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The Sallisaw Black Diamonds have a new man at head coach, Scott Bethel, last years defensive coordinator. Bethel has been coaching at Sallisaw for 16 years and is also an alumni. A Black Diamond at heart, it breeds familiarity with the team.
"Most of these guys I've been here they were in our youth league and they went up to junior high so I've been around them forever," head coach Scott Bethel said.
"He knows the situation, he knows this program better than anyone," senior wide receiver Zane Sparks said. "He made it as smooth as possible, not just for us but for his staff. It's been a very good transition."
Even though Bethel has been with the team for more than a decade, he brings a new fire to the Black Diamonds that they haven't had in awhile.
"I'm all about being a champion, whatever you do and we are always looking for that gold ball," Bethel said.
"The way coach Bethel has been talking, he's been getting us excited. He's been talking about championships not just district title," Sparks said. "That gets young kids, that gets them going."
Quarterback Quint Scoufos is just a junior but it's hard to tell from his 6'4", 230lb frame. Winning will depend on him.
"Our offense is going to be ran around him," Bethel said. " He's gotten a little bit smart, he's gotten bigger and he's gotten stronger."
"He's a leader. He can handle the load, he's a big guy," Sparks said. "He's not just a football player, he's a quarterback. He's a football mind, he's been around it his whole life. He knows the game inside and out."
Last year Jadon Davenport played a huge role in their offense and even with him gone the players aren't worried.
"All players are replaceable but you have to be willing to put the work in, in the offseason, in the weight room," senior tight end Sam Walkingstick said. "We have got guys that have done that."