Bank of Commerce 250

ANADARKO WARRIORS

 

Coach: KENT JACKSON

 

LAST 7 YEARS:

2019 - 4-6

2018 - 6-5

2017 - 8-3

2016 - 5-6

2015 - 8-4

2014 - 11-1

2013 - 14-0

 

OFFENSE

After a three-year absence from the sidelines, the winningest coach in Anadarko history is back. Kent Jackson returns to his alma-mater armed with faces familiar to the program ready to make a run in 2020. “I had just been watching a game at SWOSU and bumped into Colin Watford, the son of my former defensive coordinator Shannon Watford. We started talking and that got me thinking,” said Jackson. “It would be great to get some of our former players together on a coaching staff.” Enter the elder Watford as defensive coordinator along with the younger Watford and former Anadarko greats Sheldon Wilson and Brandon Pollard on the sidelines and the tour dates were set for the band. Throw into the mix, speed guru Darren Cooley, who played a key role in the past with summer conditioning and the pieces are in place for a renaissance. “I can’t state enough what coach Cooley has meant to our program in the past,” said Jackson. “He’s going to make a big difference. Karsen Williams (6-1, 180, Jr.) got two games of experience at quarterback, stepping in for injury. Williams will have the full-time role on offense this season. Jackson has high praise for running back Zavier Galey (5-8, 185, Sr.) evoking memories of the days Sheldon Wilson was shredding defenses at tailback. “He’s one of the best we’ve had here,” said Jackson of his senior runner. Spots must be filled on the offensive line around veteran Robert Givens (6-3, 290, Sr.) at tackle.

DEFENSE

Givens provides a foundation on the defensive line for the Warriors, running interference for his brother Rahim Givens (5-8, 190, Sr.) and Blayke Brower (5-10, 180, Sr.) at linebacker. Givens and Brower will see some time on offense as well at H-back and wide receiver. Anadarko’s senior class isn’t large in numbers but it is long with quality. Jackson noted that as freshmen, this senior class didn’t lose a game, knocking off the usual western Oklahoma foes as well as Midwest City. The key will be getting some of the under-classmen to step up and fill the spots around that talented group. The district race is tough with Heritage Hall, Kingfisher and PerkinsTryon all expecting big years. The Warriors have a feel of what it was like to win big under Jackson and former players. That can do nothing but help against a tough district grouping.

 

SCHEDULE

9-4 - at Elgin

9-11 - vs. Marlow

9-18 - at Chickasha

9-25 - at Perkins-Tryon

10-2 - vs. Bridge Creek

10-9 - at Douglass

10-15 - vs. McLoud

10-23 - at Heritage Hall

10-30 - vs. Mt. St. Mary’s

11-6 - vs. Kingfisher

 

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