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July 20, 2013

Velma-Alma coach Gothard talks 2013 season at annual run

Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner

VELMA — Taking part in Velma-Alma’s annual Mayor’s 5K Road Race Saturday, V-A coach Greg Gothard knows the competitions that matter most are now just about a month away.

For Gothard and the Comets football team, the 2013 season will kick off with a new set of high expectations and hopes of returning to the playoffs.

It’s easy to see right away that with the season right around the corner, Gothard is more than ready to get his team back on the field.

“I’m just really excited. We had a great summer, the kids are working hard and we’re ready to get going,” Gothard said. “We’re going to be relatively young. If the numbers hold up, we’ll have ten freshman, ten sophomores, seven juniors and two or three seniors.”

Players like senior defensive back Alan Back, junior quarterback Ty Richardson and junior lineman Creed Wright were around “several” players Gothard expects to step up this fall.

“We got a lot of kids that have that leadership quality and I’m pleased with the way they’re working,” Gothard said. “Having as many kids as we have will be a positive this year.

As Gothard knows, having a younger team can prove to be a double edged sword on the field.

“It’s a strength but it can be a curse because they’re not going to know what to do as well as the experienced players, but you can train them to handle those situations,” Gothard said.

The Cometslost star players Checotah Lynn and Dallen Mercer to graduation, but will welcome two new faces on the coaching staff with the addition of new offensive coordinator Colt Allison, formerly of Sayre, and assistant coach Bobby Moore.

“A big focal point this year is improving on defense,” Gothard said. “It always it, but this year we just have to improve, become better tacklers. We have some kids coming up that can do that.”