Scott Myers isn’t tuned in to the philosophy of a two, three or four-year plan to turn the Boomer football fortunes around.

The new Boomer head coach and his staff are looking to make things happen much quicker, like this year.

“I’m not going to buy into that (three-year type of plan),” Myers said. “If I did that it’s not fair to those 14 seniors who have one shot left.

“We’re putting it in the 2005 season doing what we can to get it turned around right now.”

With that in mind, the Boomers have set three major goals as the season approaches.

“Our three goals are to win the opener and get it going in the right direction, win more than we lose and get to the state playoffs,” Myers said. “Those three goals, year in and year out, won’t change and we reevaluate and add as the season goes on.”

To reach those goals the Boomers have worked hard during the summer and the preseason practices. By opening night, the Boomers will also have a pair of tough scrimmages under their belt against Perryton, Texas and Enid.

Myers said he is pleased with the progress his 40-plus players have made to date.

“I think things are going really well,” Myers said. “It’s new for everybody. I’m really pleased with the way the staff is coming along.

“Each day we’re getting a little better and that’s our goal. Each day if we get better than the day before by the time week 10 comes around we will have an opportunity to play in week 11.”

Myers and his staff, which includes newcomers Jason Paul, Matt Humble and Shon Zollinger along with holdovers Travis Oakley and Greg Moore, are putting in a multiple I offense that will show a lot of different looks and a split eagle defense with a 5-2 base, though “we’ll probably never line up the same each time with those front five guys,” Myers said.

As is typical in the early season, Myers said the defense is a little ahead of the offense.

“The offense is a little behind the defense at this time, but that’s typical year in and year out, especially when it’s a completely new system.”

The Boomers will have a mix of experience and youth to draw from as they look for the school’s first winning season since the 2001 team finished 7-4.

Here’s a look at the Boomers by position.

Offense

Quarterback

Senior Robby Chenoweth missed parts of the last two seasons with injuries and is returning to quarterback after playing as a wide receiver in 2004. Regardless of position, he has playmaking ability.

“He has great speed and is really, really doing a good job,” Myers said. “He gives us some ability in the run game with his speed and his vision has just been excellent.”

Sophomore David Nelson understands what it takes to compete at the varsity level after starting in baseball and seeing game time in basketball as a freshman.

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Senior Anthony Alley saw playing time a year ago, rushing for 153 yards and one touchdown.

“He’s really physical, a good athlete with good speed and power,” Myers said.

Josh Melton, a junior, is a candidate to start as well.

“Josh just really had a quality offseason,” Myers said. “He has good speed.”

Garrett Brechlin is another candidate along with sophomore Tanner Young.

All could see playing time.

“There’s nothing to say we won’t use all four on Friday nights,” Myers said.

Fullback

This is another position with several possibilities.

Seniors Bryce White, Michael Comstock and Jared Wise are available along with sophomores Joseph Cox and Jimmy Blevins.

“We’re looking for the type of guy that can do a lot of things for us,” Myers said.

Wide receivers

Caleb Jones was the Boomers’ top receiver a year ago with 19 catches for 220 yards and a touchdown. Tyson Miller is another senior with experience at wideout.

Junior Tyler Powell was the junior varsity quarterback last season, but has made an early impression at wide receiver.

“He really gives us a good deep ball threat with his speed and he has made plays every day he’s been out there,” Myers said.

Landon Bruehl, Cody Teel, Kyle Brewer, Zeke Holford and Clint Cook are other possibilities.

Tight end

Jacob Ashlock moves over from wide receiver and joins Brady Sunderland, a starter as a sophomore. Sunderland was at Westmoore last year, but has moved back to Woodward.

Mikey Wares, Ruben Jacquez, Matthew Moglia, Roy Rader and William Brown are getting looks.

Offensive line

Candidates for playing time at tackle include Ryan Barby R. J. Huff, Sterling Parks, Allen Walton, Earl Hunt, Kevin Tapia and Anthony Byrd. All have good size.

“They probably have the biggest learning process going on now as far as learning schemes and picking them up,” Myers said.

John O’Dell is a returning starter at guard and is joined by Rocky Menefee, Lance Smith and Derek Branson.

Myers said there could still be moving around between the guards and tackles.

Senior Trevor Cruse has started two years at center.

“He brings great, great senior leadership,” Myers said. “His work ethic is just super.”

Jacob Radke is another candidate for playing time at center.

Defense

Defensive line

The defensive ends include returning starter Barby, who was one of the team’s leading tacklers with 75 stops last season. Also at end are players like Smith, Menefee, Radke, Moglia and Rader.

Tackles are Parks, Walton, Byrd, Brown, O’Dell, Hunt, Huff, Branson and Tapia.

Myers said several of the linemen could rotate in for playing time and all bring plenty of size to the position.

Linebackers

The “Sam” linebacker, or standup defensive ends include Sunderland, Cruse, Jacquez and Wares. Cruse had 57 tackles a year ago.

The inside linebackers are White, Comstock, Brechlin, Young, Wise, Blevins and Cox.

White, Comstock and Wise all have solid game experience.

“They’re doing really good,” Myers said. “This may be one of our deeper groups as far as group work goes.”

Secondary

There are several experienced players in the secondary.

Corners include Chenoweth, Jones, Ashlock, Melton, Bruehl and Brewer.

Working at safeties are Nelson, Teel, Alley, Holford, Powell, Miller and Cook. Miller has started two years.

“They’ve (secondary) looked good,” Myers said. “I think they’ve picked up the schemes pretty well.”

Kicking game

For placekicking duties, the Boomers are looking at Tapia, Brechlin and Bruehl. Tapia was the freshman kicker a year ago.

At punter, Melton and Sunderland are among the candidates to replace graduated Dereck Ramirez, the top punter in Class 4A last season.

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