When you hear the word testosterone, what comes to mind? Many folks think of a large, muscle-bound man who is too aggressive and macho. Of course, that stereotype is untrue. Testosterone plays a role in a man's motivation and vigor, but it does much more than that. The truth is that testosterone is crucial for the male body because it affects development from puberty through old age.
As your primary androgen, testosterone helps develop the characteristics that make you the man you are. Controlled by your pituitary gland and your hypothalamus, testosterone helps maintain and develop:
Unfortunately, when your body suffers from low testosterone (also called hypogonadism), you'll start to notice concerning symptoms that affect every aspect of your life.
This is a question we get all the time at Rank One Medical. Though the true answer is nuanced, the bottom line is that aging is most often the reason for low T. Every man who ages will most likely have lower testosterone than younger men. Other causes of low testosterone include prescribed medications, drug abuse, injuries, and obesity.
When you lose large amounts of testosterone, it alters your testosterone and estrogen. Low T levels usually result in more abdominal fat, which in turn causes estrogen synthetase levels to jump. This creates even higher levels of estrogen in your body. With more estrogen and less testosterone, several concerning issues manifest.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with low testosterone include:
If you're a man struggling with just one of the symptoms above, it could be because you have low testosterone. However, the only way to be certain is to have your testosterone levels tested. If your testosterone levels are low for a man of your age, TRT in Eufaula, OK, may be the next logical step.
Have you noticed that you don't feel like "you" when you're working or relaxing at home? Do you always feel lethargic or unmotivated, even on your days off? Do you find it challenging to maintain an erection? Many men mistake these symptoms for being overworked or over-busy. Truthfully, though, there's a good chance these are symptoms of low testosterone. Since no two males have the same symptoms of low testosterone, it's prudent to understand and recognize some of the most common signs.
When you have low T, it's not unusual for sex to be unappealing. Crazy, right? If you're one of the thousands of men in the United States suffering from a low sex drive, it might not be you. It could be low testosterone. Don't settle for a mediocre libido - reclaim your sex life with Rank One Medical.
Also called ED, these are two words that every man hopes to avoid. When you're unable to perform in the bedroom, it's not just embarrassing - it can also affect your long-term relationships and even your mental health. ED is a challenging topic to talk about. But it doesn't have to be. TRT in Eufaula, OK can help re-light that special spark you've been missing for so long.
Your brain has many testosterone receptors. However, when you're suffering from low testosterone, it can affect your mood. With time, those feelings can lead to serious psychological issues like depression. However, studies show that TRT can help rebalance your hormones, which can lead to improved mood and a life without depression.
When you work hard all day, most men want to come home, eat some dinner, and try to go to sleep. Unfortunately, men with low testosterone tend to toss and turn, even when they're exhausted. Whether you have undiagnosed insomnia or a different sleep disorder, low T could be the culprit.
When testosterone levels lower as we get older, men have a harder time lifting heavy items. That's true even if you're hitting the gym and lifting weights to maintain your muscles. If you're making a concerted effort to keep your muscle mass and strength but aren't making gains, it could be due to low testosterone.
Do you find it extra challenging to finish normal tasks at work? Do you believe your memory is getting worse? Does your spouse or partner yell about not paying attention to them? Trust us; we've been there. The effects of low testosterone don't just affect your body - they can also affect your mind and memory. When TRT brings your testosterone levels back within normal range, brain fog and other concentration issues will often go away.
At Rank One Medical, we understand what men go through every day when living with low testosterone. They suffer from low libido, lack of motivation, and often feel abnormal and out of place. But as bad as those are, living with low testosterone can have more severe health risks that put your vital organs at risk.
Some of the health risks you should be concerned with include the following:
When you're diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, you may be wondering why. Sometimes, the culprit is having low T. Statistically, men with low testosterone have a higher chance of getting diabetes as they age. In the same vein of thought, men with diabetes are also much more likely to have low T. This fact establishes a relationship between testosterone and diabetes. This relationship is furthered by the fact that men with low testosterone have more challenges resisting insulin. Though TRT in Eufaula, OK won't cure your diabetes, research shows that men with healthy testosterone levels also have healthier blood sugar levels and are usually not as obese.
Have you been told by your primary care doctor that you have high blood pressure? Do you have an idea what may be causing your high blood pressure? Is it aging? Is it hereditary? Is it something else?
According to research, men with low testosterone have higher chances of suffering from cardiovascular illnesses. Because, when your testosterone levels are low, red blood cell reproduction slows. That, in turn, causes plaque buildup in your arteries. With time, plaque buildup can cause life-threatening issues like heart attacks or strokes.
If you look in the mirror in the morning and are disgusted with how fat you've gotten, you're not alone. Many aging men have problems with obesity. If you eat well and exercise like you should but still can't shed embarrassing body fat, low T could be the cause.
Research shows a link between obesity and low T, with testosterone playing an essential role in food metabolism. It's also involved with insulin, glucose, and fat regulation. Thankfully, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, men who use TRT often lose weight and benefit from better blood glucose and low-density cholesterol levels.
When a man has anemia, his body lacks much-needed blood cells, meaning organs have less oxygen to properly function. Normal testosterone levels have been linked to healthy red blood cell counts, so it makes sense that men with low T are at risk of anemia. In fact, a study conducted in 2009 found that aging men with low testosterone were five times more likely to have anemia versus men with healthy testosterone. TRT isn't a cure for anemia, but with healthier levels of testosterone, your body will produce more red blood cells, which can prevent anemia.
Up to this point, we've explained some of the revolutionary benefits of TRT but haven't dug into how it works. TRT does exactly what its name implies: it's a therapy backed by science that replaces low T levels in men.
Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT is a form of hormone replacement therapy for men that helps them deal with and triumph over the debilitating side effects associated with low testosterone. Originally created by scientists in the 1930s, TRT has grown from a little-known treatment to a life-changing solution for millions of men worldwide.
Without boring you with facts and scientific speak, TRT gives your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy T levels, your body isn't able to maintain the natural processes it needs for your well-being. As a matter of fact, men with low T are more likely to develop serious health problems like heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Until their testosterone levels are restored, most men suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone without hormone replacement therapy like TRT.
With TRT from Rank One Medical, your hormones are rebalanced so your body can finally begin to heal, relieving and even eliminating many of the most common signs of low testosterone.
Unlike some TRT clinics, Rank One Medical takes a comprehensive, careful approach to testosterone replacement therapy. To ensure our patients get the best results in the most efficient time frames, we have developed a 10-step physician-prescribed plan for TRT in Eufaula, OK.
You Complete Our Initial On-Boarding Form
You Complete Paperwork Regarding Your Medical History & Physical
You Receive a Lab Requisite Form to Print
You Find the Nearest Quest Lab Center for Your Initial Lab Work
Quest Lab Sends Rank One Medical Your Lab Results for Review
A Physician from Rank One Medical Will Develop and Prescribe a TRT Regimen Tailored to Your Body
Our Physicians Order TRT from a 501 Compounding Pharmacy
The Pharmacy Preps and Ships Your TRT Order to Your Doorstep Within 10 Business Days
Quest Labs Re-Draws Your Labs After 9 Weeks to Review Your Progress
Quest Labs Re-Draws Your Labs Every 4-6 Months for Ongoing Treatment
In addition to our easy 10-step process for TRT, every Rank One Medical patient benefits from our affordable prices and personalized service. After all, every man has a different body, and as such, will need different TRT. Our valued patients also benefit from the following:
Did you know that 13 million men have low T and that 90% of them go untreated by doctors? Living with the harmful side effects of low testosterone is no way to live. If you believe your testosterone levels are unhealthy, it's time to contact Rank One Medical. Living with low testosterone is definitely risky. But with help from our male HRT clinic, you can reclaim your youth and health with TRT in Eufaula, OK.
Unlike other TRT clinics, our highly-trained team uses a functional approach to male health, which lets us solve the causes of your symptom instead of putting a proverbial band-aid on them. Ready to get started? We're ready to help you every step of the way. Contact Rank One Medical and make a difference in your life today.
EUFAULA, Okla. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District held a ribbon cutting ceremony March 31, 2023, to mark the completion of the replacement of the Eufaula Dam Spillway bridge and the theme of the celebration was partnership.Tulsa District worked with the Federal Highway Administration, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the University of Oklahoma on the three-year project that incorporated innovative construction solutions.“This bridge project is a reflection of what we’re all about in...
EUFAULA, Okla. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District held a ribbon cutting ceremony March 31, 2023, to mark the completion of the replacement of the Eufaula Dam Spillway bridge and the theme of the celebration was partnership.
Tulsa District worked with the Federal Highway Administration, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the University of Oklahoma on the three-year project that incorporated innovative construction solutions.
“This bridge project is a reflection of what we’re all about in Tulsa District. We’re about trusted people, with strong partnerships delivering quality projects. Those strong partnerships made this project happen,” said Tulsa District Commander Col. Tim Hudson during remarks at the event. “Many thanks to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for partnering with us to resource and energize this project. Thanks also to our great construction contractor Mobley Construction for finishing a challenging project with unique engineering and concrete requirements and they did it on time so this community can enjoy this bridge.”
Mobley coordinated with Royce Floyd, an engineering professor from the University of Oklahoma on the use of Ultra High-Performance Concrete to essentially weld concrete panels together. With the completion of construction, the bridge over Eufaula Dam now has the highest concentration of UHPC in Oklahoma. USACE project engineer Levi Rundell said the UHPC concrete is poured between prefabricated bridge panels, and it glues them together. The concrete can withstand more than 20,000 pounds per square inch of pressure compared to the 4,000 to 7,000 pounds psi of typical construction concrete.
Guest speaker Jaime Pinkham, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, spoke about the importance of construction innovation and partnerships on future projects.
“Innovation and partnerships will matter moving forward. There is always more we can do and let’s do it through partnerships because one thing I’ve learned during my time with the Corps of Engineers is that partnerships matter,” said Pinkham. “We can’t do it without you because this is about us binding together as neighbors, as partners, to protect the people we love, to protect our neighbors, and to protect the places we call home.”
Pinkham noted that one of the five focus areas laid out by Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Mike Conner is to deal with infrastructure issues through partnerships because they allow for collaboration, shared expertise and vision that is aligned with the USACE mission.
“Believe me, if it wasn’t for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, we wouldn’t be here celebrating this today,” said Pinkham. “It’s really a testament to the depth of the partnership and the willingness to go above and beyond.”
The ASA (CW) is responsible for overseeing programs and policies for conservation and development of the nation’s wetlands and water resources, flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration. Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz also spoke at the ceremony telling the assembled guests that the success of these partnerships and projects do not happen by accident but are the result of the investment levels of all parties that help to sustain the relationships for the long term over many years. That partnership is responsible for the Eufaula Dam Spillway Bridge replacement.
“This happened because we have developed relationships with our partners in the Corps of Engineers over many, many years. Those relationships are what sustains success and that is something that doesn’t happen by accident,” said Gatz. We’re extremely proud of the results we see from our partnership with the Corps and the results are what you just drove across maybe on your way here this morning.”
The U.S. Congress authorized Eufaula Dam in 1946 by with the Rivers and Harbors Act. Tulsa District designed and built the project under USACE supervision. The project is enjoyed for recreation by thousands of people annually, it reduces flood risk, generates clean hydropower, provides drinking water, water released from the dam serves the McClellan Kerr Navigation System to the east, and energizes the local economy. (Brannen Parrish contributed to this article)
April is an outdoorsman's paradise in Oklahoma.Turkey hunting begins, the morel mushrooms are popping up from the ground, and the fish are biting.In April, crappie move into the shallow water along the shoreline to spawn. Fishing shallow cover with jigs and minnows during the spawn is one of the easiest ways and mos...
April is an outdoorsman's paradise in Oklahoma.
Turkey hunting begins, the morel mushrooms are popping up from the ground, and the fish are biting.
In April, crappie move into the shallow water along the shoreline to spawn. Fishing shallow cover with jigs and minnows during the spawn is one of the easiest ways and most fun ways to catch crappie.
"Pretty much they will bite just about anything as they are guarding their nest," said Michael Hollie, a fisheries biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Crappie will spawn around hardcover like brush, docks, long-stemmed reeds and cattails and really like gravel areas.
"They will move in and move out (of the shallow water)," said Hollie, who is the biologist on Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma's best crappie lake.
"It doesn't all happen at one time. Right now, they ought to be starting. There might be some on the banks already."
Crappie are ubiquitous across Oklahoma. There are very few lakes in the states that don't contain crappie, arguably Oklahoma's best freshwater table fare.
Catfish and walleye might give crappie a run for its money, but it's hard to beat a meal of fried crappie and cornbread. Throw in some morel mushrooms and not only will a country boy survive, he will be well-fed to boot.
Oklahoma is blessed with many good crappie lakes like Kaw, Texoma, Hugo, Wister, Thunderbird (although the crappie are smaller), Canton, Fort Gibson and Fort Supply, just to name a few. In the Oklahoma City area, Hefner and Arcadia are also crappie spots.
Lake Eufaula, though, is king of the crappie lakes in Oklahoma.
The lake draws many crappie anglers from neighboring states like Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, Hollie said. But a lot of anglers also come from Illinois and Iowa, too, he said.
Lake Eufaula is Oklahoma's largest lake. It covers 105,500 surface acres with 800 miles of shoreline.
The sheer size of the lake, plus the rich nutrients in it, is why crappie thrive there, Hollie said. There is no limit in the food supply for crappie in Lake Eufaula, he said. It also has lots of shoreline with the kind of habitat crappie prefer.
The bass and catfishing can be good as well on Lake Eufaula, but it gets overshadowed by the crappie fishing.
Lake Eufaula gets 2.5 million visitors each year, and most of those are visiting the lake to fish for crappie, said Penny Hembree, executive director of the Lake Eufaula Association.
"I would say at least three-fourths of them," she said.
Hembree said when she represents the Lake Eufaula Association at an outdoors show, crappie fishing is always a topic of discussion among the showgoers.
"That is the first thing they want to talk about," she said.
In November, Lake Eufaula will be the site of a Crappie Masters tournament on Veterans Day weekend.
Crappie fishing is a huge benefit to the local economy, Hembree said.
On Lake Eufaula, the crappie spawn begins on the southern half where the water warms sooner. This is the busiest time of year at Lake Side One Stop store in Crowder.
The store has a café, sells minnows and crappie jigs, and is often the place local fishing guides meet their customers.
Store owner Dale Motley said Thursday that business had really picked up in the last few days as the crappie are getting ready to spawn.
"They are moving up," Motley said. "(Anglers) are catching a bunch of them, mostly at night. The guides are limiting out every day."
Oklahoma has a liberal daily limit of 37 crappie. Motley, who has owned the Lake Side One Stop for 22 years, expects the crappie fishing to be good on Lake Eufaula for the next month.
He would, however, like to see the Wildlife Department put a length limit on crappie at Lake Eufaula to protect the big females during the spawn.
"Nowadays, they got these new Live Scopes and basically they pick out all of the big fish," Motley said. "They can see them down there. It's like a video game. They pick all the big fish out."
Motley gives a prize of Beaver Bottom baits each month to the angler who catches the biggest crappie and brings it to his store. The frontrunner this month is a 2.33-pounder.
The angler who catches the biggest crappie during the year receives a Todd Huckabee crappie rod.
Huckabee is one of the busiest crappie fishing guides on Lake Eufaula. He catches crappie all year on the lake, but says the easiest time is in June, July and August when the weather is consistent in the summer and the crappie are schooled up.
Huckabee said Friday that some of the crappie on Lake Eufaula have moved into the spawning areas on the banks, but most are still roaming in deeper water. The best fishing is ahead.
Motley, 56, grew up in Crowder and has been catching slabs on Lake Eufaula since he was a boy. He does admit to getting tired of fishing for crappie at times, but he has never gotten tired of eating those sweet and tasty filets.
"I ate crappie last night," he said.
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Finding lakes in the Midwest is not difficult. There are plenty to go around. And most people have a lake within close driving distance, which makes them ideal for a day excursion or a weekend getaway. Though, sometimes, you need a little extra room to enjoy your outdoor adventures without getting bombarded by people.Thankfully, Oklahoma has just the right solution for your problem. This ...
Finding lakes in the Midwest is not difficult. There are plenty to go around. And most people have a lake within close driving distance, which makes them ideal for a day excursion or a weekend getaway. Though, sometimes, you need a little extra room to enjoy your outdoor adventures without getting bombarded by people.
Thankfully, Oklahoma has just the right solution for your problem. This laid-back state has more lakes than you might think! And each lake has plenty of opportunities to kick back and enjoy your time away. Before you hit the road, learn about the largest artificial lake in Oklahoma.
The largest artificial lake in Oklahoma is Eufaula Lake. This stunning lake is in the state’s southeastern part and has over 105,000 surface acres (159.4 sq miles). But that’s not all. The expansive lake also has roughly 800 miles of shoreline!
You can reach Eufaula Lake in an easy drive from Oklahoma City, which is only two hours away. It sits on the Canadian river and spans four counties.
Eufaula Laek’s construction got approved in 1946, and after the completion of the corresponding dam, Eufaula Lake rapidly earned its name as a destination lake. Now, roughly 2.5 million people visit the beautiful lake every year.
Yes, Eufaula Lake is the largest lake in Oklahoma.
The second-largest lake in Oklahoma is Lake Texoma, which formed after the dam’s completion in 1944.
There are many lakes in Oklahoma of varying sizes. However, most got constructed by people. The only natural lakes are a series of small playa and oxbow lakes.
Enjoy nature, a relaxing day on the water, or a scenic hike when you visit Eufaula Lake. It is a world-renowned location for fishing competitions and attracts fishermen from all over. Eufaula Lake is in the top 10 lakes for crappie and the top 25 lakes for bass. Guided fishing is also available if you are new to the area (or to fishing).
And hunters shouldn’t feel left out. Around the lake, there are 31,800 acres of land open to hunters. If you enjoy hunting fowl, Eufaula Lake is your dream spot. You will find geese, quail, and ducks. Additionally, there is a sizable deer population to pursue during hunting season.
On top of that, the lake is ideal for many water sports. It has five marinas to launch your boats. Visitors can go waterskiing, jet skiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
If you want to stay for a while, Eufaula Lake offers plenty of options. There are RV spots, rental cabins and homes, and vacation homes right on the lake. Any tent campers will love the established campsites. And there is even a Jellystone Park Camp perfect for kids!
Finish your time off on the trail. Eufaula Lake has lots of wonderful hiking trails. They are the perfect way to catch a glimpse of local wildlife.
Fishing is the name of the game at Eufaula Lake. Anglers will discover white bass, blue catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, sunfish, and flathead catfish.
But there is a diverse wildlife population above the water as well. Near the lake, the Eufaula WMA spans 48,614 acres. It has incredible bio-diversity. Plenty of waterfowl, turkeys, rabbits, raccoons, doves, squirrels, white-tailed deer, coyotes, otters, and bobcats roam the area.
If you are really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a bald eagle. The majestic bird nests at Eufaula Lake in the winter. However, that is not the only flying friend bird watchers will love. Nearly 20 bird species live around the lake: you may also see geese, ducks, waterbirds, and shorebirds, in addition to all the wildlife that calls Eufaula Lake home.
Lake Eufaula, also known as Eufaula Lake, is a man-made lake situated in Oklahoma. It is formed by damming the Canadian River and is positioned approximately 27 miles upstream from the point where the Canadian River joins the Arkansas River. The lake is in close proximity to the town of Eufaula.
Here is Eufaula Lake on a map:
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What is the largest natural lake in Oklahoma?
The natural lakes in Oklahoma are quite a bit smaller than their man made counterparts. The largest is 272 acres, and is in McCurtain County near the Red River.
What is the deepest lake in Oklahoma?
The deepest lake in Oklahoma is Broken Bow Lake. It is 185 feet deep.
Are there alligators in Eufaula Lake?
The small population of alligators that live in Oklahoma is far from Eufaula Lake. So you can enjoy your water sports worry free!
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Swimmers in Lake Eufaula in east Oklahoma have reported the appearance of strange red rashes all over their bodies, which the the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has said is likely a condition called "swimmer's itch."Swimmer's itch is also known as cercarial...
Swimmers in Lake Eufaula in east Oklahoma have reported the appearance of strange red rashes all over their bodies, which the the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has said is likely a condition called "swimmer's itch."
These parasites, called schistosomes, infect some birds and mammals as larvae, inside which they mature into adults, releasing their eggs into bodies of water via the animal's feces. The eggs then hatch into one larval stage, infect water snails, mature into a second larval stage, then are released again, completing their life cycle as they once again search for birds to infect.
The ideal host for the parasite is their usual fare of smaller waterfowl and mammals, such as ducks, geese, muskrats and raccoons, but, if the parasite larva comes into contact with a swimmer, it burrows into their skin. The parasite can't survive in humans, thankfully, so it dies immediately, but it does trigger the body's immune response in the skin it attempted to enter. This manifests as a rash, which is itchy, hence swimmer's itch.
This is a common occurrence around the world in freshwater bodies home to schistosomes, and is more frequently seen in the summertime.
Newsweek has contacted the ODEQ for comment.
According to the CDC, if you come into contact with some schistosome larvae, your skin may begin to itch or burn anywhere between a few minutes to a day after leaving the water, with "small reddish pimples" appearing within twelve hours that may get infected if scratched too vigorously. They can be treated with itching relief creams like corticosteroids, or with the use of cool compresses, but the rash will gradually go away, similarly to an insect bite reaction.
Swimmer's itch has also been recorded on social media by swimmers in other bodies of water, with one TikTok posted in May showing a woman who had got the condition after swimming in Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas. Another showed the rash she had got from swimming in Barton Springs, also in Austin.
Affected bodies of water won't always be at risk, however, as larvae can only survive for around 24 hours after being released into the water from the snail, and infected waterfowl may leave the area.
According to News 9, ODEQ advises swimmers to shower with fresh water and towel dry themselves after getting out of the water. Other ways to avoid contracting swimmer's itch, according to the CDC, is to not swim near or wade in marshy areas where snails or waterfowl are commonly found, and to keep an eye out for signs saying swimmer's itch may be a problem in the area.
Eufaula coach Larry Newton doesn’t let his team forget about the legends that have stepped onto its football field.He tells them about the Selmon brothers, who each had their jerseys retired by Eufaula in 2012. Lee Roy, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, is considered one of OU’s best players ever. Lucious and Dewey each put to...
Eufaula coach Larry Newton doesn’t let his team forget about the legends that have stepped onto its football field.
He tells them about the Selmon brothers, who each had their jerseys retired by Eufaula in 2012. Lee Roy, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, is considered one of OU’s best players ever. Lucious and Dewey each put together great careers at Oklahoma.
He tells them about J.C. Watts, who led OU to consecutive Orange Bowl victories, became a pro football player, and then the first Oklahoman of African descent to be elected to a statewide office.
He tells them about Joe Golding, who once scored 11 touchdowns in a game for Eufaula before becoming a 1946 All-American at OU and an NFL player.
“I tell them all the time,” Newton said. "Those are our legends. Those are the ones we talk about. But if you become the first team to win the state championship, you all become legends. That’s what we’re working towards. Not just one guy being a legend but the team being a legend."
Newton’s message has only inspired his players this season. Last Friday, Eufaula beat Oklahoma Christian School 31-14 to become the first team in program history to advance to the state semifinals since 2005.
Now, his group is just two wins away from the Class 2A state championship. Even with all of the legends that went through Eufaula, only the 2013 girls golf team has won a state championship for the school.
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“It means a whole lot,” Eufaula quarterback Luke Adcock said about helping lead the football team to the semifinals. “It's what we’ve been talking about, somebody’s going to do it again and our goal obviously is the state championship.”
Battling through injuries, Eufaula lost its first game of the season to Vian. Since then, Eufaula has won 12 consecutive games. In that stretch, the Ironheads averaged 42.9 points per game.
Ironheads offensive coordinator Josh Luna was born in Eufaula. He played linebacker and fullback on a team that made it to the state semifinals. Luna has coached at Eufaula since 2007. He’s noticed the similarities between the team he played on and the team he’s helping coach.
“Their physicality,” Luna said. "How they play as a team and as a brotherhood. That’s how we played when I was in school. We always had the dream of playing for a state championship. Grew up in a small town and we just played backyard football with each other growing up and that’s all we talked about. We got to live it out and just fell short in the semis and these kids here, they’re in the same boat.
“They’ve always had dreams of playing. We’ve had a couple of players after last year say, ‘We will be playing for a state championship next year, you just watch and see.’ They’re very talented, they’re competitive and physical.”
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The Ironheads have many players who have helped lead Eufaula reach this point, including a dominant offensive line. But it’s Khelil Deere, Matt Clover and Adcock who have shined the most.
Deere, a senior wide receiver and defensive back has caught 41 passes for 885 years and 13 touchdowns to go along with four rushing scores and one kick return touchdown. In the state quarterfinals, Deere caught three touchdown passes on offense and intercepted four passes on defense to lead the Ironheads to the win.
“To me,” Newton said, “he’s the best receiver in the state. I don’t care if it's 6A, I’ve seen people and I’ve had to coach against a lot of them. But this kid is a special one. He doesn’t care that we’ve run the football all playoffs because we didn’t have to throw the ball and now he’s surprising people."
Clover, a senior, is a running back who has 1,688 yards and 25 touchdowns on 187 carries.
Adcock, who transferred from Stigler last season, has given defenses trouble with his running and passing. He’s completed 83 passes on 137 throws for 1,529 yards, 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He’s also carried the ball 113 times for 697 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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“He came over last year as a sophomore,” Newton said. “We hired his mom and his dad from Eufaula as teachers and that was probably one of the best hires Eufaula has made. Luke is an extremely bright kid and if you watch him, he could go play at the next level.”
Eufaula will take on undefeated Marlow (13-0) on Friday. The Outlaws are led by Jace Gilbert, an Oklahoman's preseason all-state first-teamer.
Newton hasn’t changed anything about this week of practice leading into the game. What he’s done since his hiring in 2012 has worked. It's gotten Eufaula back to prominence. As a Eufaula native himself, it would mean everything if he could lead this team to legendary status.
“When I first got here," Newton said, "we were everybody’s homecoming. But we’ve started progressing and the team started getting better and it didn't take long to where nobody wants to play us on homecoming anymore.
"It's been a challenge but I'm very been blessed with a bunch of kids right now that love to work hard."