Mannford Pirates Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by American Heritage Bank

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MANNFORD PIRATES

Coach: RICHARD TUBERVILLE

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 5-6

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 3-7

2014 – 1-9

2013 – 6-4

OFFENSE

The excitement level in Mannford for football season is palpable after their first playoff appearance in a decade. Head coach Richard Tuberville believes his junior laden team is ready for the challenge.

“The 2018 campaign will be a challenging one for us. We are a junior laden team, which is good. But we will have last year’s 4A state champ and 3A state champ and a fully loaded Kingfisher in our district. We will have to play smart, unselfish football to compete with this level of competition,” said Tuberville.

Quarterback Nathan Winters (6-3, 175, Jr.) will lead the offense that looks to run the spread. Winters will have two running backs in Aiden Jones (5-10, 160, Jr.) and Aaron Wolcott (6-0, 180, Sr.) that can tote the rock and stay fresh. Donald Houston (5-8, 150, Jr.) will start at slot receiver, while Braden Green (5-8, 150, Sr.) will play wide out. Both are viable targets in the passing game for Winters, as is tight end Dallas Esmond (6-3, 170, Sr.). Nine starters return to the field for Mannford on offense.

“We will have a better mix of run and pass. More receiver involved run game,” said Tuberville.

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DEFENSE

It all starts on the line for the Pirate defense. A pair of ends kick things off with Hunter Meadows (6-1, 170, Sr.) and Trenton Hewitt (6-1, 185, Sr.) coming off the edge. In the middle of the D-line is Colby Jerome (5-10, 170, Jr.) and Michael Dunn (5-11, 200, Jr.). Both guys are tough up the middle and excellent stopping the run. Linebackers Jayden Weldon (5-10, 160, Jr.) and Dalton Benight (5-10, 150, Sr.) will run the 4-2-5 defense the Pirates will employ this season.

“We will stress tackling. Our goal is to be the best tackling team in the state,” said Tuberville. “Our defense will rely heavily on the contain abilities of senior defensive ends Hunter Meadows and Trenton Hewitt as well as the linebacker play of Jayden Weldon and an air defense that is led by CJ. Porter.”

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Berryhill

9-7 – at Cleveland

9-14 – vs. Bristow

9-21 – at Perkins-Tryon

9-28 – at Kingfisher

10-5 – vs. Mount St. Mary

10-12 – vs. Blackwell

10-18 – at John Marshall

10-26 – vs. Bridge Creek

11-2 – at Heritage Hall