Baron Winter

Oklahoma Bible Academy's Baron Winter scrambles out of the pocket against Okeene Oct. 5, 2018, at OBA. 

ENID, Okla. — It's been a much-anticipated wait for Oklahoma Bible Academy's season-opener.

From the moment the clock showed all zeros in last year's finale loss to Fairview nearly 10 months ago, quarterback Baron Winter and the rest of the Trojans have been focused on preparing for Friday night.

"We're really ready for this one," Winter said.

OBA hosts Oklahoma Christian Academy at 7 p.m.

New head coach Chris Cayot will lead the Trojans onto the field for the first time after spending the past four seasons at Laverne.

Despite OBA having high-expectations of getting back to the postseason for the first time in five years, Cayot, who's coached football for 23 years, isn't feeling much pressure. Instead, he's eager to begin a new chapter in his career.

"The guys I'm working with, these coaches are awesome," he said. "We have an awesome school support, administration, family support, parent support. It's a pretty easy place to coach."

Cayot's arrival meant an adjustment in schemes for OBA, particularly on the offensive side. The Trojans hope to possess more of a passing attack than previous years, something Winter — now a senior — is looking forward to.

"It wasn't too bad of a transition into it," Winter said. "We've learned it well. We've been going at it for about three weeks and we've picked up on it a ton. We're ready to show it off. It's gonna look good."

Winter added the receiving corps is at full-strength after ending last season banged up. Junior wideout Jett Cheatham returns to the starting lineup after missing the final three games. Although the Trojans lack depth in numbers, Winter is confident everyone has the capability of being a "huge play-maker."

OBA may add a tad more style to its offense, but it's not turning its back on the basics. Cayot said the Trojans made several changes to revamp the offensive line in order to better their rushing attack.

"We've been preaching that even before we starting focusing on OCA," Cayot said. "Just to have a solid running game that we can build everything else off of.

"We like to throw the ball, but we also want to do some RPOs (run pass option) and that kind of stuff. You got to be able to run it a little bit to do that."

After watching film on OCA, Winter believes OBA should find success on the ground against the Eagles as they tend to play with only five in the box.

Defensively, the Trojans' attention is focused on OCA senior quarterback S'Mauri Abram.

In last year's season-opener between the two schools, OBA rallied to win 36-13 after trailing by a touchdown at the end of the first quarter. Abram struggled in the passing game, completing just 12 of 30 attempts for 87 yards and an interception. However, on the ground, he rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

The Trojans' victory against the Eagles was the beginning of a 6-game win streak to start the season.

Hoping for another hot-start, Winter isn't taking Friday's game lightly and understands the importance of opening the season with a 'W.'

"It's huge," Winter said. "It'll be a fun game. There'll be a big crowd out there Friday night, but it'll be a big win for us to start out the season 1-0."

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Nagel is a sports reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.

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