Great Plains Bank Woodward

WOODWARD BOOMERS

Coach: RICK LEUTJEN

SCHEDULE:

9-4 - at Clinton

9-11 - at Bethany

9-18 - vs. Weatherford

9-25 - vs. Western Heights

10-2 - at McGuinness

10-9 - vs. Guthrie

10-15 - vs. Eisenhower

10-23 - at Guymon

10-30 - at Carl Albert

11-6 - vs. Piedmont

 

QUICK HITS:

Woodward won the 1995 state championship, defeating Broken Bow 35-28 in the finals. The Boomers, however, haven't won a district championship since 1985, a year they were upset by Chickasha in the first round. The Boomers won't face Elk City for the first time since 2001. The current series has halted with Woodward winning two in a row and three of the last four. The Woodward- Weatherford series continues on September 18th. The teams have played every year since 2004 and Weatherford has won six straight.

 

LAST 7 YEARS:

2019 - 5-6

2018 - 4-6

2017 - 3-7

2016 - 4-6

2015 - 4-6

2014 - 4-6

2013 - 8-4

 

OFFENSE

The Boomers will focus their attack on the run game this season as head coach Rick Luetjen bases the offense out of the multiple 1-back set. “Offensively we will run the ball first but out of multiple formations under center and in gun. Our goal will continue to be to run the football, move the chains and control the clock. We will however look to throw the football around a little more this year,” said coach Luetjen. Fullback Nash Hunter (5-10, 235, Jr.) is one of the backs expected to see plenty of carries this season. The offensive line features Kenyon Lanham (6-4, 255, Sr.) at left tackle and Damian Chavez (6-2, 355, Jr.) at right guard. They are the leaders up front the Boomers need to play big and play consistent this season. “Lanham is extremely long and rangy,” said coach Luetjen. Wide receivers Zach Chavez (6-0, 165, Jr.) and Taelen Laird (6-3, 175, So.) are exciting players with big play potential. Both are expected to contribute more as the offense looks to throw the ball more than in years past. Five total starters return to the lineup for coach Luetjen, meaning a few new faces will need to mature and join the fray if the Boomers are going to be successful offensively. The coaching staff includes Derrick Luetjen, Shane Pinckard, Zach Warner, Kyle Shryock, and Mike Claflin.

DEFENSE

“We are replacing a lot of great seniors, several that started on both sides of the ball. We had several really good young kids last year that started or played quite a bit so we will be depending on them to step in and be ready to play. Early on we are going to have to develop some depth so as not to have to play as many both ways,” said coach Luetjen. Zach Chavez and Taelen Laird will play the safety positions with Chavez at free and Laird at strong. Nash Hunter and Paul Sullivan (6-1, 205, Jr.) are two linebackers the coaching staff is excited to have back. Both players are productive and give them the ability to mix up coverages. “Nash has started at linebacker since his freshman year and has been a great leader,” said coach Luetjen. “This kid is a true Black and Gold Woodward Boomer, born and raised here, his dad was a great player for Woodward and he plays LB and FB and will hit you in the mouth.” Lanham will go both ways playing end for the defense where his length and quickness allows him to pressure opposing QBs. Also look for Daniel Pinckard in the kicking game. Pinckard comes to Woodward via Russia and is an excellent soccer player making him a natural at kicking

 

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