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May 30, 2014

Fightin' Words: CHS football's ship needs steering

CHICKASHA —

Achieving playoff football is like navigating the Cape Horn, South America's southern tip.

The explorer Ferdinand Magellan had to navigate the islands and outcroppings in rough seas and unpredictable winds, where all that mattered is what his ship did and how it responded. That was in 1520, the most important part of his circumnavigation of the globe, and now it's called the Strait of Magellan. 

That journey can be compared to that of the Fightin' Chicks in 2013, when they became the first team in seven years to reach the playoffs. As that same journey with those same obstacles begins this year, Chickasha is shoving off without its Magellan, a first mate, and an important part of its crew. 

What's worse, time has all but run out to bring important members aboard. Before he announced his resignation last week, head coach Tom Cobble laid out the barriers facing Chickasha in its hiring of essentially a new coaching staff when he said the good candidates tend to go first.

If that's true for offensive coordinators and assistants, it's certainly the case for head coaches. The timing doesn't seem great, but would it have even mattered? JT Cobble, the offensive coordinator that saw a host of key players through their senior year, announced he was leaving in April for the Silwell job.

And in that time, nothing has changed. Granted, the Board of Education did have the matter of appointing a new superintendent, but that drawn-out process has left Chickasha football floating toward the rocks.

Fortunately the crew is already being put through its paces, thanks in part to a man that has to be considered a favorite to step up into the head coach role, defensive coordinator Jerry Don Bray. It was Bray and coach Joe Moulder who organized a winter work out program that Cobble praised while looking ahead to next season.

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