OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - Just a year removed from being 3-3A Co-Conference champions with Hoxie, the Osceola Seminoles are looking to do a little better than that in 2015.
The Seminoles lost some talent to graduation, like co-quarterback Harold Weeden and two-time all-stater Tevin James, but return plenty of skill including a quarterback who split the reps at QB last season.
Whether it be premonition or a wishful dream, there have been signs that Osceola could be in for a big run. "Actually I dreamed about being at state," said Seminoles Lineman Tavion Bass, "It means a lot to me and my team and we really want that ring this year."
Osceola has a lot to build off of, in 2014 the Seminoles seemed poised for a big playoff run and played some of their best football late in the year. "We did finish the year off good last year," said Head Coach Russell Leggett, "Made it to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Ran into Charleston of course, but had a good game there."
On offense, Tyrek Slayton will see a bulk of the snaps. He saw a share of the plays last season with Weeden. The Seminoles are likely to use a trio of backs to run the football in 2015 with Brenden Parker, Darrius Miller, and Derrell Brown seeing some reps this season.
Defensively, they'll return Bass on the line, who was an all-conference player last year. As far as linebackers go, Osceola will see DeQuinton Littleton look to step up. He was an all-conference guy in 2015 and recorded 107 tackles last season.
With personnel not being an issue for the 'Noles, they'll focus on doing the right things to get ready for the year. "Focus," said Wide Receiver Darrious Bradley when asked what the team was working on, "Focus and discipline."
Looking ahead at the 3-3A, Osceola understands that they have their work cut out for them again this season. "I think it's good for the conference. It's good for the state. A lot of good players," said Seminoles Fullback and Linebacker Brenden Parker.
But co-champions just won't do for the 'Noles this year. "It's not to go co-champions but it is to win the championship," said Leggett, "We'd like to win it outright this year."
Osceola will begin their quest for the title on September 4 against Blytheville.