Summer paying off for city
One thing is becoming clear when it comes to evaluating the Lawton prep football teams; the players and coaches have obviously done a really impressive job of hitting the weights and working on speed drills this summer.
All three city head coaches Randy Breeze at Lawton High, Danny Edelman at Eisenhower and Brett Manning at MacArthur had high praise for the condition, size and quickness of their athletes after the first week of practice, the final two days of which were spent with the players in full pads.
With school now in session, practice time will shorten but the key next event will be the opening scrimmages. LHS was unable to find an opponent and will conduct an intra-squad session, MacArthur will host McGuinness Thursday at Cameron Stadium and Eisenhower will visit Moore the same night.
The final scrimmages will have Duncan at Lawton High on Aug. 28, while Ike and Mac will both compete in the Mustang Preview.
Season openers are scheduled Sept. 5 with Mac visiting Clinton, Lawton High visiting Salina, Kan., and Ike hosting Fayetteville, Ar.
For now everyone is just trying to get the right players in the perfect location.
"Everywhere I turn I see kids who have just blossomed this summer," Breeze said. "We have several kids who have knocked a full second off their 40 (-yard dash) times and that's something that doesn't happen very often at any level. One of those guys is a sophomore by the name of Chris Smotherman. He's grown to 6-3, 210 and has really improved his quickness. He's going to be a defensive end.
"There's Terrell Shaw, he's a 6-3 wide receiver who has lowered his 40 time by a full second. That's something that is normally unheard of but we have three or four guys who have done that with hard work. Another example of that is Chris Bishop, he's also a 6-3, 210-pound wide receiver with 4.58 speed. We have those two big guys out there on one side and on the other side is Kalin Sadler, who most coaches will probably try to double cover. When kids work hard like that it not only helps the team but themselves. These guys are going to open the eyes of recruiters."