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Pioneers Look To Return To Glory In 2014
For Pioneer fans, the past two season have been tough.

Significant injuries have plagued the team and with the tough 6A competition, the schedule for the last two years has not been forgiving.

The 2014-15 season is clean slate, however, and the Stillwater Pioneers look to make their mark on the new 6A-II division in its first year in existence.

Coach Tucker Barnard spoke on the phone with Pioneer Media about his expectations for his team this upcoming season.

"I can't expect anything less than great effort from our players," Barnard said.

As far as expectations for the season, Barnard is confident his team can really excel and bring the team back to its days of dominance.

"I fully expect that this group of guys is going to leave a legacy that has turned this program back to the pride and glory days of Stillwater football," Barnard said. "People might think I'm naïve, but I think a lot of people will be surprised by how this team will do this year."

The Pioneers start this season of high expectations with Deer Creek, a Class 5A team. The Antlers return several starters in important positions from the group that went 6-5 last season.
In preparation for the game, Barnard said opening games are "obviously the most difficult because you don't have game tape to prepare with."

"You don't know how their personnel will differ from previous years," Barnard said. "You look back to previous years and try to get a feel for what those coaches have done in the pastů and through them we try to determine what their strengths and weaknesses are."

As far as the team goes, Stillwater's offense has several returning starters this year that will help against Deer Creek and beyond.
Senior quarterback Braxton Noble is healthy this season. Noble has thrown more than 1,000 yards in both of the two previous season in only 11 games played.

Surrounding Noble are some familiar players as well, offensive lineman DJ Peckham, Noah Jackson and Cyntrell Carden are all returning to the Pioneer line. With all three linemen able to rotate position, according to Barnard, these seniors should create a stout protection for Noble.

In the backfield, senior running back Cameron Mayberry looks to build on his success from last season, in which he rushed for 379 yards and 8 touchdowns. Mayberry also looks to be a force on the defensive side of the ball, totaling 35 solo tackles as a linebacker last season. At receiver, Noble will have a familiar face to throw to, a target that was one of the top receivers in the state last season. Senior wide receiver Brandon Prather will look to build upon his legacy this season, after bringing in 65 catches for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns the previous season.

Stillwater High School will test their expectations and their seniors Friday at Pioneer Stadium when they face the Deer Creek Antlers at 7 p.m. Follow @StillwaterFB on Twitter for updates throughout the game or listen live on 105.5 FM in Stillwater.
9-5-14 by Zach Collums