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Gaining Experience In Olney

"With every snap, we build more confidence," head coach Gunter Rodriguez said.

The biggest lesson learned from Olney's 2011 season was one that can't be taught: experience.

A young Cubs team won only two games last year, and now 15 starters are back in 2012.

"It's going to push us that much more to be more successful and do the small things," senior runningback/cornerback Shane Cunningham said.

Little things include tackling and blocking. The Cubs will be blocking to try and run a successful Wing-T offense, the second straight season with the offense. Rodriguez says pairing together the smashmouth offense with fast, hard-working offensive lineman is a perfect fit.

"It fits our personnel," Rodriguez said. "We've found a home offensively."

One of the owners of that home will be junior Taylor Thomas, who's stepping into the starting quarterback role. He's playing the position for the first time in his football career.

It's probably the toughest thing I've ever done, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it every day," he said.

The day-to-day grind will help determine the success of Olney in 2012. The Cubs compete in a tough, all-Texoma district with Windthorst, Seymour, Quanah and Archer City.

The players know they're the underdogs.

"I don't think they (opponents) think very much of us," Thomas said. "Hopefully, we'll sneak up on them and get a win."

As the grind continues, the Cubs gain more experience, which Rodriguez says is no doubt the biggest difference between 2011 and 2012.

Olney 2012 Schedule

8/31 vs. City View
9/07 at Anson
9/14 vs. Jacksboro
9/21 at Santo
9/28 vs. Haskell
10/05 at Electra
10/12 at Seymour
10/26 vs. Windthorst
11/02 at Quanah
11/09 vs. Archer City

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