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Oklahoma high school football: Newcastle relying on veterans as season nears

NEWCASTLE – The Newcastle football team has a valuable advantage heading into the season.

Experience.  

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.  

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Newcastle quarterback Andrew Shumard looks for a receiver during a home game against Blanchard on Sept. 19, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Newcastle quarterback Andrew Shumard looks for a receiver during a home game against Blanchard on Sept. 19, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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