RINGLING, OK - After countless wins and state titles, the Gandy era is officially over at Ringling High School.
"It's a bit different not hollerin' for Coach Gandy. He's got some pretty good ideas and I think we are going to go far with them," said senior fullback, Colton Eubanks.
"I think we are going to make a good run with it, because Coach Justus, he's got intuity. And he is ready to go all the time. He is just as hyped up as Coach Gandy was," said senior linebacker, Guy Patty.
After a 10-2 finish last season, it came a shock to many when Ringling High School hired a new coach. Coach Justus may not be a Gandy, but he understands winning traditions.
"I would like to say here at Ringling I believe the kids are hungry. They understand how to negotiate the path to get there and they know how to take those steps and they are hungry to get back," preached Ringling head coach, Steve Justus.
And they players have already bought into his scheme.
"He's come in here with a winning and positive attitude and I really like him a lot, I think he is really good guy," said senior runningback, Trevor Richardson
"You can tell he is really excited and that makes for a good atmosphere in the field house." Patty said.
"I see 'entergenticism' and a winning attitude," Richardson said.
"It is a situation where this is not the first time I have ever coached, and I have had some good football teams before. But what is also going to help with that is these young men are used to winning and they have high expectations just like I do," Coach Justus said.
These Blue Devils are ready to continue that winning tradition.
"Buckle up and do there job. We have a good chance at making a run at the gold ball," Eubanks said.
"Gold ball," Patty asserted.
"You've waited your whole like for this moment, make a run at a gold ball," stated Richardson.