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September 4, 2013

Pioneers look to kick off 2013 with victory over McAlester

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

“I tend to feel like they’re all won (in the trenches). Even in the games where somebody throws it 40 or 50 times, if those linemen are able to make themselves a factor then everything else kind of comes off of that.”

There may not be as many “what ifs” when it comes to this season’s opener, especially since both teams have hooked up in 7-on-7 camps and even at last week’s scrimmage at Norman, which Stillwater’s offense did have some success against the Buffaloes, but there are still a few unanswered questions lingering as the season begins. And while those answers may not come the first week, Barnard is optimistic he’ll be closer to a solution after Friday’s game.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Barnard said. “It’s what we’ve been waiting for. We’ve been working hard since last December with this kind of end date in mind. It’s been so much preparation and so much work that we’ve put in. Hopefully we’ve invested so much that we don’t give up easily.” 

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