OKLAHOMA CITY — “I think we’ll see change but how we go about it, we all need time to look at how we do it.”
Sheakley had a thought related to that.
“It’s a legitimate question, whether this is a one-time change or whether it opens us up to other activities,” he said. “But football is clearly distinctive in terms of numbers and resources than any other activity. If I’m playing basketball, I’m suiting up no more than 15. Football, you’re talking 40 or more and what you put into that activity is significantly more. And there’s no other end result that’s as pronounced as football.”
Jenks and Union, two of the top three schools in enrollment, have won every championship since 1995. Union has a current average daily membership of 4,257.14 students, Jenks 3,077.47.
Eleven of the schools in 6A have half their enrollment. Muskogee is 21st with 1,540. By comparison, the largest top-to-bottom difference in any classification is 5A with approximately 600 with others in the 200-range.
Josh Blankenship, the Roughers head football coach, isn’t sure what the best option would be.
“There’s a number of formulas and really, none of this was on my radar until we saw that it might be coming to a vote,” he said. “I don’t know which would be right.
“For me it’s a two-sided issue. On one side, there’s the part of me that wishes everyone would quit whining and get better and go compete, but that’s the personality part of me. The other side is that a change might be what’s best for Muskogee High School.”
Sheakley said there is no timetable for revisiting the issue.