Coach Bryan Pratt has McAlester as one of the upper crust programs in Class 5A. The Buffs have advanced to the semifinals or better the last three seasons. If they're going to make another deep run they'll have to reload at some key positions and their motto says it all -- We Will. "We had a lot of things that people faced some adversity and some things." McAlester Head Football Coach, Bryan Pratt, "We will win. We will take care of ourselves in the classroom. We will represent our community in a positive way. We use it in numerous ways. So we just adopted the phrase we will and our kids love it. That's kind of the way we break everything down. We will be special because we are McAlester."What a great motto to live by. Last year McAlester did everything that they wanted except one thing, win the gold ball. They were beat out in the state championship, but the Buffs think in 2014, it's their year."It's been great motivation as far as getting there and not making it like we should have." McAlester Defensive Lineman, Riley Smith said, "But we've made it to the semis a lot and we made it to state last year and I think we realized from that loss what we need to come back with for experience and come back with the gold ball."If a gold ball is in their future, McAlester is going to need quarterback Dalton Wood to stay on the field. He had heart surgery his sophomore year and missed a good portion on his junior season after breaking his ankle in week four."I'm really excited if you think about it from my point of view. It's really my junior year since heart surgery set me back." said McAlester Senior Quarterback, Dalton Wood, "So it's a moment I've been waiting for for a long time. I'm ready to do this with my team and our family.""I just think his expectation level through his senior year is a big deal for us." added Coach Pratt, "He's Dalton Wood and he's been successful in everything he does and so we're hoping that stems right into the season."Dalton accounted for 41 touchdowns last season in just eight games. It's scary to think what he could do if he played all 14. McAlester opens the season against Muskogee.
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