Looking back on LHS
"It didn't end the way we wanted to end, but you've still got to be proud of the kids. As hard as they worked, it was a great season."
That quote was the first thing Lawton High head coach Randy Breeze said Monday in his office for the annual after-the-season story.
His team lost to Bixby Friday, 35-21, in its first state title game since 1987. Breeze wasn't as happy as he normally is during the week, but he wasn't unhappy. In fact, he was as upbeat as a person could be considering the circumstances.
"Any time you can play in December, you've had a great year. Our kids accomplished a great amount of things," Breeze said. "Everybody is talking about that we haven't won a state championship in 27 years, well, I want to tell them, if that's the case, then this is best year we've had in 26 years in football. That's what I want the kids to take away. They're a great group of kids and they play well. It just wasn't meant to be."
The Wolverines were tied at 14 at halftime in the inaugural 6A-II title game, but Bixby scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away. It was one of the worst quarters the Wolverines had played all season and they just weren't able to overcome.