Eagles Have Everything to Gain, Nothing to Lose
Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:41 pm
News On 6
Originally Published: Aug 17, 2010 5:17 PM CDTStephany Speck
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
DEL CITY, Oklahoma -- The Del City Eagles are flying high after the school installed a new turf field. The team may have a new playing field, but several familiar faces will be returning this season.
Coach Nick Warehime will be looking to his five offensive and five defensive starters to show the underclassmen the ropes. Leading the class is Chazten Gonzalez, the Eagles’ quarterback.
“Chazten’s our trigger man,” Warhime said. “We started him as a sophomore and junior.”
Gonzalez has thrown over 4,000 yards for Del City, racking up 25 touchdowns, and this year the Texas Christian University commit will be utilized even more.
“We’re going to get a chance to go let him run some too,” The Eagles head coach said.
Teammate Jamelle Naff will be Gonzalez’ main source of protection in his new running game. The right tackle, sizing up at six-foot-four-inches and weighing in at 315 pounds, is still undecided on where he’ll attend college, but considering TCU and Missouri.
“I’m glad we got him for one more year,” Coach Warhime said. “He’s going to be a heck of a player before it’s all over.”
The team’s anchor on defense is in Quintrell Boykins. The five-foot-eleven-inch, 175 pound linebacker may be small for his position, but he’s quick enough to be efficient. Last year he racked up 125 tackles.
The team itself is also small--the Eagles are the smallest school in their class.
“Everybody we play is two or three times larger than us,” Warhime said. “We have everything to gain, nothing to lose.
Coach Warhime and his team don’t let the numbers dictate their focus though. They’ll fight for every play, scrap for every loose ball and find their way into the end zone.
“We’re the underdog every time we go out there and play,” Warhime said.
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