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Moore football: New coach Paul Hix working to re-energize Lions

The Lions haven’t had a winning season since 2004 and haven’t won more than two games in a season since 2007. Enthusiasm among the players had faded, so Hix looked to make football fun again at Moore.
by Trent Shadid Published: September 4, 2014
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— When Paul Hix took over as Moore’s new coach this summer, he immediately recognized a need to re-energize the program.

The Lions haven’t had a winning season since 2004 and haven’t won more than two games in a season since 2007.

Enthusiasm among the players had faded, so Hix looked to make football fun again at Moore. Scheduling a midnight practice to begin the season and allowing the players’ choice of music to be played loudly at practice are among the measures he’s taken.

“I’ve got a pretty playful personality,” Hix said. “I can be intense, but I’m a fun-loving guy and I try to have as much fun as I can with the kids at practice and I want it to be fun for them.”

The former Stillwater offensive coordinator has also implemented an offense that blends a spread passing attack with a power running game.

“I’ve told the kids we’re going to do whatever we have to do to win games,” Hix said. “Whether we run it 50 times a game or throw it 50 times a game, we’re going to take advantage of what the defense will give us. I think that’s something that has the kids excited.”

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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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