When it comes to dominance in a sport at the high school level in Oklahoma, few have a more impressive resume than the Midwest City powerlifting program.
The Bombers will be looking for their seventh consecutive large-school powerlifting title at the state meet on Friday at McLoud High School.
“Our success is based on blue-collar working kids who will work as hard as I could ever ask of an athlete in the weight room,” said coach Jason Sexton. “That’s coupled with a high level of intelligence to ingest the explosion-based concepts of our strength and conditioning program.”
With a commitment to the program continuing to grow, Midwest City athletes have mostly noticed the benefits on the football field.
All 17 of the Bombers’ state qualifiers are also on the football team, including senior Brandon Jones, who credits the lifting program with helping turn him into an All-State defensive tackle.
“It has really helped build us (in football) for those game time situations when we need to really dig deep and pull that reserved strength,” Jones said. “That’s all thanks to our great lifting program.”
“The two sports go together naturally, because of the need for work ethic, explosion, and strength,” Sexton said. “It gives our kids an edge on the football field, and in football recruiting in my opinion because they’ve got well-developed frames when college coaches see them for the first time.”
In his final trip to the state meet, Jones is expecting another dominant performance from both himself and the Bombers.
“For my team, I expect us to come in ready to battle for our seventh straight title,” Jones said. “As soon as we walk in we all know there’s a target on our backs, so we want to be the ones to bring it to them. For myself, I’m looking to come in strong and finish my senior year with a ring.”