Antlers Bearcats Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Pine Cellular

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Antlers BEARCATS 

Coach: KENNY SPEER

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 8-4

2016 – 9-4

2015 – 7-4

2014 – 6-5

2013 – 4-6

OFFENSE

The Bearcats continued their streak of playoff appearances under coach Kenny Speer, now starting his sixth season at the helm, in 2017 as they reached the second round in Class 2A. Antlers returns a good nucleus of skill players which bodes well for the Bearcats. Leading that group is Speer’s son, Kaden (5-9, 185, Sr.), a VYPE Top 100 selectee back for his third year as the signal caller. He has over 2500 yards passing in his first two years of calling cadence. The Bearcats will have to fill the void left by running back Tyler Gee and that task will fall to Zion Wood (6-0, 190, Sr.) who rushed for nearly 500 yards last year and Tyler’s younger brother, Cason Gee (6-2, 175, Jr.), who contributed just under 300 yards and a year of experience for Antlers last season. There will also be invaluable experience returning in the receiving corps with Reico Colbert (5-10, 170, Sr.) and Kaleb Sheaffer (6-0, 180, Jr.) who caught five touchdown balls last year. Perhaps the biggest challenge for Speer will be finding some linemen to join Nathan Chavez (6-1, 265, Sr.) in the trenches.

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DEFENSE

The physical Bearcat defense will be centered around linebacker Trent Young (5-10, 245, Sr.) who had 106 tackles in 2017. Talented sophomore Isaac Sorrells (6-0, 180) will run alongside Young behind a young but solid defensive front geared up to punish opposing linemen. That group is headed by Gee at defensive end and sophomores Austin Wolfe (5-10, 250) and Trevor Thornhill (6-0, 245). The secondary will need some help as Wood will be the lone experienced hand back there.

If Speer can find some of the missing pieces to complete the puzzle for the Bearcats, Antlers should be right in the running with Valliant and the unknown of district newcomer Eufaula, whom they’ll face in their final two games, for the top spot in the district and good shot at yet another trip to the playoffs.

SCHEDULE

8-31 – at Savanna

9-7 – at Talihina

9-14 – vs. Coalgate

9-21 – at Wilburton

9-28 – vs. Hugo

10-5 – at Hartshorne

10-12 – vs. Heavener

10-18 – vs. Atoka

10-26 – at Eufaula

11-2 – vs. Valliant