A new era has begun in Broken Arrow. 1982 BA grad David Alexander begins his first season as the head coach of the Tigers. He takes over a program that is prime to take the next step and win the school's first state championship.
"There have been some great football coaches here that have built the program up and I'm awfully lucky to have that base that those guys built for me." said Broken Arrow Head Football Coach, David Alexander, "For us to beat Union and Jenks it's going to be a really big step. Once we break through that barrier and set the tone, things will change. But until we're able to get it that first or second time, then we've got a big step to climb."
"We want to start a legacy here, cause we haven't won a gold ball and so no one knows what it's like and doesn't know what it takes to win that gold ball." Broken Arrow Safety/Receiver, Jake Fruechting said, "Us seniors want to start that. It takes 100% effort. You can't slack off any play. Because one play could cost you a game, cost you a championship."
The Tigers are looking for Coleman Key's replacement at quarterback. They've whittled it down to two. Right now senior Austin Gilmore and junior Scott Gilkey are leading the race.
"Both guys are fantastic kids, both smart." said Coach Alexander, "Gilmore is a senior whose seen a lot of things and been in a couple of offenses now. He's picked everything up really really well. You know Scotty, the first thing you see when you see Scotty is a six four guy who can throw the ball about 70 yards. They both get along. They both support each other when they're practicing, so it's going to be a fun battle when we get pads on."
Whoever wins the position will have the luxury of having an experienced offensive line in front of them. There maybe questions at quarterback, but the answer at running back is a talented guy named Jamal Shaw.
"I expect huge things from Jamal. I hate that I'm putting that much pressure on him just being a junior, but he's proven to me over the last year and a few months that he can handle it." Coach Alexander said, "The best thing that he has is vision. He seems to see everybody on the defense. The bigger the game the tougher he plays. He loves the big game. Being a sophomore last year, the bright lights, you could see it then. He had his best games against Jenks and Union. So, if he'll carry the mentally into thirteen games this year like that, he'll have a fantastic year."
Coach Alexander will start off his tenure at BA with a tough non-district slate. The Tigers start with Owasso, then face the defending Arkansas 7A Champ Bentonville and last Union.