McALESTER — As a transfer from Henryetta, Grant Sontag had to sit out his 2011 sophomore football season at McAlester. But he made the varsity baseball team that spring, and with several assistant coaches working with both teams, football head coach Bryan Pratt knew what Sontag would bring long before the 2012 season started.
Sontag lived up to those expectations, securing the starting left tackle position before the 2012 season-opener against Stillwater and becoming, in Pratt’s words, “one of our best O-linemen.”
“He’s very consistent,” Pratt said Friday. “I don’t think that he goes one way or the other. He’s just who he is and he gets the job done, and you can always count on him to get after it.”
Born in Stillwater, Sontag moved to Henryetta when he was one month old. He said he started playing football in the third grade, and started getting playing time a year later.
“I was really big back when I was little, and I was kicker, ironically enough,” Sontag said Thursday. “I remember on a kickoff, I ran the ball down and tackled the kid, and he fumbled it. I picked it up and ran to about the 20.”
Sontag moved to McAlester when his mother, Tracey Sontag, became Director of Indian Education for McAlester Public Schools. Sontag said his ancestry includes members of both the Creek and Cherokee Indian tribes, which makes him feel unique in an area of Oklahoma more commonly Choctaw.
Because of his size, Sontag said he became an offensive lineman pretty early on his football career. Since moving from 3A Henryetta to 5A McAlester, Sontag’s had to learn more complicated blocking schemes.
“The talent pool is a lot deeper,” Sontag said of 5A football. “The offense we run, specifically, is a lot faster, and I find it better.