Media Day: Southmoore SaberCats
Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:43 pm
News On 6
Originally Published: Aug 21, 2010 8:37 PM CDTGrant Belcher
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY – Few teams in Oklahoma have garnered the attention that the Southmoore SaberCats have over the past two seasons.
In just two seasons since its inception, Southmoore was able to post an 11-2 record and reach the state semifinals last year.
The SaberCats might not have quite the firepower that they sported last season, but will still be a dangerous team offensively.
Southmoore scored 36 points per game last year, good for fourth among all 6A teams. This number was thanks in large part to returning quarterback Kendal Thompson, an OU commit who led 6A in passing last year with 2,793 yards and 29 touchdowns last year.
He also has an impressive running back to turn to in Andrew Long, who ran for 1,542 yards and had 457 receiving yards in 2009.
Despite the loaded roster, the SaberCats have a tough district to fight through, with teams such as Jenks, Broken Arrow and Muskogee competing for the playoff spots.
Coach Chris Jensen said that is exactly the plan, though.
“Ever since the first year we opened the doors, we wanted to go against those guys,” he said. “There’s no hiding the fact that Jenks and Union have dominated high school football over the years, and if you want to beat the best you have to play the best first.”
Jensen said last year’s astonishing season was a good thing for the school, but not entirely unexpected.
“It was really exciting for our program and our fan base and our supporters,” he said. “Not surprising, but exciting. We have high expectations and our players have high expectations.”