The McLoud Redskins (6-5, 3-3), accomplished one of their preseason goals with their first playoff berth in the Rusty Hall era.

The McLoud Redskins (6-5, 3-3), accomplished one of their preseason goals with their first playoff berth in the Rusty Hall era.

Their season kicked-off with wins over Harrah and Oklahoma Centennial.

Throughout the season, the Redskins lost two games in a row once, while winning two consecutive games twice and were not shutout all season.

For a team that had not made the playoffs in two years, they relied heavily on 16 returning starters that provided key leadership in order to make a late-season playoff push.

For most teams, switching quarterback in the middle of the season can be a sign of desperation, but for the Redskins, who were 2-1 at the time of the switch from Trayce Abbott to Braxton Hall, appeared to make the right decision as they ended the teams’ playoff drought.

The backfield consisted of a three-headed monster that included Damien Dye, Jaden Mitchell and Colton Kinnamon.

With a running game that moves the chains, the passing game was able to carve up defenses. Layne Phillips, Tanner Jordan, Sylas Bowen and Abbott all proved to be reliable options at Hall’s disposal.

McLoud was efficient on offense thanks to 4 lineman who had starting experience the previous season. Throughout this season, coach Hall challenged his line in crucial situations, and praised them when they rose to the occasion.

On the season the Redskins scored 276 points, while giving up 277.

Devensively, the Redskins were bolstered by Chris Hoepfer, Layne Phillips and Dalton Delong up front. In the secondary, Sylas Bowen and Sean Simpson came up with clutch plays in key games throughout the season.

Special teams was shored up with Tanner Jordan who was reliable as any kicker in district 3A.

The season came to an end with a 28-21 loss in the first round of the 3A playoffs against a top-rated Kinfisher squad on their home turf.

For the seniors graduating, they helped return the program to a playoff-caliber team. Now it’s up to the next class of seniors to step up and lead heading into the 2017 season.