And with four shutouts in the Knights' last six games — including a 45-0 win over a strong San Antonio Roosevelt squad in the second round of the playoffs — Steele looks capable of another state run, thanks in large part to Sterns's play.
"It's going great," Sterns said. "Everybody is locked in and focused and when it matters, people are making big plays and forcing turnovers. That's what you need to make a state run. Everybody's stepping up, and I'm loving it right now.
"We shut out a team that was better than the team we played last week, and allowed just 14 total yards in the first half," Sterns said. "That's always a good feeling when you hold a pretty explosive team to no points like that."
The Knights have been to the state title game each of the last two years and plan on making it three, Sterns said. And while he's busy patrolling the Knights' secondary, he admits he's been keeping a watchful eye on the Cowboys, reveling in defensive outings like the ones Oklahoma State put up on Iowa State, TCU and Texas Tech in recent weeks.
"They're playing great," Sterns said. "You have to love watching the offense play, and the defense has been outstanding. They held Tech to 21 points, a very high-powered offense. I love to see that, because I'm a defensive guy. But you have to love the way they're playing
"That's the school I'm going to, and I'm very glad I picked them," Sterns said. "I'm looking forward to it."