There will be a rumble in Rogers County come Friday, Aug. 28.
On this day labeled “Week Zero”, Sequoyah will begin its 2020 campaign with a home contest against intra-county foe Inola. The teams have met every year since 2004, but this will be only the fifth time during that span in which the matchup is taking place outside of district confines.
The past two meetings, which the Longhorns won by a combined score of 79-14, were part of the District 3A-4 slate.
However, the final score this time around could look a lot different than in previous years.
Coach Rob Gilbreath and the Eagles are riding a 21-game losing streak, but they have lots to be excited about with a plenty of returners bringing valuable experience back to the gridiron.
Upsetting a rival from only 19 miles down the road would be a huge step toward getting the program back to its former glory.
When: Week Zero | Aug. 28
Where: Pope Athletic Complex, Sequoyah
All-time series: According to IWasAtTheGame.com, Sequoyah leads 16-3
A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS
Overview: How good can Inola be in 2020?
Well, the return of Landon Prows, one of the top passers in the state, might be a sign of promising things to come for the Longhorns.
The senior has thrown for more than 4,000 yards and 43 touchdowns the past two years, and if there is a season this year, it might be his biggest yet.
However, earning a second-straight trip to the postseason will be a difficult task thanks to an improved district. In its Pigskin Preview magazine, VYPE predicted Inola to finish sixth of eight teams in District 3A-4.
How coach Jeff Williams’ squad fares at Jay on Oct. 2 might be an indicator as to its playoff potential.
Key Returner: Prows. As a junior, he led the Longhorns to a 6-5 record while completing 185 of 314 passes for 2,417 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Against Sequoyah, Prows threw for three scores and rushed for another in a 37-14 victory.
The Eagles will look to use the experience of their nine returning defensive starters to put pressure on the electric passer early and often.