DAVIS — Wolf Field is a stone's throw south of Stillwater Milling Company and just east of railroad tracks next to the home side bleachers.
When a train barrels through while the Davis Wolves play football, the stadium shakes.
Painted on the visitors' locker room of the stadium in red block letters are these words: “Wolf Field, state champions 1979, 1986, 1990, 1995.”
Davis High School hasn't missed the playoffs since 1984. Its string of 28 consecutive playoff appearances is the longest streak in the state.
On game days, Davis' 2,500 residents bathe the town in red and white, the school's colors.
Davis holds its football tradition in high esteem as does its cross-county rival, Sulphur High School.
Both schools are located in Murray County, and Davis is just nine miles from Sulphur.
Consolidating the two schools has been mentioned in and out of the county, but Davis High School principal and athletic director Rod Maynard doesn't think that's a realistic option.
“That would be kind of like consolidating OU and OSU,” Maynard said.
The Sulphur Bulldogs won state championships in Class 3A in 2002, and Class 2A in 2004, and were state runner-up in 2002.
Davis High School is located a few blocks east of Wolf Field. Maynard's office is at the school's center. Portraits of the school's mascot hang in the lobby.
Inside his office, Maynard is crowded by three Davis men who all have close ties to the football program: Monte “Goober” Holland, Jeff Jennings and Shane Summers.
Each man traded stories when Maynard broke in. The football team doesn't belong to the school, Maynard said — it belongs to Davis.
“It's a family deal,” Maynard said. “They continue to support it regardless of what happened the year before. These people around here love it.”
Davis High School head coach Jody Weber took over the program from his father, Joe Weber. Jody's son Cole Weber was the Wolves' quarterback.
Last season, Jody led the Wolves to a 9-2 record. The Wolves have a 121-24 record during the course of his career.
“Winning is something that's been going on a long time,” Summers said.
Summers is an assistant coach at Davis and has been for 11 years. He believes the football program flourishes because its coaches stay put.
“We're not a bunch of gypsies,” Summers said. “We get here and seem to like this town.”
It's one of a handful of teams in the state that still runs the wishbone offense. The offense has been a mainstay of the Wolves for over 30 years.
Davis teenagers learn to run the wishbone as early as middle school and learn traits — teamwork, discipline, character — option football requires.
Jennings said learning those traits early in life helped make him the man he is today.
“What it gave me was not only lessons in football, but life lessons,” Jennings said. “I mean there's no doubt I wouldn't be where I'm at in my life without our coaching staff and the football program that I played in here.”
He's proud of Davis High Schools' playoff streak, proud of its state championships and proud of how the town supports its football team.
Yet, he's most proud of how prepared Davis High School football players are for the world ahead.
“We teach them to compete in life after football, whether it be good husbands, good fathers, how to handle adversity, just like the game teaches,” Jennings said.