Interior lines may prove to be difference when Wolverines, Eagles renew rivalry
There may have been much discussion about fierce battles for key starting positions including quarterback at both Lawton High and Eisenhower but when all is said and done, the outcome of tonight's annual feud will probably come down to which team does the best job in the interior line.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium. LHS is the home team and will occupy the north bleachers at Cameron Stadium, while Ike fans will sit on the south side of the facility. On the strength of three straight wins, LHS has edged ahead in the series lead at 27-25.
"I know it's an old, over-used cliche, but football games are won in the trenches," LHS head coach Randy Breeze said. "In the past we've been able to win a lot of those battles up front and that was critical in the outcome. We know that Ike has a big nose guard and some big tackles, so we expect a good battle in there in the middle, but our guys love that challenge. That's why you lift all summer, then practice in 100-degree weather. This is what it's all about."
Breeze and the Wolverines will counter Ike's big defensive front with an offensive line that includes three seniors and two sophomores.
"People might see two sophomores on our line and take them for granted, but those aren't normal sophomores," Breeze said. "They aren't there because we don't have anyone else. They are there because they earned their spots and we feel extremely confident that they will rise to the occasion and play well for us."
Those two sophomores are DeWayne Doucett, who checks in at 6-0, 301, while Jalin Barnett is 6-3, 275, plus Breeze said both have developed great footwork, always a critical factor for linemen.