Lobo, Yellowjacket has morphed to a Wildcat

Wildcat football coach David Bruner's 16 players have had to adjust to a new, coach, a new philosophy and a new type of football.

Bruner, is a graduate of Yarbrough High School, and a coach with experience with 6, 8 and eleven-man systems.

He came out of a two-year self-imposed football sabbatical at Clayton, to coach the Wildcats in their first season as an 8-man team.

“I thought this could be a good program. Our biggest adjustment has been in the defensive secondary; they have to remember there is no safety behind them,” Bruner said.

“I want us to learn the game, be competitive and have some success.”

“This, is a faster-paced game.

Bruner is pleased with his team's efforts so far this year. They played into the fourth quarter against a state ranked Shatttuck squad who had never played beyond the half.

“They, (Shattuck), had beaten Ringwood, a team in the top four, 46 to 0,” Bruner said. “They beat us 58-12.

Then last Friday, the Wildcats traveled to Forgan, a team that lost to Shattuck in the play-offs last year, and trounced them 40-6.

“Bill Nichols, the coach at Forgan, my coach when I was in high school, told me our team looked as good as his two years ago,” Bruner said with pride.

“We are progressing. We'll play Canton for Homecoming, they're tough. They are like us, just coming down to 8-man.

this Friday, the Wildcats will travel to Covington-Douglas, 30 miles east of Enid to meet another state-ranked team.

“I have five seniors, and since we are in our first season ineligible for the play-offs. I know this is a disappointment to them, but they've never let up,” Bruner said.

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