By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
HENNESSEY, Okla. —
Before Chisholm was 4-0, and even before the Longhorns’ 5-5 2012 season, district 2A-1 rival coach Rick Luetjen, a 1978 Enid grad and long since Chisholm follower, has seen this coming.
The second-year Hennessey coach, Chisholm’s next opponent at 6 p.m. Friday in Hennessey, was even excited about it. Like, really excited.
“I was excited about them at the end of last year,” Luetjen said. “We thought they’d won that last game of the season (Chisholm lost to Tonkawa, 27-14), and that they’re were going to get into the playoffs and I was excited for them there. I’m excited to see where they’re at now, and I’m excited about the game Friday.”
In previous years, the excitement to play Chisholm was for entirely different reasons.
Hennessey hasn’t lost to Chisholm in 10 meetings, winning each since 2003 by an average of 27.3, a margin that balloons to 44.2 in the last five matchups, most recently a 46-6 Hennessey win in 2012 that snapped a three-game shutout streak or the Eagles.
Not that Hennessey has been an easy out.
Nevermind the back-to-back 2A-1 titles, Hennessey hasn’t lost a district game in two years, winning 12 straight since a 2010 loss to Watonga (even then the grieving was brief -- the Eagles won the first of two straight state titles six weeks later).
Still, Luetjen said 2A-1’s de facto old guard and the most successful team in Class 2A’s recent history altogether isn’t looking past Chisholm, which at 4-0 overall and 1-0 in 2A-1 has a chance to beat two district favorites in two weeks after ending a nine-game losing streak against Alva on Friday with a 21-13 win.
“We approached them that way last year,” Luetjen said. “We were very impressed with where coach Reinart had them last year … Our kids are smart enough to understand that they’re a better football team this year, and that they’ve got things going in the right direction … We know they’re fired up right now at 4-0 and having a chance to win the district basically Friday night.”
Hennessey running back William Arndt, less than a week removed from setting career highs in carries (18), yards (178) and touchdowns (4) in a 38-14 win against Tulsa NOAH, said that while he recognized the Longhorns were improved, he added in no uncertain terms that he expected an 11th straight win against Chisholm on Friday.