Atoka football primed to make playoff push this season
ATOKA, Oklahoma (KTEN) - Atoka's Jacob Cupp enters his fifth season leading the Wampus Cats. He's helped turn that program around and a big reason for that is knowing their identity.
"We're going to be pretty multiple," said Cupp. "We're going to find a way to run the ball. No matter what we do, we're going to try to find a way to run the ball, control the clock and then let that open up the pass game."
"Like I said, we're kind of old school with what we do but we're going to spend a lot of time with our fundamentals and hopefully that works out for us."
In the age of spread and air raid offenses, these Wampus Cats have no problem being a physical and gritty team on both sides of the ball.
"That's how we were raised," said Atoka senior fullback and defensive lineman Sean Allen. "We run it down the throats, every play. We got two really good running backs this year, absolute dogs coming out and we're going to be running the ball down everyone's throats, pounding the ball in for touchdowns."
Atoka has made the playoffs in the each of the last three seasons, with all ending in first round exits. Cupp says this is a senior led team that hopes to get them over that hump.
"They're just tough kids," said Cupp. "A lot of them have started for three or at least two years and they've been with me for a long time so we've got a little bit of a bond there. I want them to finish where they should have been finishing all along and I hope we get things done the way they should be done."
"Last year we didn't have much experience, we've got that down so now we're excited," said McCall.