There have been a lot of changes in the world since 1995.

There have been a lot of changes in the world since 1995.

From music, to prices at the pump, things are significantly different now than they were at the mid-point of the 90’s.

But while this year might seem like long ago, it’s carrying a special significance these days for the Lone Grove Longhorns.

Tonight at 7 p.m. in Lone Grove, the Longhorns will try and match their best start to a season since 1995 when they go for a 5-0 start against the Douglass Trojans from Oklahoma City.

“This is an important game for us because we need to keep things moving in a positive direction as we move through our district schedule,” Lone Grove coach Brad O’Steen said. “OKC Douglas will come ready to play. They have plenty of athleticism throughout their team, and we must be able to defend against their speed. We cannot allow them to beat us with big plays, and they are capable of scoring quickly with their speed.”

Last week the Longhorns showed they are to be taken as a serious contender in District 3A-2 as they dismantled Pauls Valley by a score of 54-21.

Lone Grove currently sits in a four-way tie atop the district standings with Sulphur, Marlow and Plainview as those teams sport 1-0 district records and 15 district points.

Douglass meanwhile enters this game 0-4 on the season and is coming off the heels of a tough 41-2 defeat last week against the Marlow Outlaws.

“Defensively we cannot give up any big plays by their offense,” O’Steen said.  

“We must contain them and run to the football quickly on defense. Offensively we hope to run the football, move the chains and maintain control of the momentum. We do have the option to pass to mix things up, and we will do that when we feel it is necessary. The longer our offense is out there and their offense is on the sideline the better we like it.”

Last year when these two teams met in Oklahoma City, Lone Grove managed to escape with a narrow 16-14 victory.