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Stillwater will be young, inexperienced

Pioneers lost several veteran starters from last year's squad.
by Ed Godfrey Published: August 25, 2012

Stillwater football coach Tucker Barnard doesn't like the term rebuilding.

“It implies that we don't plan on winning very much, and we certainly plan to win every time we go out there,” Barnard said.

However, he admits the Pioneers will be a young and inexperienced football team to begin the 2012 season.

“We lost guys who had been three- and four-year starters,” Barnard said. “We probably had 16 or 17 starters who were seniors last year. We probably will have a tough time replacing some of those guys.”

The Pioneers were 8-3 last season, finishing in a three-way tie for second in the district standings and having the misfortune of finishing fourth because of the tiebreakers. That meant Stillwater had to travel to Jenks in the first round of the playoffs, where its season ended.

This year's Pioneers are lacking experience at quarterback and the offensive skill positions, Barnard said.

“We got some kids with some talent and ability,” Barnard said. “We are going to throw them in the fire. They will make mistakes early, and we know that and they will get better for it. Hopefully by the time the playoffs roll around, we will be a seasoned football team.”

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