoore had scored at least 33 points in each game until Thursday, relying on a up-tempo style.
“That's what our coaches preach,” Southmoore quarterback Tre Edwards said. “Tempo is a big thing in our offense. We want to wear down defenses and if we execute, we're going to be able to do that.”
It worked plenty in the first half against the Wolverines, as Southmoore built a 20-2 lead by halftime.
For the second time this season, though, the SaberCats built a big lead only to have to hold on until the end.
Against Westmoore on Sept. 7, Southmoore led 21-7 heading into the fourth quarter before needing double overtime to win.
Those two experiences have SaberCats coach Jeff Brickman re-evaluating things.
“We've got in trouble some when we've built a lead and tried to take our foot off the pedal and kill the clock. It's not how we practice things, so it gets us in trouble,” Brickman said. “I think if we just kept running the tempo and doing what we do, we'd be all right.
“That's something I think we're going to do from now on.”
Edwards looks forward to getting that chance.
“We've been talking about that a lot,” Edwards said. “And Coach Brickman's right. We've got to keep our foot on the pedal. It'd be kind of cool to see what we could do if we just keep running our offense.”
One concern for the offense is the penalties it has drawn this season.
Southmoore has been penalized for more than 100 yards virtually every week this season.
Thursday, Southmoore was flagged 14 times for 150 yards. Against Westmoore, the SaberCats drew 16 penalties for 138 yards.
While Brickman said he'd certainly like to see his team cut back on those flags, he's also not overly concerned about it.
“Our offense, with the way we do our outside zone, has led to a lot of that,” Brickman said. “We're getting better at it, and we're working on ways to improve that, but we've got some guys that aren't used to it and that's led to the holding calls and things like that.
“As long as they're penalties of effort and not stupid ones, we'll take those. The effort has been there.”
The SaberCats are 5-1, with their only loss to Santa Fe. They'll face a tough challenge this week against 5-1 Norman.