LONE GROVE, OK -- There's a new face calling plays in the Lone Grove Longhorns huddle this season. First-year head coach Jeremy Turner takes over for Kenny Ridley, who coached the team for seven seasons.
This is Turner's first time being a head football coach but he's no stranger to the Lone Grove program.
"I'm a Lone Grove graduate, I'm an alumni, I played football here. I think I'm bringing back a passion just about this community and about this school that I hope our kids can pick up on," he said.
Last season the Longhorns went 5-6 making it to the playoffs for the second time in three years, but they couldn't get passed round one.
This season they hope that working hard in practice will allow them to still be playing come week 11.
"One of the things that I want our kids to focus on is just playing fast. Speed is the equalizer in the game of football. So we just want to focus on being as fast we can, in everything that we do. We try to practice fast and play fast," Turner added.
The Longhorns have a lot of strengths going into this season, one of them being the way they handle difficult situations
"Our strength is our toughness. I think we have a lot of really hard-nose kids. I think just toughness and the ability to deal with tough things physically and mentally will be the thing that we can build upon," the former baseball coach said.
"We've worked so hard that we can push ourselves to a point that we haven't been able to pass before and that's really going to help us in the games," sophomore quarterback Grant Harmon concluded.