OOLOGAH, Okla. - The Oologah Mustangs lost a strong senior class from 2016 including their leader on offense, quarterback Casey Base.
“Someone asked me the other day if we're rebuilding,” head coach Brandon Craig said. “No, we're just trying to get out there and get after it with the kids that we have and that's part of high school football.”
Experience, that's what Craig will have to work with this upcoming season though. The Mustangs bring back 19 seniors to its roster this year.
“We have a lot of returning starters,” senior quarterback Chance Dietz said. “A lot of people who have been in the program a long time so they know how things work around here, know how to practice, know how to do drills. Just give us a good look on scout team if they need to. Just do whatever it takes to make this team better.”
That's what this team wants to be, better even after a tremendous season a year ago. They still have not brought a golden ball home since 1998 though. There's one team that seems to always have the Mustang's number, Wagoner. The Bulldogs gave Oologah their only two losses last year, including the state championship game.
“We know they're the measuring stick. It’s been a great battle over the years. We’ve had some really good games with them, and we're excited to go at it with them again,” Craig said.
“The past three years we've came up a little short,” senior wide receiver Cole Dunbar said. “Every year we just come back a little stronger. So hopefully this year we can get over the hump.”
They're turning that into motivation.
“It definitely pushes us, but we're worried about one game at a time, just getting there,” senior running back Gunter Pearson said.
That first game is less than three weeks away on the road at Collinsville on September 1st.
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