Press conference in Mansfield, Texas kicks off Border Brawl 2
Tigers open season against Mansfield High on Aug. 31
Coach David Alexander and Broken Arrow seniors Myles Slusher and KeJuan Tolbert made a trip to Mansfield, Texas today, exactly a month before the Broken Arrow Tigers cross the Red River for year two of the Border Brawl and their return game against the Mansfield High School Tigers.
A year ago, Broken Arrow led the way as the Tulsa-area schools won four of the five games in the inaugural Border Brawl. Wednesday, the five local teams – BA, Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs and Union – met with coaches and players from the five Mansfield schools for a Border Brawl press conference in Mansfield.
“Year-in and year-out we want to schedule tough teams,” said Mansfield High School interim head coach Greg George. “Hands down, this is one of the best teams we’ve played since I’ve been in Mansfield these 17 years.”
Broken Arrow defeated Mansfield High, 28-6, leading 21-0 at halftime. The Tigers held the visitors from Texas to just five first downs and 50-yards of total offense.
“At Mansfield High we really like to play good teams,” George said. “What a better way to start the season then against a state champion.”
Coming off a 13-0 season and its first football state championship, Broken Arrow players are anxious for the Aug. 31, 7 p.m. season-opener at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium.
“We’re ready to go,” Alexander said. “The kids are tired of working out, tired of lifting and tired of running. They are ready to put the helmets on and start practice.”
The first day of practice for the Tigers is Aug. 12.
The game at Mansfield will be the fourth time the Tigers have played in Texas. The Tigers are 2-1 in the Lone Star State, defeating Odessa Permian, 65-26, in 2011 and Coppell, 24-17, in 2015. Broken Arrow Lost to Euless Trinity, 39-16 in 2016.
“It means a lot (to be able to play in Texas),” said Slusher. “It’s definitely bragging rights because Oklahoma-Texas has always been a rivalry.
“It helps our team get exposure because some of our players that are overlooked may get the exposure they need.”
Alexander called the trip a “cool opportunity” for his players.
“As a Broken Arrow Football team, our players, our parents, our boosters just love it,” he said. “Getting to come down here and compete is something we cherish.”