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May 28, 2014

Pioneers putting in the extra effort for 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Last season, the Stillwater Pioneers football team often found itself looking back and wondering what it could have been after a 2-8 season and their second straight without a playoff berth.

As they get ready for the 2014 season, the Pioneers are putting in the extra effort during spring football and hope it leads to better results.

“Going inside the locker room after games, we would always talk about how close we were (to winning),” coach Tucker Barnard said. “If a few things here and there went different we would have had a different result. We just didn’t quite get it done. A little more effort can be the difference between making a tackle or not, catching the ball or deflecting the pass.”

Two of Stillwater’s eight losses were by one score — including a 44-41 district loss to Sand Springs and two were by two scores. Senior offensive and defensive lineman Cyntrell Carden said they want to do things right in the spring and have it carry over in the season.

“I’m trying to be a better leader to get the team up and get us to a better season,” Carden said.

During Wednesday’s practice at Pioneer Stadium, Carden was vocal and made sure his teammates were up to par.  Barnard said the staff knew he could be a leader.

“Cyntrell has really elevated his game. He has presented himself a strong leader,” Barnard said. “We knew he had the ability to be a strong leader. He’s being vocal and getting others to play at high level.”

Senior defensive back Marlon McDonald said they have better teamwork this week than last week.

“Even with the coaches our teamwork has improved,” McDonald said. “Everything and all aspects have improved. We have a lot of depth.”

Senior quarterback Braxton Noble said they are focused on returning to the postseason, maybe even make history.

“I think all of us want Class of 2015 on that scoreboard,” Noble said. “We would be the first ones to (win a state championship).”


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