Editor's note: The story will appear in the 2019 Football Preview that comes out Thursday.
The Rush Springs Redskins are looking to add to the program’s tradition under new leadership in 2019.
Mason Anthony was hired to take the reins from Tim Beard and is excited for his first regular season to begin. In an interview with The Express-Star, Anthony said that there were a lot of factors in taking the Rush Springs job.
“Rush Springs is definitely the place to be,” Anthony said. “I’ve always had an idea of some of the top programs in the state, and Rush has very rich tradition.”
Rush Springs has multiple state championships in football. The Redskins’ last state championship came in 1998 with a 45-6 win over Mangum.
The Rush Springs program has had playoff success since then, and Anthony wanted to be a part of that tradition. He certainly wants to add to it.
“I definitely wanted to be a part of that and be back home closer to family,” he said.
Anthony talked about the impressive summer that Rush Springs had. The numbers that showed up for workouts impressed Anthony and so has the work ethic.
He believes that work ethic during workouts has helped the players get better in different aspects of the game.
“They’ve worked their tails off,” Anthony said. “Our kids have gotten stronger. They’ve gotten faster.”
According to Anthony, the Redskins are going to try and play fast on offense during the season while trying to establish the rushing attack first.
“We’re gonna try to run the ball first,” he said. “That’s kind of our mentality.
“We also want to play fast.”
Prior to the start of practices, Anthony mentioned the Redskins had a couple quarterbacks who provide different things in Joey Ward and Mason Dennis.
He also talked about the versatility of Caleb Heston.
Anthony described the defensive philosophy as “controlled chaos.” The Redskins will be looking to confuse opposing offenses.
“We want to look like we’re doing 1,000 different things, but really we’re sound from the snap of the ball,” Anthony said.
The Redskins are looking to start another streak of playoff appearances after a 5-5 season in 2018. The Redskins narrowly missed the playoffs after tying two other teams with a 3-4 district record.
The Redskins begin the season Friday at home against Konawa.