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February 7, 2014

P-T football hires Williams as head coach

PERKINS, Okla. — Bruce Williams saw Perkins-Tryon as the perfect place to be a head coach.

“I’m going to a place that has won in the past,” Williams said. “The community offers great support.”

After spending the last 10 and half years at Broken Bow, Williams will look to return the Demons to their winning ways as he takes over as head coach.

“It’s a great place to raise a family and there’s lots of positives,” Williams said.

Williams was hired last week at the Perkins Independent School District board meeting and met the coaching staff and some of the players.

“They were very welcoming,” Williams said. “The coaches are outstanding. I got to watch some of the kids work out a little bit.”

Williams succeeds Lloyd Wertman as coach.

The Demons won district titles in 2010 and 2011 but injuries derailed their seasons the last two years, as they went 5-5 and had to rely on a tiebreaker to reach postseason.

The former offensive coordinator will stay with Broken Bow toward the end of the school year as he is the golf coach and hopes to move to Perkins in May with his wife Mandi and their three children — Caden (seventh grade), Conner (fifth grade) and Callen (3).

Williams said his system will depend on the personnel but will run multiple formations.

“I’m be looking at two-back pistol with some spread,” Williams said.

Running back Jacob Peyton and quarterback Zac Bledsoe are two of the returning offensive players that received ample amounts of playing time last season. Peyton said he’s looking forward to the new system.

“It’s pretty exciting what different stuff we will be doing,” Peyton said.

Williams said he will look to give Peyton the ball as much as possible. Peyton said he looks to be a leader on the field.

“I want to give a good work ethic,” Peyton said. “I want to make the team work together and make them better.”

While last season was a rough one for Broken Bow, finishing 1-9. It made the playoffs from 2005-2012, with semifinal appearances in 2007 and 2008.

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