Media Day: Lindsay Leopards

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:43 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Aug 23, 2010 4:46 PM CDT

Grant Belcher
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY – Many teams would be excited about making the playoffs each year, but the Lindsay Leopards have more in mind.

Coach Tom Ferguson said his team’s goal is to get past a wall it has been hitting each time it has seen the playoffs.

“We’ve been in the second round I think four times since I’ve been here, and it’s moving on to the next step,” he said. “I think the team is hungry for that.”

Lindsay will be among the favorites to win District 2A-3 this season with 13 starters returning from last year’s squad.

Wide receiver Carson Tate, though undersized at 5-9, is one of the top receiving threats in the class, hauling in 56 passes for 703 yards in 2009. He also added 104 tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back.

But while the Leopards will be solid offensively, Ferguson said it’s his defense that might have the most responsibility.

Class 2A produced some of the state’s top-scoring offenses last year, which resulted in some shootout games.

“We definitely need to improve on our defense and see if we can eliminate those shootouts, those 42-38 scores,” Ferguson said. “But we’ve really got some guys that are playing hard right now and I think we can score some points, too.”