This could be the moment Sequoyah has been waiting for since November 2017.
Depending on what happens against Rogers County foe Inola in Week Zero, the Eagles might be looking at their best shot at a first win in nearly three years.
With a tough district schedule ahead, Sequoyah has a chance to flex its defensive experience from nine returning starters and assume control early against a young offense that will likely struggle to move the ball in an effective manner.
The fact that this is the first meeting between the schools since 1993 adds even more intrigue and spice to the matchup. Sequoyah won that game 46-13.
Hopefully fans will be allowed to make the one-hour trip to Haskell to experience what could be an exciting night for Eagles football.
When: Week 1 | Sept. 4
Where: A.B. Shockley Stadium, Haskell
All-time series: Sequoyah leads 1-0
A LOOK AT THE HAYMAKERS
Overview: Aside from donning one of the coolest nicknames in Oklahoma football, Haskell doesn’t have much going for it in 2020.
The Haymakers haven’t advanced to the postseason since finishing as the Class 2A state runner-up in 2015, and with little returning from last year’s 4-6 squad, that trend is likely to continue.
Haskell returns only one offensive lineman and will be breaking in a new quarterback and running back. Its top receiver recorded less than 20 receptions in 2019.
Youth will be an issue on defense as well, which second-year coach Greg Nation jokingly alluded to in the VYPE Pigskin Preview.
“We will be very young on defense,” he said. “I think only one of them has to shave.”
Key Returner: Zach Abernathy. Whether this kid started last year is unclear, but his measurables are impressive for any player at the high school level, let alone a junior. He will probably be a force on the defensive line, using his 6-foot-2, 340-pound frame to his advantage.
Sequoyah coach Rob Gilbreath will likely have his offense running opposite of Abernathy to establish some early momentum.