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September 6, 2013

Thwart the Fort?

Tahlequah aims to take down Fort Gibson in season opener.

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Fort Gibson using opener as potential launching pad

There is a faction of high school football coaches that will admit they could care less about winning and losing during non-district games. Don’t count Fort Gibson head coach James Singleton in that group this year.

“A lot of coaches say the first three aren’t important,” Singleton said. “But I think the first game could be a springboard. It was a big boost of confidence last year.”

Fort Gibson used a 40-20 win over Tahlequah in 2012 to catapult itself to a Class 4A quarterfinalist in the playoffs.

Singleton said the goal is to not let Tahlequah turn the tables on Fort Gibson this year.

“It could be a big game for Tahlequah,” he said.

The key to success for Fort Gibson is avoiding turnovers, Singleton said.

“Turnovers and special teams are always big in every game,” he said. “In that first week, you’re going to have some kids with nerves in playing their first varsity football game under the lights. And that’s why that turnover issue is always big in the first game.”

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