Team: Sandra Day O'Connor
Head coach: Rick Mey
2006 Record: 7-4
Region: 4A1 Western Sky
8/22- Scrimmage @ Goldwater
9/14- @ Cholla
9/21- @ Cactus
9/27- Mingus (On Cox 7)
10/12- Thunderbird (Homecoming)
10/19- @ Sunnyslope
Key Losses: DB/WR Steve Van Kolen,
O'Connor makes the move from 5A2
down to 4A1 and Coach Mey knows the competition will be just as fierce. He tells
24-7, "This will be the best team we have ever had at O'Connor. However, the move down to 4A1 may not be
as pleasant as some think. Our non region schedule this season is much tougher
than anything we have seen in the past.
The Eagles have been working hard and the results are showing in the weight room. Mey says, "All of our kids have worked extremely hard in the weight room. We just tested this past week in Power Clean / Squat / Bench. We have 12 players total over 800 lbs, 3 over 900, 3 over 1,000, and 2 over 1,100. This team will be the strongest I have ever coached."
All of the hard work aside, the offense will have to be more consistent if they plan on repeating the 7-4 season they had last year and Coach Mey knows this, "Our offense needs to improve to the explosive unit it was in the past. Two and three years ago, we averaged over 30 points a game. Last year that average dropped to 10. We really struggled on offense."
Players that the coaching staff expect big years from are two-way all region player Robert Robbins, Alex Edwards (5-8 210 DL/RB), Elliott Ness (6-1 215 LB). He played the entire season last year with a broken bone in his foot that really slowed him down and affected his play according to Mey. RB Johnny Lucas (5-8 200) and juniors Correy Minnex (OL), Dillon Baker (OL), Jager Lee (LB and #2 rusher), Tyler Rajec (FS) and Tyler Ermisch (LB) are the others that will be counted on to make plays.
Junior QB Bruce Eisenhauer returns but transfer Daniel Davis is pushing him for playing time. Mey says that no matter what happens both are too good to be kept off the field at one position or another.
Mey sums his team up well stating, "We are blessed with a team consisting of a lot of quality kids. This group of is a lot of fun to be around and possess an outstanding work ethic. I would be very proud of my son, if he grew up to be like one of these young men."