"It's gonna be a lot of competition every week, and we really just respect all these other teams," said St. Thomas More senior receiver Justin Bristow. "We know where they've come from. They know where we've come from. It's obviously not gonna be a walk in the park."
St. Joseph-Ogden had the most success of all the Okaw newcomers last year, advancing all the way to the state title game.
"A lot of these guys got to play in a big game last year," said SJ-O head coach Dick Duval. "Hopefully that will help them this year when we get into those big games, which there's gonna be quite a few of them during the regular season this year with this conference."
SJ-O and STM will play their Okaw Valley openers in week four against each other.
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