Photo by David Fisher
When Union lines up on defense, opponents have reason to fear.
The Redskins have lots of weapons that can shut down any offense.
One of them is linebacker Kyrei Fisher (6-3, 230, senior), whose speed can be a disruptive force in the backfield. Fisher has 14 tackles as of this writing in the young 2016 campaign.
Fisher came to Union from Owasso as a junior last year. He said that playing for Union has been a blessing.
Being physical and the dominance that goes around the game is what he likes most about the gridiron.
“Playing fast and physical and punishing anyone who sets in front of me,” he says. “That’s my favorite part of football.”
After graduation, Fisher has plans to keep playing the game in college for the University of Minnesota.
“They (Minnesota) treated me like a family man and it felt like home away from home,” Fisher says of his visit to the Big 10 school. “That’s a big reason why I picked them. The linebackers, I can play inside or outside, wherever they put me.”
Fisher made his decision to go up north back in May.
Verbal Commitments are non-binding until national signing day on Feb. 1. Fisher also has offers from Army, Colorado, Kansas, Houston, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Southern Methodist University and Wyoming.
Fisher, who made 71 tackles and four sacks last year, has made his share of stops in Union’s first three games of 2016.
That included a 42-7 win against rival Broken Arrow on Sept. 2.
“We really came here looking at it as just another game,” Fisher says. “Monday (of that week), we had a good practice. Our whole deal is just to shut anybody who sets foot in front of us out, and that’s what we’re going to do every game. We had our foot on the gas, and we dominated.”
The Redskins rolled up 548 yards of offense that night while keeping the Tigers to 172 yards. Union was up 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and 35-0 at halftime.
Among the offensive stars from that game were quarterback Grady Davenport and running back Shamari Brooks. Davenport combined for 232 yards, throwing for 193 on 11-of-19 pass attempts and four touchdowns.
Fisher was content with his performance after the game, but “there’s a couple of things I could work on,” he says. “I’m going to go back to the film room and watch some film and get better. There is always room for improvement.”
In their opener on Aug. 26, the Redskins only gave up 10 points in a 21-10 win against Southlake (Texas) Carroll, which came on the road south of the Red River.
“That was big time,” Fisher says. “It was the first time Union ever beat a Texas team. We finally got over that hump, so that was big time. For sure, that is a carry-over for the whole year.”
With the rout of Broken Arrow, Union looked like it had grown fast.
“The coaches say you make the most adjustments from week one to week two and I feel like that’s what we did,” Fisher says. “We came out here and listened to our coaches (post-game talk) and this is a step in the right direction.”
While things were set up well for the annual Backyard Bowl game against Jenks on Sept. 9 at the University of Tulsa campus, the Redskins could not finish that game on top as it lost to the rival Trojans, 35-28.
The Union defense did get some sacks in and excelled with its rushing attacks behind the feet of Brooks. It even outdistanced the Trojans, 456-445.
Penalties, which included a pass interference call, as well as the game’s only turnover, an interception, both which set up the Trojans’ winning TD, made a difference.
The Redskins hoped to have their mistakes corrected after an off-week the following week. They closed September, opening District 6AI-2 play at home against Edmond North, followed by road clash at Owasso.
Union concludes the remainder of the season at home against Moore (Oct. 7), on the road against Norman North (Oct. 14) and Southmoore (Oct. 20) and at home against Putnam City North (Oct. 28) and Mustang (Nov. 4).