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.
There are only a few programs that were more successful than Tuttle during Koons’ 21 seasons there, with a pair of state titles and more than 200 wins.
But one of them is Clinton.
Of course, that’s not the only notable school going through a coaching transition. Lots of eyes will be on Bill Young at Yukon and Brad Ballard at Tuttle.
All three Moore schools made coaching changes, and a legend stepped down at Putnam City North, with Bob Wilson handing the reins to Rod Richardson.
Bridge Creek’s recovery
On a more serious note, Bridge Creek coach Greg Wallis has one white board, one marker and one football that survived the extreme vandalism at the school’s football fieldhouse last week, and now he has to try to begin practice without even enough helmets to put on all of his players.
Estimates are still coming in on some of the damages, but the grand total should well exceed $50,000.
Monday will be reserved for coaches’ meetings, conditioning tests and other basic start-of-the-season chores. And the clean-up is ongoing as well. So it’ll be a busy time for the Bobcats, and actual football will only be a portion of it.
Check NewsOK.com throughout the day Monday, and The Oklahoman on Tuesday for updates on Bridge Creek’s battle to get its season started.