Keota Lions Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by First National Bank of Stigler and Dunn Country Auto

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KEOTA LIONS

Coach: Eric Henry

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 9-3

2014 – 10-2

2015 – 12-1

2016 – 8-4

2017 – 9-4

OFFENSE

Winning is a way of life at Keota which has made it to the playoffs for at least the last six years including a spot in the state finals in 2015. That also includes last year which was expected to be a rebuilding season for the Lions. The 2018 season again looks to be one in which a very young offense will need to continue to mature quickly to propel the Lions into the playoffs again. Cash Long (5-9, 150, Jr.) will be the quarterback for Keota this season. He’ll have some talented running backs behind him out of the I-formation in fullback Chaz Williams (5-10, 175, Sr.) and a pair of tailbacks, Cody McCormick  (5-8, 150, Sr.) and Keelyn Parker (5-11, 195, Jr.). Center Christian Ross (6-0, 225, Jr.) will anchor the O-line and Cordell Ramsey (5-11, 165, Jr.) will be at tight end.

“We want to be a ball control team this year that pounds the ball on the ground and eats up the clock,” said Henry.

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DEFENSE

There’s a little more experience and depth on the defensive side with six returning starters which is a positive sign for a small school where starters usually end up having to go both ways. Rylan Mooneyham (6-1, 175, Sr.) and Tracen Williams (6-2, 225, Jr.) will book-end the defensive line. Chaz Williams and Kaleb Heffner (5-11, 150, Jr.) will patrol the middle at linebackers and Ramsey and Brandon Geer (6-0, 185, Sr.) will be the backline defenders in the 3-3 defense.

“We should be very fast to the ball with a lot of key positions returning,” said the veteran coach Henry.” 

The 15-year head coach’s summation of the upcoming season is similar to what he said last year when the Lions were supposedly rebuilding.

“We have some really good players coming back and some coming up. If we limit our mistakes and play with some emotion and pride, hopefully we can make another run in the playoffs.” 

SCHEDULE

8-24- at Weleetka

8-31- OPEN

9-7- vs. Oaks

9-14- at Canadian

9-21- at Depew

9-28- vs. Wetumka

10-5- vs. Gans

10-12- at Porum

10-18- at Arkoma

10-26- vs. Dewar

11-2- vs. Cave Springs