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September 25, 2001

In case you havenít noticed, our Perry high school football team is playing very well these days. The Maroons opened the season with a disappointing loss at Chisholm despite a good team effort, especially in the first half. Following that came a decisive win at Bethany, then a morale-boosting victory over Blackwell, our ancient foe, on Daniels Field. Last week came the third consecutive win, a 47-0 triumph at Wellston, and on next Friday night the PHS Maroons will travel to Kellyville. A win there would run their record to 4-1 heading into the homecoming game with Mounds on October 5. That contest also will mark the halfway point for the season.

From what Iíve seen, Coach Jerry Dombek and his staff have produced a very tough defense and a versatile offense. The Maroons blend a passing attack with a running game that keeps opponents guessing. I canít remember when we have had so much speed, size and physical toughness on a PHS team. On the ground and through the air, the Maroons always seem to be on the march when they have the football. The defense has completely blanked the last two opponents, and that is something that should make the PHS warriors feel proud. Congratulations to all the players, coaches and everyone else who has contributed to the continuing resurgence in Perry high school football. That includes local fans who follow the team faithfully each week.

You may have missed this, also. The Maroons are being bumped up from class 2A to 3A next season as a result of the realignment required on alternate years by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. For the 2002 and 2003 seasons, Perry will be in District 3A-3. Others in that district will be Berryhill, Bristow, Claremore-Sequoyah, Cleveland, Dewey, Meeker and Victory Christian. That means weíll be seeing several teams for the very first time the next two years. Remember when we used to play Enid, Ponca City, Stillwater, Guthrie, Cushing and Guthrie year in and year out? Those were traditional games, but all of those schools are now several classes larger than Perry and we should not be playing them now.

I greatly appreciate those marquee signs on businesses and public buildings around town, but hereís a gentle suggestion: Please keep the information current. The temperature variances from one marquee to another are understandable in this strange Oklahoma climate, and even the differences in the current time can be forgiven. But when coming events are announced it would be very helpful if the folks who feed data to the signboards make sure itís correct and erased when necessary. Otherwise, please continue to keep us posted.