U.S. Grant football team taking positive steps

Generals participate in Westmoore 7-on-7 Showcase, which the Jaguars won.
by Jacob Unruh Published: June 28, 2014

U.S. Grant’s football players had to improvise early Saturday morning.

Waiting at the school for an 8:15 departure to the Westmoore 7-on-7 Showcase, the Generals were forced to ride with coaches and parents in vehicles when the bus failed to show.

“It happens a lot,” sophomore Andrew Meyer said.

Even if it took some extra effort to make the tournament, the Generals were there competing, which is something rarely seen in past summers at passing leagues or team camps.

It’s a positive step in the right direction under new coach Matt Lane, a former assistant at Noble.

“Fundamentally, we’re raw but we’re learning,” Lane said. “That’s what I’ve preached the last few weeks we’ve been out here doing 7-on-7. They get frustrated when they’re losing and giving up big plays, but I tell them it’s all a part of the learning process.”

U.S. Grant went 0-7 in the tournament, which Westmoore won with a 40-13 victory over Lincoln Christian, but improved in each 21-minute game with its 15 players.

That’s all Lane is asking for as he takes over a program that is moving out of Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association district play for the next four years, as part of an agreement between Oklahoma City Public Schools and the OSSAA designed to rebuild the program.

Lane has already improved things for the Generals.

They had spring practice in May with an average of 35 players each day after not practicing the year before. They also went to Little Axe twice last week along with Bethel for 7-on-7 workouts. Summer pride workouts also begin Monday.

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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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