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High schools: Washington hopes for deep playoff run

Senior quarterback Brock Harmon is one of seven returning starters for a team that finished 8-4 last season.
by Trent Shadid Published: September 2, 2013
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WASHINGTON — As football season nears, there's always a sense of excitement around the team at Washington High School.

But with an experienced group returning this season, a feeling of optimism surrounds the team — and the town.

“The last couple years there hasn't been the buzz around town,” said coach Brad Beller, whose team is coming off an 8-4 season in Class 2A. “There was an expectation that we would be good (in past years), but we knew that there was a ceiling on how good we could be. This year, the town and the kids feel like the sky is the limit. We really feel like we cannot just be a team that makes the playoffs this year, but also one that makes a deep run.”

One of the big reasons behind all the excitement is senior quarterback Brock Harmon, who is one of seven returning starters.

“We run the spread option attack and with a veteran group back the installation of that has been pretty smooth and simple,” Beller said. “Brock's skill set, being able to run or throw, helps us keep people honest where they can't load the box on our run game. He understands all the concepts and really does a great job of allowing me to put more on his plate and not have to put it on everyone else.”

The Warriors' quarterback not only has experience with playing time, but also as a leader.

“Last year, we (senior class) were the leaders without it even being expected of us,” Harmon said. “So this year we haven't even really had to establish that. I just try to do what I do and be who I am. Once the younger guys see that, I think they have a good example to look up to.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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