By Mike Tupa

Despite the challenges associated with jumping back into Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association competition, the Wesleyan Christian School grid program is putting its best foot forward this summer.

“We’re just thinking positively,” said veteran Mustang head coach Curt Cloud. “It looks like we might gain a few kids.”

By joining — or rather, re-joining — the OSSAA, WCS can compete only with student-athletes enrolled at the school, rather than be bolstered by talent from the homeschool ranks.

As a result, only six or seven players have consistently participated in Summer Pride conditioning, Cloud said.

“We’re just hoping to get enough for a team,” said Cloud, who’s Mustangs compete in eight-man football. “We’re still working on five or six kids.”

Some of the boys have or will hone their skills this summer at camps at Oklahoma Baptist University or Southern Nazarene University, Cloud noted.

WCS also hosted its own camp — which included Copan and Bluejacket — in late May.

During that camp, quarterback two-year starter Austin Cobb looked sharp in throwing the ball to veteran receiver Hudson Sparks and others, while returning tailback Preston Francis ran the ball hard.

Last year’s Mustangs powered to a 6-4 record.

Assuming Cloud gets enough bodies out to form a team, the Mustangs appear to have the potential to be successful in the OSSAA grid wars.