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Last updated: August 29. 2014 2:19PM - 471 Views
By - bgilbert@civitasmedia.com



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It’s nearly September and we’re all ready for some football weather. These hot days in southwest Oklahoma put a lil’ more sugar on the sweet reward of winning playoff games in December.


A couple teams down here in the corner know all about winning in December.


Hollis optioned it’s way to the front of class A to win the state championship no matter who their quarterback was and the Tipton seniors have played in three straight title games winning one ring in the process.


Both teams went undefeated and both teams keep their quarterbacks from last year. Therefore, expectations are understandably very high for these two tiger teams.


On the other hand, expectations are more subdued for the three other schools in this preview. Altus and Mangum are changing personnel, game plans, systems, uniforms, etc. hoping to change their records. Both schools have put together great seasons in their respective histories and have undergone regime changes to restore past glory. Even though expectations should be held in check until more evidence is available, there are reasons to be optimistic.


Duke football is in a build-mode. Notice Duke isn’t re-building. They are still building their initial foundation. Just reading the words “Duke football” warrants a second look to confirm it. Friday night football in Duke, America, still seems strange.


To the players, these are the brutal, dog-days of summer. There is just something inherently cruel about cutting young mens’ summers short, putting pads on and pounding bone rattling, helmet shaking hits on your own teammates in August. This is the off-season price players pay for success in season.


However, for Duke, Altus, Tipton and Mangum fans, this is the best part of the whole season. We clear the records. The t-shirts are new, two-a-days are over and every team is undefeated. Every team still has a chance of winning it all.


*** Question: Why did Hollis, Mangum, Tipton and Duke all choose tigers as their mascot?***


Submit responses to bgilbert@civitasmedia.com with “Tiger Answer” as the subject


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