By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City’s football team returned to the practice field for spring drills.
The Bombers started practices on the last week of school and wrapped up Monday before heading to Bixby Tuesday for team camp.
Coach Darrell Hall said his goal for the spring is to improve every day and help young players learn their offensive and defensive schemes.
“Last year, we were unfortunate and fortunate to play a lot of young kids,” he said. “We have a lot of young kids returning on both sides of the ball.”
For the first time since 2019, the Bombers will have a new opening day starting quarterback. DeAngelo Irvin Jr. graduated after playing nearly every game since his freshman year. Kenny Colston is the projected starter after serving as the backup for the past two years while also starting at wide receiver. Colston has earned Hall’s confidence.
“He played some last year and showed us what he can do,” Hall said. “I’m excited about what he can bring to the table. He’s a really good passer and has a nice touch on the ball.”
Colston’s transition to starter will be made easier by an experienced offensive line and deep group of running backs. Derrion Rodgers and LaSiera LaViolette figure to be the top returning ball carriers. Tackle Jacob Brunson will anchor the offensive line.
Devin Sissons returns at wide receiver, while Aiden Johnson-Tollison and Andrew Reeves will help at tight end.
On defense, Midwest City has some holes to fill on the line and linebacker, while returning several players in the secondary. Keiwon Landrum and Rodgers both saw snaps at linebacker last year.
The secondary will be anchored by Jaylan Woody, Josiah Johnson, Aiden Brown, Felix Fuentes and Santanna Landon.
Midwest City is looking to repeat their success in the regular season while making a run in the playoffs. The Bombers went undefeated in district play but were upset by Piedmont in the first round of the playoffs, in a game that was played during a blizzard.
“We’re in a good spot and it should be another tough year,” Hall said. “Winning district is a good accomplishment, but we should be able to follow that up with playoff wins. (Against Piedmont) We let the weather take us out of it.”
Midwest City will take part in a summer long passing league along with Putnam City North and Shawnee. The Bombers will also compete in the Skordle 7 on 7 tournament June 9 at Norman North.