Oklahoma high school football: Newcastle relying on veterans as season nears
NEWCASTLE – The Newcastle football team has a valuable advantage heading into the season.
Newcastle hasn’t won more than four games in a season since 2014, but the Racers have a solid group of veterans trying to reverse the trend.
“We have a bunch of three-year starters,” coach Jeff Brickman said. “I think we have 17 returning starters from last season.”
One of Newcastle’s top leaders is senior quarterback Andrew Shumard.
Shumard missed a chunk of last season because of an injury, but Brickman is confident the quarterback will bounce back.
“I’ve coached, I think, three Division I quarterbacks,” Brickman said. “He’s right up there with all of them as far as ability.”
Newcastle will open without star junior wide receiver and defensive back Teagun Jordan, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament near the end of the basketball season and had to wait to undergo surgery because of the coronavirus.
“We hope to get him back by the playoffs, but we’ll see what happens,” Brickman said.