KINGFISHER — Jeff Myers became Kingfisher's head football coach just months after the team had won its first state championship in 2003. He took the Yellowjackets back to the finals in his third season, 2007.
They went again in 2009, 2010 and 2012. But each time, they came away with the runner-up trophy, not the coveted gold ball.
Finally last month, Myers' team broke through and won the title game, bringing Kingfisher its second title, 10 years after the first.
And Myers earned The Oklahoman's Little All-City Coach of the Year award.
Q: Knowing the work it takes to get to the finals, how gratifying was it to win it this season?
A: Getting there is the toughest deal. But this group of seniors just came in and basically said, ‘We're not gonna take it anymore. We're gonna make it back, and we're not gonna satisfy for anything less than the gold ball.' And that's what they did. They worked their butts off, and did everything we asked them to do. They were probably as tight a group of kids as I've been around, which I think is as important as anything. And they were great leaders, not just vocal and those things, but by their actions and how they conducted themselves in the classroom and out of school. If you ask any coach, winning 15 ballgames is tough. You have health. You're getting everybody's best shot. And to go undefeated, that's saying something.
The Oklahoman's Little All-City Offensive Player of the Year, Landon Nault, has been your starting running back for the last four years. What has it meant to have him carrying the ball for you?
It's been great. He's a great kid, and it showed in the state championship game when Nick Smith scores all 30 points, and who's the first kid down there to celebrate? It's Landon. Having him four years — it really hasn't sunk in yet, knowing he's not gonna be back. It's been a great four years. It seems like we've had him forever, and I'm sure our opponents are wondering, ‘Is that guy ever gonna graduate?' But he's had an outstanding career. With his rushing and receiving together, he was over 8,000 yards in his career, and I don't know there are too many kids in the state of Oklahoma who can say that.