Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 6, 2013

Big test for WW early

Mike Arie
Pauls Valley Democrat — The defending Class A runner-up will get a huge test right off the bat as they travel just a little south and east to Sulphur to face the Bulldogs.

The tradition rich Bulldogs and coach Jim Dixon are hungry to get out on the winning track and back into the playoffs.

After reaching the playoffs for 26 straight years, Sulphur has finished 4-6 each of the last three years and has failed to reach the playoffs.

Sulphur has a good nucleus of players returning this season on offense. Junior Nate Johnson rushed for over 1,100 yards last season and quarterback Ryan Rackley had over 800 yards on the ground and just as many through the air a season ago.

The potent 1-2 punch will keep defenses on their toes every snap.

“They are in the same boat as we are,” coach Brad Osteen said. “They’ve had to move some players around and they are some what unproven up front.”

Senior Ty Brown (6-3, 270) anchors both the offensive and defensive line. Brown will line up beside Wyatt Jones on both sides of the football. Jones (6-3,220) is the tight end on offense and plays defensive end.

Rackley will anchor the middle of the defense at linebacker where his has started the last three years.

The secondary will be fast to the football with Johnson and Trevor Venegas leading the way. Venegas had over 100 tackles last season.

“This will be a good test for us to see where we are at and what we need to work on,” Osteen said.