Union Looking To Get Back To Championship Form

Since Kirk Fridrich took charge in 2007 the Union Redskins have had tremendous success. They've reached the finals of Class 6A six times in his seven seasons and capturing four state championships. But it's been a while since they last hoisted the gold ball and Coach Frid says he can sense a renewed spirit and hunger from his team to win another title. "It's interesting you haven't won a championship in two years and people say it's been a while." said Union Head Football Coach, Kirk Fridrich, "But those are the expectations that we have here at Union. This group as freshman we talked about a lot of high expectations of them when they were a freshman class and they haven't won one. They've had opportunities, but they haven't won one, so definitely they have a big focus going into this season."The Union Redskins will test themselves again this year with a tough non-district schedule. They open up at Southlake, Texas, come back to Tulsa for the Backyard Bowl against Jenks and then take on the Broken Arrow Tigers. "For us if you can stay healthy through that process it gives us a chance to be tested." said Coach Fridrich, "You don't get away with mistakes. Every mistake will be gleaming in front of you if you play very tough competition. For us that's what we do. That's how we've built our program and our foundation of our season is to look at the tough opponents like Southlake, like Jenks, like Broken Arrow and see where you're at right before you get into district play."One thing that helps bring comfort to this coaching staff as they get ready to run the gauntlet is having a returning senior quarterback. Mason Farquhar threw for over 2,600 yards and scored 27-touchdowns as a junior. "It's huge." said Coach Fridrich, "Especially with the type of leadership that Mason has. It's just an innate ability to make those around him better and push kids. To have him back there is a comfort level there for sure.""Last time when I came out last year I was fighting for a spot so, now I just get to focus more on the team rather than I do on myself." said Union Senior Quarterback, Mason Farquhar, "Focusing on what I need to do better, I can focus on what my teammate needs to do better and help him out."Union's success may depend on how will they replace guys who are now playing in college, but that's something they are used to having to do.