Owasso aiming high under Bill Blankenship
OWASSO, Okla. (KTUL) —
It's just in his roots... At the beginning of the calendar year, former Union High School and University of Tulsa head football coach Bill Blankenship returned to Oklahoma; this time to Owasso.
And believe it or not, a lot has changed even in Oklahoma since Blankenship coached high school.
"12 years ago, we didn't have spring practice," Blankenship recalled. "Literally, the year after I left, they had [Oklahoma high school] spring practice for the first time. Well, I got to be a part of a lot of spring practices [at the University of Tulsa] but never high school spring practice."
Despite Coach Blankenship's long track record of success coaching high school football in Oklahoma, Owasso doesn't exactly have the recent winning tradition of the likes of Union and Jenks. But he wants to get the program back to that level. And that process is all part of the fun.
"There's no hiding the fact there's been kind of a 'big 2' and everybody else," admitted Blankenship. "And so, we're okay with that. We'll get our cleats on and we'll go chase 'em."
Obviously that's easier said than done. But the Rams have some notable talent on this year's squad. And it will hopefully be an effective nucleus to power Owasso's success in 2017.
"Josh Proctor: Josh got injured in the early part of the season so we want to see him healthy," said Blankenship. "He's certainly a playmaker on both sides of the ball. Wayne Jones is another one of our real leaders; already has a commitment to Kansas State. So, those two guys are three year starters. They're the real deal."
When asked about this year's expectations, "Our guys will hear all the time: We got to win; go 1-0," said Blankenship.
"And you do that enough. You do that enough you got to get into the playoffs. So it's a real simple goal: Get in, get hot."