“He was behind some pretty good players and some returning players, and he just kept on, kept on, kept on,” Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said. “And now he’s come out and had a great senior year. Really, really, played well, and what a great kid. If I need something done, call him, he gets it taken care of.”
Powers still wears a knee brace when he plays, and he said the knee still hurts after a particularly tough workout or in bad weather. But that hasn’t stopped him from starting every game and playing a key part in McAlester’s explosive running offense.
“Don’t let anybody touch Dalton or Caden,” Powers said, referring to Buffs quarterbacks Dalton Wood and Caden Pratt. “Pretty much, they’re somebody that I can’t let anybody else touch. And then blocking for Jarome (Smith), if we’re running a counter, he always ends up running behind me. So I’m always having to get my blocks right where he can make a cut to go downfield and do what he does best.”
As a sign of both the offensive line’s success and its importance, Powers said his unit earned the team’s offensive player of the week award after the Buffs’ Week 8 game at Bishop Kelley.
McAlester’s last home game of the regular season took place Friday against Skiatook. However far the Buffs go in the playoffs, Powers will get at most two more games at Hook Eales Stadium.
“It’s going by extremely fast,” Powers said. Once the season ends, he said he’ll most miss being around this “family” of teammates.
Powers said staying in football shape — especially the kind of shape necessary to play on the line — demands year-round work. So once this season ends, he said he likely won’t play another sport and instead enjoy having some free time in his last semester at McAlester High School.