Little changes help Harrah to fast start in District 4A-2

by Jacob Unruh Published: October 5, 2013

— New Harrah coach Phil Webb thought some changes were in order when he took over the program following last season's 1-9 finish.

He started by changing the Panthers' locker room setup and even went as far as changing the decals on the helmets to the more traditional block logo used in the past.

The little changes appear to be working.

Harrah knocked off No. 8 Glenpool, a perennial power, 29-14 on Friday to improve to 3-2 on the season with a perfect start in District 4A-2.

“It's not that he changed lots of things, but the little things he did change help out a lot,” senior Dak Stephens said. “I thought it was a great move for the team (promoting Webb). He's so passionate in what he does and he has great respect from the kids. He cares about us more than most people, so he's really good for our program.”

Webb spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach in Harrah, but was promoted before the season when Greg Willis left for Purcell.

It's been a perfect match for Webb and the Panthers ever since.

“You've got to do the little things,” Webb said. “The big things will take care of themselves. For the first time in a long time, our kids have bought into that and believe in that.

“You're preaching those things and saying, ‘Hey when is this going to show?' Now to win against Glenpool with those things happening, our team has seen success.”

Stephens was a big part of Friday's win, catching a touchdown pass and coming up with a key interception, but Webb gives credit to the entire team.

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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