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Coach Oaks defining
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[AUG. 14, 2003]  Interview by Bob Frank with the Lincoln Community High School football coach:

LDN: This was your first day of practice (Wednesday). What are your thoughts on the upcoming season?

Coach Oaks: We are excited, and we are hoping to take the next step on making the football program a winner. We took some steps last year in getting a few victories, and hopefully we can improve on that this year. Itís going to take a lot of hard work in the next two weeks. The guys have worked real hard in the off-season and Iím pretty pleased in their physical development this last year, and all we need to do now is to transition that over to the field.

LDN: What are your predictions for this season?

Coach Oaks: We always take them one game at a time and itís always hard to say. We have our work cut out for us. We have to open up with three road games, and those are three key games for us because all of them are respectable opponents and getting off to a good start is critical to having a good season. We are going to have to be road warriors in the early going, and if we can do that, we have a real good chance of having a good season. Ö I think we have made some real headway in terms of being competitive, and now the key is, can we get over the hump and start winning some of those close games. We have a legitimate chance of doing anything from making the playoffs with winning five games to having trouble to winning one or two, and it all depends on how we can get started off.


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LDN: Are other teams in the Central State Eight going to change their mind-set when they play Lincoln?

Coach Oaks: Yes, I think last year that we showed that we can play with some people. We played with most teams on our schedule, not all of them, and hopefully we can play with all of them this year, and at least make them prepare for us on a weekly basis. I think that we are earning respect throughout the conference.

[Bob Frank]

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