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July 26, 2013

Moore coach Watters stressing work ethic to players

NORMAN — Coach Todd Watters is slightly frustrated. Since Moore ended the 2012 season with a 2-8 record in football, Watters has attempted to get across to the team that winning is not some complicated formula that only a few programs have access to.

“Bottom line, there is no secret to winning,” Watters said. “I’ve been to Jenks football practice, I’ve been to Ada and other places that win year in and year out. There is no secret. They don’t break out the magic pixie dust. It’s just a matter of working your tail off, paying attention to detail in the way you execute and give great effort.”

However, message hasn’t sunk in to the entire team just yet. With the first day of practice set for Aug. 12, the offseason is almost over and a portion of the Lions may have wasted it, according to Watters.

“We are still not where we need to be in our commitment to winning,” Watters said. “We still don’t know what it takes to win. There’s a reason why they’ve been 0-10 and 2-8. The kids and the parents do not understand the commitment that it takes in the weight room. We have about 40 to 50 kids that we can’t run them off. They are going to be here, they are going to work and do the things I ask them. But in 6A football you have to have more than that. We just have to be a little bit more consistent in our understanding of what it takes to win, our commitment to the work ethic that winning requires.”

When Watters took over the Moore program last year, he said then that changing the atmosphere of losing was his first priority. He said it has been a process and the team has made strides in that regard.

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