By Morgan Taylor, Reporter
DEWAR, Oklahoma – On Dec. 18, the 21-man football team Dewar Dragons traveled down to Alva, OK in the new MCN Charter bus, to meet their rivals Laverne Tigers for the Class B football state championship.
Dewar Public Schools have a high number of Native American students. Over half of the football team is made up of Muscogee (Creek) citizens as well the Head Coach Joshua Been.
Been is a Dewar Alum and just finished his fifteenth year coaching the Dewar Dragons with an overall record of 163-52.
Heading into the championship game, the Dragons had gone undefeated all season long, 13-0.
“This is definitely one of those situations where we had fallen short the last few years and felt like we had big opportunities,” Been said. “Our expectations were extremely high; we had a lot of returning starters and felt like we had a lot of pieces to the puzzle to make it happen.”
In 2007 was the last time the Dragons went to the state finals where they were runners-up, until this year where they took home their first ever gold ball with a win of 38-20 against the Laverne Tigers.
Defensively, the team only allowed 5.3 points per game over the course of the season. “That’s something we are extremely proud of,” Been adds.
For the season, offensively, the team averaged 109 yards passing per game and around 320 yards rushing per game.
Dragons quarterback Joey Fowler was named Class B Football Offensive Player of the Year. Fowler accounted for 64 touchdowns and 3,842 yards for the season pre-championship game.
Shawn Maxwell, Tylor Maldonado, Thomas Brownfield, Baylor Selby, Micah Cloud, and Marshall Been were other players named by Coach Been for their hard work for the 2020 season.
“We are pretty excited about this win and doing this for the community,” Been said. “We are so proud of them and happy for them and as a coach I thank God for the opportunity to be the coach of Dewar where I graduated.”
“I came back home 15 years ago with a plan and over the course time and a lot of football games, I am excited this group could be the ones to finish it,” Been said.
According to Coach Been, he has high hopes for next football season.