Since he took over the reins at Lawton High School, head coach Randy Breeze has emerged as one of the great motivators in the prep game, finding ways to fire up his teams on a regular basis.
Tonight the challenge is even great as his Wolverines hit the road to face Choctaw in a 6A-4 matchup that features one of the state's best teams against one of the worst. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Choctaw Stadium.
A few days ago Breeze talked about the success of his program going back seven years under his guidance where his team was ranked No. 5 in total wins during the period in rugged Class 6A. On the other side of the coin, over the past five years the Yellowjackets are just 10-40 and this season they are just 1-3.
However, that lone win came against Putnam City West in a district matchup last week. That win ended a 12-game losing streak that dated back to last season and it will be obvious that Choctaw will be fired up with the state's No. 1 team at least in one state poll coming to town.
"While I expect (Choctaw) will be ready to play us, our kids have always played well on the road and I feel confident that we will go up there and take care of business," Breeze said. "We are going to see a team that does a lot of different things; weird plays, strange formations. . . we are going to have to be aware of the football and not get lost in the congestion."
The 'Jackets have moved the ball well at times, in fact they have passed for more yards this season than the Wolverines, 571-545. But the Wolverines have the edge on the ground, 907-655, and that also gives LHS the edge in total offense, 1,452-1,226.