Haynes Speaks After Playoff Loss

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is hot right now and as promised we continue to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Here is an interview with West Orange-Stark athlete and Oklahoma commit James Haynes after the first round of the playoffs, a game in which his team lost 41-36.

In the state of Texas, the West Orange (TX) Stark football program is one that has plenty of rich history after many years of success. But the 2009 season was somewhat uncharacteristic of the Mustang team.

Most years, this team advances several rounds in the playoffs, but last Friday at Huffman Stadium, the Coldspring-Oakhurst team made the plays necessary to end the Mustang's run. In the end, 41-36 was the final score.

In the loss, the game play of West Orange (TX) Stark athlete James Haynes was definitely worth mention. He spoke to Sooners Illustrated after the game.

"You know most of us start on both sides of the ball and we all had to put a lot of effort into this game," Haynes said. "Unfortunately we still came away with a loss."

At halftime, West Orange team was down by 10 points, but came back in a major way scoring three consecutive touchdowns to take the lead. But Coldspring did not give up, scoring late in the game to close the lead.

Then something happened. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Haynes considered this the turning point of the game.

"The turning point of the game was that interception in the fourth quarter," Haynes said. 

What may even be worse than the interception was that on the next play, Coldspring capitalized on the defense and scored immediately. 

In a losing effort, Haynes had seven receptions for 80 yards and had another 48 yards on special teams in the return game. Defensively, which is the side of the ball he will play on when he gets to Oklahoma, he recorded nine tackles and a forced fumble.

"I think the coaches want me to play defensive back," Haynes said. After talking with coach (Bobby Jack) Wright, they want me to play the cornerback spot."

Haynes, and teammate Try Franks, both made their commitments to Oklahoma back in late July. Now that months have passes, Haynes said that the communication between he and the Sooner coaches is still strong.

"I'm keeping in touch with the coaches a lot. In fact, I talked with coach Wright this past Sunday," Haynes said in the prior Friday interview. "I have not made plans for when I will go down to Oklahoma yet. But after what just happened, my official visit may be coming up sooner than I expected."

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