Juwan Offray Still Likes OSU

Juwan Offray and the Edna Karr High School Cougars have won 26 of 28 games the past three seasons, including 15 in a row entering last week's game with St. Augustine in a showdown of two top-ranked teams in Louisiana. Offray had a message for his teammates when they entered the locker room at halftime trailing 24-14.

The 5-11, 170-pound Oklahoma State commit and his Cougar teammates are not used to trailing at halftime.

"I just told the defense that it doesn't matter who we're playing or where we're playing them, we have to stick together and make plays," said Offray, a cornerback.

"We were losing 24-14 at halftime and while the team was in the locker room, I said, ‘now we're going to see what we're made of and we're going to see how we handle adversity. We're always on top of people, beating people, now we're going to see who the real men are in here.'"

Edna Karr, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, still trailed the top-ranked Class 5A Augustine Purple Knights by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter before rallying for three touchdowns for the victory. Offray made one of the biggest plays of the game with an interception to set up the Cougars' go-ahead touchdown.

Video of Edna Karr's win over St. Augustine last Friday (with Offray's interception at the 4:00 mark)

"I knew something was going to happen. The whole game I was being too aggressive and they were using my aggressiveness against me. They were hitting me with stop and gos. I knew that I had an OK first half but I told my team that I promise in the second half I'm going to make a play," said Offray, who also intercepted a pass in the season opener in Edna Karr's 34-12 victory over St. Paul.

"Things are going great for me, and also for our football team. Things have been going great for our football team both on the field and off the field, in the classroom," he added.

Offray said he visited with Oklahoma State assistant coach Van Malone last week, and the two talked about the recent Sports Illustrated series spotlight the Cowboys football program

"Coach Malone was telling me about that situation, and he was telling me that everything is going to be OK. He told be everything was going to be all right, that they're just bring up old stuff," said the Edna Karr senior.

"I'm still committed to Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State has a good program, and it's more than just football. I know I'm going up there on a football scholarship and I know what they expect from me as far as football but I have to take care of business in school also."

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Edna Karr, 2-0 and ranked No. 19 in this week's USA Today Super 25. The Cougars have a week off before facing USA Today's No. 22 John Curtis Christian on Thursday, Sept. 26.

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