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September 12, 2013

Chicks look to bounce back against El Reno

CHICKASHA —

A new week for Chickasha has brought about something head coach Tom Cobble focuses his players on repeatedly: overcoming adversity.

Teams don't always come into the week nursing a loss by almost 60 points to a rival, but that's exactly what the Fightin' Chicks have been fighting past in order to prepare for their game against El Reno tonight.

"One message I always give to the guys, about football and life in general, is there's always ups and downs and you'll always face something unexpected," Cobble said. "The great thing about football is is teaches you how to deal with those things in life."

On paper, Chickasha should have an easier time against the Indians than they did against the state-title contending Anadarko last week. El Reno hasn't put together a winning season since 2009, when they went 12-1 with Cobble as the head coach. Now with Chickasha, he admits there is a little more to this game personally knowing a win brings about some friendly bragging rights.

"It doesn't change the preparation or anyone else on the team but me," Cobble said. "They've still got many of the coaches from a few years ago, so I've coached with a lot of them. It's always nice to get that win, because they're your friends and when you see them around you know someone's getting the raspberry."

Even against El Reno -- who also opened their season with a 47-7 loss to Woodward -- Cobble says there is much to work on for his team. The Indians averaged 18.9 points per game last year, and they are expected to try and raise that average under new coach Taylor Schwertfeger, a former wide receiver with Northwestern Oklahoma State.

"Our defensive ends were brand new, along with our outside linebackers," Cobble said. "We had a lot of things to work on and get in some repetitions. It's not easy and it'll take some time for them to learn."

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