Pigskin Preview 2018 Revealed: Class 3A – Presented by OU Army ROTC

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Berryhill Chiefs


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 11-1 

2016 – 12-1

2015 – 8-4

2014 – 10-2

2013 – 9-3


The Chiefs were one of Class 3A’s most potent offensives a year ago averaging 43.9 points per game and were only held to under 35 points three different times. 

This year expect more of the same as the Chiefs bring back six offensive starters including the man under center Cody Ross (6-1, 190, Jr.) who threw for 2,319 yards as a sophomore and rushed for 528 more while racking up 10 total touchdowns. The top target for Ross to throw to this year figures to be tight end Kody Stanley (6-2, 220, Sr.) who caught 26 passes last year for 426 yards and seven touchdowns. On the outside look for Tyler Davis (5-10, 160, Sr.) to also be a major threat in the passing attack.

Ross will also have a solid offensive line protecting him led by Blaine Moss (5-10, 200, Sr.) at guard and Nico Lopez (6-2, 250, Jr.) at center.

Tailback Daniel Rice (5-10, 200, Sr.) will also benefit from such a strong line as he looks to improve upon his 505 yards on 67 carries from last year.


Along with their versatile offense Berryhill will also be very fast and athletic on defense and could even improve upon its 13.8 average points allowed per game last season. 

Stanley will lead the defense this year from his defensive end spot while Lopez will join him on the line and come off the opposite edge. As a junior Stanley had 126 tackles and 14 sacks while Lopez contributed 129 tackles and 10 sacks of his own.

At linebacker look for Dylan Dodgin (6-1, 220, Sr.) to play on the inside while Chase Smith (5-10, 190, Jr.) and Rice both get the nod at the outside linebacker spots. In 2017 Rice had 128 tackles and seven sacks making him the unquestioned leader in the middle of the field. 

In the secondary, Braden Hendrix (5-11, 170, Jr.) is a name that fans will get to know very well as he starts at safety.


8-31 – at Mannford

9-7 – vs. Fort Gibson

9-14 – at Cushing

9-21 – vs. Inola

9-28 – at Locust Grove

10-5 – vs. Sequoyah Claremore

10-12 – vs. Cascia Hall

10-18 – at Vinita

11-2 – at Verdigris


Bethel Wildcats


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 1-9 

2016 – 1-9 

2015 – 2-8

2014 – 0-10 

2013 – 0-10


Although the 2017 season was not what the Wildcats were hoping for, in just his

second year, coach Joey Ginn feels there will be a new narrative about the Wildcats

this season. 

“I’m so excited for 2018. We played so many young guys in 2017, it will be exciting to see how they grow up this season,” said Ginn. 

Coach is certainly right to be excited for this upcoming season, with three offensive stat leaders returning in quarterback Gunner Smith (5-11, 180, Jr.), wide receiver Devin Acklin (5-11, 165, Jr.), and wide receiver Drae Wood (6-2, 160, So.). The Wildcats offense plans to be explosive this year with Smith leading it who threw for 1,639 yards last season, majority of which went to the wide out duo. Coach Ginn also made it a point that this team has true trust in their boys up front. The offensive line led by seniors Gabel Ledbetter (6-1, 190, Sr.) and Hayden Wilcox (6-1, 230, Sr.) along with senior running back Matthew Melter (5-11, 215, Sr.) give coach Ginn and the Wildcats confidence in a dominant run game this year.


With experience being the main focus for the 2018 Wildcats this season, the

Wildcats will need a lot of leadership from experienced players such as senior defensive end Josh Rooker (6-2, 215, Sr.) who totaled 50 tackles and five sacks. Josh is a high

energy player up front for the Wildcats. Coach Ginn also believes with the helpful

addition of Terrell Dodson (6-2, 215, Sr.) and a healthy Gabel Ledbetter, the defense

will be a force in Class 3A. Although Melter only played seven games due to injury, he showed off to a great start in 2017 with 81 tackles. This guy can go! Melter along with Shane Brown who was the second leading tackler of the Wildcats last year give the WIldcats front seven high energy. Acklin and Wood will also be leading the

secondary along with sophomore defensive back Dez Loving (5-10, 150, So.) who started at corner last year as a freshman.


8-31 – at Tecumseh

9-7 – at McLoud

9-14 – vs. Little Axe

9-21 – vs. Sulphur

9-28 – at Plainview

10-5 – vs. Pauls Valley

10-12 – vs. Purcell

10-18 – at Douglass

10-26 – at Marlow 

11-2 – vs. Lone Grove 




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 1-9 

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 2-8

2014 – 4-6 

2013 – 0-10 


The no-huddle, fast-tempo, spread offense of the Maroons will benefit from the return of 10 starters that are battle tested. “We’re still young and need to improve up front but we’re much improved at this point in time compared to last year,” explained head coach Rick Lang who took the reins in July last year. “Come fall, we hope to make every defense we face have to work.” Lang and staff missed out on team camps and spring practices last season but the opportunity to work with the team this offseason should help in improving upon a 2017 campaign that saw the Maroons claim just one win. Question marks still linger at quarterback where Worthy Shepherd (6-0, 175, So.) and Mikey Riley (6-0, 185, Jr.) will compete for the starting nod heading into preseason practices. Whoever wins the starting nod will benefit from a receiving corps that features four returnees in the spread offense. Kendall Burtner (6-2, 220, Jr.) at slot back, who averaged over 13 yards per reception and a team high 461 yards last season, brings excellent size and great hands. At slot receiver, Tanner Goodenough (6-2, 180, Sr.) totaled 575 all-purpose yards on 34 touches. Outside at wide receiver the Maroons will rely upon Tanner Botts (6-0, 170, So.), who coach Lang called the best route runner, and sure-handed Carson Turner (6-0, 160, Sr.) who averaged nearly 21 yards per reception. Anchoring the offensive line will be team captain and three-year starter Ben Bechtel (6-0, 235, Sr.) at offensive tackle. 


The Maroons’ 4-3 defense returns 10 starters including leading tackler Ryan Ingram (5-10, 190, Sr.) who led the district last season with 55 solo tackles and 125 total tackles, an average of 13 per game, to go with 12 sacks. Goodenough was just that last season as the starting strong safety with 67 tackles, 10 pass deflections and three interceptions. The defensive line will feature defensive tackle Blake Bergman (6-1, 255, Sr.) who is a force in the middle and bookended by first-time starter Christian Cox (6-1, 210, So.) and returning starter Hunter Robinson (5-11, 195, So.). Moving from defensive end to outside linebacker is Riley Weber (6-2, 230, So.) who totaled 72 tackles last year. 


8-24 – vs. Tonkawa

8-31 – at Perry

9-7 – at Newkirk

9-21 – at Kingfisher

9-28 – vs. Perkins-Tryon

10-5 – vs. John Marshall

10-12 – at Mannford

10-18 – vs. Mount Saint Mary

10-25 – vs. Heritage Hall

11-2 – at Bridge Creek




Last 5 Years:

2017 – 1-9 

2016 – 2-8

2015 – 1-9

2014 – 0-10

2013 – 1-8


Trying to get the program back on track after his second year of coaching for the Bobcats will be head coach Scott O’Hara. The team will be retuning six of last year’s offensive starters. A player to keep an eye on will be running back Dylan Price (5-8, 150, Sr.). Last season Price showed that he can get the job done for his team in multiple ways rushing the ball for 350 yards, receiving the ball for 250 yards and scoring four total touchdowns during his efforts. Also, helping run the ball for the Bobcats is running back Dawson Stiver (6-0, 195, Sr.), rushing for 40 yards, producing 150 yards receiving on his catches and totaling five touchdowns during last season. A rare player to have success in high school football is tight ends but Bridge Creek’s Trey Leep (5-10, 225, Sr.) is not one of those guys. Leep is a hardnosed blocker for the offensive line and has outstanding athleticism when he goes out for a pass. Catching passes for around 175 yards last season for a total of two touchdowns, Leep will just give the Bobcats one more offensive option to go to during their drives down the field.


Bridge Creek will be returning six defensive starters from last season and one of those players will be the team’s leader in tackles Price. Playing both sides of the ball, Price will be a player the team will lean on to make plays happen and he has shown that he has that capability tackling the ball carrier 40 times last season. Another player helping the secondary will be defensive back Davin Allen (6-0, 155, Sr.) The linebacker that will make big impacts for their team will be outside linebacker Wyatt Hill (6-1, 170, Sr.) and inside linebacker Dominick Baez (6-0, 170, Jr.). The assistant coaching staff for the Bobcats this season will be Robby Carriger, Lloyd Leep, Andrew Gray and Jeremy Matlick. 


8-31 – at Little Axe

9-7 – at Lindsay

9-14 – vs. Tecumseh

9-21 – vs. John Marshall

9-28 – at Mount St. Mary 

10-5 – vs. Kingfisher 

10-12 – at Heritage Hall

10-18 – vs. Perkins-Tryon

10-26 – at Mannford 

11-2 – vs. Blackwell


Cascia Hall Commandos


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 6-5 

2016 – 9-4

2015 – 7-5

2014 – 8-3

2013 – 9-2


The Cascia Hall Commandos return to Class 3A for 2018 and look to improve on their 6-5 record from the previous season. The tradition rich Cascia Hall football program has been to the state playoffs for 31 consecutive seasons, winning five state titles (1989, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009), and finishing as runners-up in 1990, 2001, 2005, and 2011. Head coach Joe Medina (258-77-2, 27 seasons overall) returns for his 20th season at Cascia Hall and has posted a 201- 39 record since returning to his alma mater in 1999. The Commandos will return seven players on defense, three on offense, and a place kicker.

The Commandos will again have an outstanding set of running backs for 2018. Junior tailback Jake Weller was the Commandos second leading rusher last year and provided plenty of excitement for the offense. Cameron Oliver is a game breaking fullback and Marche Ashford is a throwback I-formation fullback paving the way with his crushing blocks. Throwing the football may be a strength of the Commandos as coach Medina feels that he has the best collection of wide receivers in his 20-year tenure as head coach. Brad Hensley is a game-breaker every time he has the ball in his hands and junior Zach Uhren has some of the best hands in the state and had a breakout season. Seniors Broc Kelley and Zyran Ray are receivers with speed to burn to stretch opposing defenses. Don’t be surprised to hear a lot about sophomore wide receiver Bobby Byers as he has been impressive through spring ball and summer camps. Pulling the trigger for Cascia is still in question as the battle for QB will heat up between athletic junior Jaxon Henderson and sophomore Cooper Mullen, a pure pocket passer. Henderson was forced to start six games for the Commandos in 2017 because of injury and posted a 5-1 record in those starts.

On offense, the Commandos will have to replace an entire offensive line as well as both starting tight ends. Look for Coulon and Phillips to double up and also start on the offensive side of the ball at offensive tackles. Senior Logan Roach has emerged as the front runner at center with Conner Haag, Drew Wilke, and Jackson Pool competing for the starting guard spots. The tight end spot will be held down by junior Patrick Pixley who brings great height to the position standing at 6-6. Seniors Abraham Gaeta and Jackson Lamb will provide much needed depth at the position.

On special teams Cascia returns an excellent 3-year starter at kicker in junior Dominic Cabellero. He will also compete for the vacant punting job this season. Hensley and Weller will return most of the kicks for the Commandos and be a threat to score points on special teams.


Cascia Hall prides itself on its “Blue Swarm” defense which employs an aggressive 3-4 scheme. Leading the way on the defensive side of the ball will be senior defensive lineman Sam Coulon (6-2, 245). Coulon recorded 51 tackles with 23 of those being tackles for losses. He led the team with nine QB sacks and is being heavily recruited by the Service Academies and Ivy League schools. Joining Coulon in the defensive trenches is junior Grant Phillips (6-4, 260) who made an impact last season as a sophomore including returning an interception for a touchdown. Senior Conner Haag, junior Luke Wilson, and sophomores JJ Peters and Luke Baber will battle for the third defensive lineman spot next to Phillips and Coulon. The linebacking corps will be led by senior Marche Ashford (6-0, 200). Ashford was third in tackles last season tallying 81 tackles. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown in the playoff loss at Broken Bow. Competing for the starting job at the other inside linebacker position will be senior Logan Roach, sophomore Dylan Wilson, and freshman Flynn Sage. Sage has impressed the coaches with his size and athleticism throughout the spring and has a chance to be an impact player despite his inexperience. The outside linebackers are led by returning starter Cameron Oliver (5-10, 190). The explosive Oliver had an outstanding junior season posting 52 tackles and two quarterback sacks. Senior Joe Goddin and junior Jake Weller will compete for the other outside linebacker position.

The strength of the defense will be in the secondary where the Commandos return all four starters including one of the state’s best football players in senior Brad Hensley (6-1, 190). Hensley recorded eight interceptions last year and 42 tackles from his safety position. He is also being recruited by several colleges from all levels. Joining Hensley at safety will be senior Trevor Jones. Pierce Lambert and Ben Coonce also return as starting cornerbacks and provide much needed leadership for the defense. Look for seniors Zyran Ray, Bryce Luessenhop, Blair Luessenhop, and Grant Marshall to also be in the mix during the season.


8-24 – at Gravette, AR 

8-31 – vs. Holland Hall 

9-7 – OPEN 

9-14 – at Millwood 

9-21 – vs. Verdigris 

9-28 – at Jay 

10-5 – vs. Vinita 

10-12 – at Berryhill 

10-18 – vs. Locust Grove 

10-26 – at Sequoyah Claremore 

11-2 – vs. Inola 




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 5-6

2016 – 4-6

2015 – 7-4

2014 – 8-4 

2013 – 10-2


After missing out on the playoffs in 2016, the Wildcats returned to form last year earning a first round playoff spot. And with seven starters returning on offense, coach Chad Hendricks has high hopes that the trend will continue this season. There is good reason for that optimism as Cade Shropshire (5-10, 170, Sr.) returns as the Wildcat signal caller. The senior signal caller threw for nearly 1500 yards and 16 touchdowns to pace the Wildcat attack. Experienced returns at running back as well with Zion Nichols (5-8, 145, Sr.) looking to add to his numbers of 415 yards on the ground in 2017.

Tough and talented Collin Roberts (6-1, 215, Sr.) will terrorize the linebackers from his tight end spot where he grabbed 11 passes last season. But the biggest plus for the Wildcats will be in the offensive line where three veterans return to open the holes and protect the passer including Tyler Whitlock (6-1, 275, Jr.), Bobby Morton (6-1, 215, Jr.) and the big man, Todd Lackey (6-4, 320, Sr.). With redistricting, Checotah ends up with a lot of new teams to challenge them this year in their new home of District 3A-3 with the only district holdover of the previous two years being Okmulgee.


This is the area of most concern for Hendricks and staff as they go into the fall with but three veteran faces on the defensive side of the ball. Collin Roberts will be the main man from his linebacker spot where he had 114 tackles last season including 10 for loss. Zion Nichols, with 82 tackles to his credit last year, returns at cornerback and Bobby Morton will be the leader in the defensive line. Fans of the Big Blue can expect an aggressive, ball-hawking defense running out of multiple schemes. Though the Wildcats face some challenges in manning the defense, Hendricks is stoked for the upcoming campaign.

“If we can stay healthy and progress well, this could be a season to remember.”


8-31- at Keys

9-7- at Hilldale

9-14- vs. Eufaula

9-21- at Webster

9-28- vs. Okmulgee

10-5- vs. Stigler

10-12- at Idabel

10-18- vs. Seminole

10-26- vs. Roland

11-2- at Lincoln Christian




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 3-7

2016 – 5-5

2015 – 4-6

2014 – 4-6

2013 – 0-10


Scott Robb takes the reins at Webster this year and he’ll be looking for some players that will have to step up fast. Only three starters return on offense for the Warriors but one of them is quarterback DeLeon Johnson (5-11, 175, Sr.). Johnson is a dual-threat playmaker who has the potential to take it to the house any time. He had 783 yards passing and eight touchdowns to go along with 200 rushing yards that added another seven touchdowns. The Warriors will also have some experience returning in the offensive line with center Luis Caldera (5-11, 280, Sr.) and Quinton Sowell (5-11, 265, So.) at guard. Dylan High (6-2, 225, Sr.) and DeMarcus Graves (6-3, 245, Sr.) will also see playing time in the Warrior line while Dominic Wallace (5-10, 155, Jr.) will get the call at a wide receiver spot for the Warriors. Past that, Robb will scramble to fill holes and implement his spread offense.


Stamina will be a key for a successful Webster defense as it appears the linemen will have to be in the trenches on both sides of the ball. That means double duty for High, who accounted for 32 tackles at a defensive end spot in 2017, Graves, who racked up 45 tackles a year ago, Sowell, and Caldera. Wallace, who had 30 tackles and two interceptions last year, will be back at the free safety position in the Webster 3-4 attack.

“Our district has some traditional powers, but I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Robb. “Our staff and players will work hard this summer and fall to make our fans proud.”


9-24 – vs. Hale

9-31 – OPEN

9-7 – at Afton

9-13 – vs. NOAH

9-21 – vs. Checotah

9-28 – vs. Idabel

10-5 – at Lincoln Christian

10-12 – at Okmulgee

10-19 – vs. Roland

10-26 – at Seminole

11-1 – vs. Stigler 


Douglass Trojans

Coach: Shannon Watford 

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 6-5

2016 – 9-3

2015 – 8-4

2014 – 10-3 

2013 – 11-2 


Speed and quickness have been the hallmarks of Douglass football for years and 2018 will be no exception. Winning and going to the playoffs has also become a Trojan tradition for at least the last six years, but for new coach Shannon Watford there will be lots of new faces in the lineup and a new cast of district opponents to overcome for Douglass to continue that trend.

The change starts at quarterback where Bryan Ziegler (6-0, 170, Jr.) is expected to get the call. There should be good depth at the running back position out of the spread formation with speedsters Ortae McBryer (5-10, 170, Jr.), Demontrae Friday (5-9, 170, Sr.), and Nygil Webb (6-0, 180, Sr.). A can’t-miss target for Ziegler will be big Leontez Bethany (6-5, 195, Sr.) at tight end or wide receiver and the deep threat with Jordan Brown (6-0, 160, Sr.). Although the Trojans have a lot of leadership to rely on, experience at all positions and especially in the trenches is questionable.

“We should be able to utilize our speed and quickness to get the ball to our playmakers on the outside in our up-tempo offense,” said Watford. With a new coach and new staff, the players and coaches will have to meld together quickly to ensure success.


“We will use a 4-2-5 base defense this season which will again allow us to utilize our speed to attack opposing offenses with quickness up front while disguising our coverages in the back end,” said Watford on his defensive philosophy for the upcoming season. Bethany and Ray Norman (6-0, 175, Sr.) will make a hard charging duo at linebacker. Down front in the middle will be Jaquez Thompson (5-11,250, Jr.) at nose guard. And there will be speed to burn in the secondary with Friday, McBryer, and Jaquan Hill (5-7, 150, So.) featured.

The Trojans will shift districts this season from 3A-2 to a revised 3A-4 with Bethel being the only district hold over. New opponents for Douglass will include Plainview, Pauls Valley and Sulphur to name a few.


8-31 – vs. Star Spencer

9-8 – vs. Millwood

9-14 – at John Marshall

9-20 – vs. Marlow

9-28 – vs. Lone Grove

10-5 – at Purcell

10-12 – at Pauls Valley

10-19 – vs. Bethel

10-26 – at Sulphur

11-1 – vs. Plainview


Heritage Hall Chargers


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 14-0

2016 – 11-1

2015 – 15-0

2014 – 14-1 

2013 – 6-5 


The Chargers took the title of Class 4A state champions last season, leaving no room for debate about their skill. Even after graduating some game-changing players, they look to have another strong season this year with a lot of new faces in big positions as they move to compete in 3A.

Billy Ross (5-9, 155. Sr.) will be a crucial offensive factor as a running back. This season Ross will add to his career total of 168 carries over 1,388 yards for 22 touchdowns. Watch for Conner Carey (5-10, 165, Sr.) to continually be a strength to the offense as a wide receiver. Phillip Smitherman (6-0, 160, Jr.) will also be utilized as a wide receiver as well as a free safety on the defensive side of the ball. Jack Griffin (6-0, 200, Sr.) will be at the center of the offensive and defensive lines with Melvin Swindle (6-3, 295, So.) joining him to lock them down.


Running a 30 stack base formation, the Chargers will have six starters returning to the field. Jaden McDaniel (6-1, 195, Sr.) will be one of their key players in the defensive end position, looking to follow up a great year with an even better senior season. Connor Keith (6-0, 160, Jr.), Preston Nelson (5-11, 185, Sr.), and AJ Sirls Jr. (6-1, 190, So.) will be relied upon to back up the defensive line. Ross and Smitherman, who play important roles on both sides of the ball, will be used in the backfield; Ross as a cornerback and Smitherman as a free safety.

The football senior class is smaller this year, but according to head coach Brett Bogert, they will provide excellent leadership and drive to the team. Coach Bogert feels that the Chargers are set to have another great season, and they will know exactly where they need to be after opening the season with games against Millwood, Clinton, and Davis. 


8-30 – at Millwood 

9-7 – at Clinton

9-14 – vs. Davis

9-21 – vs. Mount St. Mary 

9-28 – at John Marshall 

10-5 – vs. Perkins-Tryon 

10-11 – vs. Bridge Creek 

10-19 – at Kingfisher 

10-26 – at Blackwell 

11-2 – vs. Mannford 


Idabel Warriors


Last 5 Years:
2017- 8-5

2016- 8-4

2015- 7-5

2014- 9-3

2013- 1-9


After four years of running deep into the Class 3A playoffs including a trip to the quarterfinals last season, Bo Gibson takes over the program from Dennis Parker with some major rebuilding to do. Talented athlete LaQuan Wells, a VYPE Top 100 selectee, will move from wide receiver to take on the quarterbacking chores for the Warriors this season. The only other regular starter back on offense for Idabel will be lineman Tyler Sivard (6-4, 275, Sr.). Another VYPE Top 100 pick, Donte Reece (6-4, 280, Sr.), will probably see action in both the offensive and defensive lines this season. 

Running back duties look to be in the hands of Michael Harper (5-10, 195, Jr.) this season. The receiving corps will be headed up by Corbin Cooper (6-1, 170, Jr.) and Jonah Scott (5-10, 160, Sr.).

Gibson expects to run a fast-paced offense with several big playmakers when the season kicks off.


Graduation was a little kinder to the Warriors on defense as they will have five returning starters including three in what should be a powerful defensive line that will feature Reece, Cecil Richards (6-2, 215, Sr.) and Oscar Gil (5-10, 200, Jr.). Jaxen Thompson (6-1, 185, So.) will be a talented athlete who will run at a defensive back spot but will also be versatile enough to spell Wells at quarterback some. Treavor Scharnhorst (5-11, 165, Sr.) will be the go-to linebacker for the Warriors while Jhadi Harjo (5-11, 175, Sr.) will return to the secondary at the free safety position. 

“We will display a fast and aggressive defense that’s hungry for turnovers,” said Gibson. 

As for the overall team attitude going into what shapes up as a rebuilding year for Idabel, Gibson sums it up.

“Family, Family, Family. It’s hard to beat 11 brothers.”


8-31 – at Broken Bow

9-7 – vs. Hugo

9-14 – vs. Valliant

9-21 – at Okmulgee

9-28 – at Webster

10-5 – vs. Seminole

10-12 – vs. Checotah

10-18 – at Stigler

10-26 – vs. Lincoln Christian


Inola Longhorns


Last 5 Years: 

2017 – 3-7 

2016 – 9-3

2015 – 7-3

2014 – 3-7

2013 – 5-6 


 A lot of what happens with the Longhorn offense will depend on how quickly sophomore quarterback Landon Prows matures this season.

“He’s an exciting prospect that had a tremendous junior high career and saw some action last year as a freshman,” said coach Jeff Williams.

Prows will certainly have a talented and experienced crew of receivers led by the speedy Wyatt Oliver (6-0, 165, Sr.) who piled up over 800 total yards last year and was a state track finalist in the 100 and 200-meter sprints. Another youngster will also figure into the receiving mix in Dalton Norman (6-1, 160, So.). He started last year as a freshman and brings with him a talented gene pool as his older brother, Jacob who’s now at Northeastern State, owns the school receiving record.  A senior-laden line brings size, experience and leadership to the offense in brothers Kaleb (5-11, 190) and Gervace (6-0, 230) Aguila and four-year starter Walker Graham (6-0, 225).

“We’ll run an up-tempo attack centered around an efficient passing game and quick-hitting running,” said Williams. “We’ll spread the ball around and look for mismatches.”


“We’ll be experienced and talented on defense,” said Williams. “This will be the best defense I’ve put on the field in my four years here.”

A full set of returning linebackers is one reason for Williams optimism led by Brockup and Kaleb Aguila. Joining Aguila at an inside linebacker spot will be Jordan Lane (5-8, 205, Sr.), a tireless worker and devoted team leader according to Williams. With Brockup on the outside in the 3-4 defense will be Drake Leybas (5-9, 160, Jr.). Oliver will again put his sprinters speed to work in the secondary and Brodie Jenkins (6-2, 240, Sr.) will be back to anchor the defensive line. Williams is also excited about the addition of former Wagoner and Hilldale coordinator Travis Bryant to his staff to run this defense.

The Longhorns will see some new faces on the schedule this year with redistricting including Cascia Hall, Verdigris and perennial 3A power Berryhill.

“We were disappointed in last season’s record, but we don’t believe that one season defines a program,” said Williams. “We’re anxious to get back on the field with this tremendous group of seniors and return to our winning ways.”  


8-24- vs. Lincoln Christian

8-31- OPEN

9-7- at Salina

9-14- vs. Wyandotte

9-21- at Berryhill

9-28- at Claremore Sequoyah

10-5- vs. Locust Grove

10-12- vs. Verdigris

10-18- at Jay

10-26- vs. Vinita

11-2- at Cascia Hall


Jay Bulldogs


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 10-2 

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 2-8

2014 – 1-9 

2013 – 6-5 


With six returning starters, the Bulldogs offense is looking great this year. The offensive line will hold strong with Kobe Sixkiller (6-3, 275, Jr.) anchoring them at the center. Sixkiller has the ability to lay opponents flat, accumulating 25 pancake blocks last season and expecting more this year. Cole Oswalt (6-2, 250, Jr.) will be right there with him as a defensive tackle. Zach Carroll (5-11, 220, Sr.) will also contribute on the line as a guard. 

Quarterback Daylon Simpson (5-11, 180, Jr.) will look to put the ball in multiple people’s hands and make some plays. Two of Simpson’s main targets will be Zach Coy (5-10, 190, Jr.) at running back and Loran “L-Ray” Kirk (6-1, 175, So.) as a wide receiver. Coy shows potential to have a big season, after racking up 400 rushing yards and 125 receiving yards as a sophomore last year. Some explosive backs in the backfield will add depth as well.


Defensively, the team will be aggressive and focus on attacking the opponent’s offense using their front seven with some great returning players. Hunter King (6-3, 235 Sr.) will assist in leading that charge as a defensive end, along with Marcus Summerfield (6-1, 280, Jr.) at tackle. King stays busy on the field and had some impressive stats last year including 70 tackles, three sacks, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and one interception. Backing up the line will be Weston Welch (5-11, 200, Jr.), Brody Winfield (5-11, 200, Jr.), and Tarzan Mount (5-10, 205, Jr.). The team will use different coverages in the secondary to keep opponents guessing. When Simpson is on this side of the ball, his athleticism and versatility will make him a defensive back to watch for. 

After a big winning season last year the Bulldogs will look to build on that success and go compete for another district title. The team has a few spots to fill after graduation but they are confident in the young talent they have who will get the job done.


8-31 – at Miami

9-7 – at Grove

9-14 – vs. Gravette, AR

9-21 – at Vinita

9-28 – vs. Cascia Hall

10-5 – at Verdigris

10-12 – at Locust Grove

10-18 – vs. Inola

10-26 – at Berryhill

11-2 – vs. Claremore Sequoyah


John Marshall Bears


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 14-1 

2016 – 12-2

2015 – 10-2

2014 – 8-3

2013 – 4-6


The Bears put on one of the most amazing state title runs last season. After losing to eventual Class 4A state champ Heritage Hall in the season opener John Marshall went on to win 14-staraight games and claim the Class 3A gold ball. 

Five starters return to the John Marshall offense from last year’s team and none are bigger than Jarod Leviston (5-10, 205, Sr.) at quarterback. As a junior Leviston threw for 1,664 yards and 15 touchdowns and also ran for 509 yards and five more scores on the ground. 

Leviston’s top targets in the passing game this year will be Jared Leviston (6-0, 185 Sr.) and Timothy Stephens (5-8, 150, Jr.). Last year Jared Leviston hauled in 36 catches for 491 yards and five touchdowns while Stephens had 29 catches for 452 yards and another five touchdowns. Bryce Stephens (6-0, 155, So.) will also line up at receiver this year along with his duties as the team’s backup quarterback.

In the backfield was where John Marshall really got it done last year though complementing their passing attack with two backs who ran for over 1,000 yards. Both those backs graduated however so look for Jaden Mullins (5-10, 190, Jr.) and Roberto Arozarena (5-8, 160, Sr.) to step into those roles.


On defense the Bears will build around a talented group of linebackers and defensive backs this season with dynamic playmakers in the middle of the field coming up to shut down the run game and corners that can completely shut down the passing game. 

At linebacker Kevon Curry (6-0, 215, Sr.) and Mullins will be the players leaned on the most. Curry will play inside linebacker after making 92 total tackles last year and recording 16 tackles for loss. Mullins meanwhile will occupy an outside linebacker spot where he added 68 total tackles and 16 tackles for loss of his own last year.

In the secondary Cory Wheeler (6-1, 160, Jr.), Che Don Caldwell (6-1, 165, Jr.) and Aiden Perrin (6-0, 175, Sr.) will all start at cornerback. That type of skill at the corner positions should free up Jarod Leviston to make plenty of plays as the team’s strong safety.


8-30 – vs. Northeast

9-7 – at Capitol Hill

9-14 – vs. Douglass

9-21 – at Bridge Creek

9-28 – vs. Heritage Hall

10-5 – at Blackwell

10-12 – at Mount St. Mary

10-19 – vs. Mannford

10-25 – vs. Perkins

11-2 – at Kingfisher




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 9-3 

2016 – 11-2

2015 – 4-7

2014 – 11-3 

2013 – 15-0


The Yellowjackets offense will see lots of great skill returning led by quarterback Jett Sternberger (6-2, 180, Sr.). Sternberger has been a reliable QB for the team, accumulating 2,529 career passing yards and 36 touchdowns, averaging 140.5 yards per game. One of his main targets when putting the ball in the air this season will be wide receiver Trey Green (6-3, 190, Sr.). Green got 814 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns under his belt last year, and much more is expected of him during his senior season. 

Declan Haub (6-3, 210, Sr.) brings his experience back to the tight end position. He has recorded over a hundred tackles, with the majority of them being from his junior campaign last season. Logan Burnham (6-0, 225, Sr.) and Owen Vincent (5-11, 235, Sr.) will hold down the offensive line at left guard and center. 


A couple of familiar faces on the defensive side are Green at outside linebacker and Haub as a defensive end. Riley Myers (6-1, 215, Jr.) will contribute as a defensive end. Myers is an ambitious player and should perform well this season. The secondary has tons of depth returning as well. Two names you will hear frequently are Keaton Abercrombie (5-11, 185, Jr.), at safety, and Clayton Abercrombie (5-10, 175, Jr.), at cornerback.

Another key secondary player, cornerback Cole Crosswhite (5-8, 165, Sr.), will be entering his senior season with some new hardware after sustaining a bad fracture in his forearm during the playoffs last year. Four plates and more than a dozen screws later, Crosswhite is finishing up a long process of recovery and will be good to go come August. Hopefully he can remain healthy because he is a game-changing player on both sides of the ball. The Yellowjackets are competing in arguably the toughest district in Class 3A, but they have the skill and the drive to be successful as long as they are putting in work. 


8-31 – at Tuttle

9-7 – at Hennessey

9-14 – vs. Bethany

9-21 – vs. Blackwell

9-28 – vs. Mannford

10-5 – at Bridge Creek

10-11 – at Perkins

10-19 – vs. Heritage Hall

10-26 – at St. Mary’s

11-2 – vs. John Marshall


Lincoln Christian Bulldogs 


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 5-7

2016 – 10-3

2015 – 14-1

2014 – 10-3 

2013 – 8-5 


The Bulldogs will return six starters to their offense this season and should boast a healthy passing attack according to head coach Jerry Ricke.

“Offensively, we feel really good about our pass game with Chase Ricke returning at quarterback. He will also have one of his main targets back in Sam Brueggemann,” Ricke said.

Last year Chase Ricke (6-0, 170, Jr.) threw for 3,055 yards and 25 touchdowns and will be looking to do that much if not more this year. Of those 3,000-plus yards Sam Brueggemann (6-3, 170, Jr.) had 1,047 of them on 68 catches so it is no exaggeration to say the pair should be one of the more dynamic duos in the entire state this year.

Wide receiver Keegan Parker (6-0, 165, Jr.) will be another top target for the Bulldogs this year as will tight end Jace Ward (6-2, 215, Sr.) who caught 11 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns last year.

Lincoln Christian won’t just be a pass happy team however. The Bulldogs do have a strong running back returning in Brendyn Harris (5-9, 170. Sr.) to take some of the pressure off of Ricke and the passing attack. Last season Harris rushed for 653 yards and four touchdowns on 99 total carries.

Finally, on the offensive line the Bulldogs will turn to Colton Starr (6-4, 255, Jr.) to lead the way in the trenches.


The Bulldogs will also have a very experienced defensive unit to rely on this year with seven starters returning to that side of the ball. 

At linebacker Jace Ward will join Tyson Ward (6-0, 180, So.) and Connor Johnson (6-2, 190, Jr.). Jace Ward made 89 tackles and had 6.5 sacks last year while Tyson Ward had 142 tackles and three sacks as a freshman. 

In the secondary the Bulldogs will have a set of talented safeties with Zac Harwell (6-0, 175, Jr.) and Josh Kaste (5-10, 180, Jr.). Harwell is the more experienced of the two defensive backs and had 74 tackles and one interception to his credit last year.

Rounding things out on defense will be a defensive line led by Ty Johnson (6-1, 215, Sr.) who had 27 tackles a year ago.


8-24 – at Inola

8-31 – vs. Jones

9-7 – at Vian

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – vs. Stigler

9-28 – at Seminole

10-5 – vs. Webster

10-12 – at Roland

10-18 – vs. Okmulgee

10-26 – at Idabel

11-2 – vs. Checotah




Last 5 Years: 

2017 – 5-5 

2016 – 5-5

2015 – 12-1

2014 – 13-1

2013 – 12-1


Eight starters return to the Locust Grove offense this year led by a three-headed monster of skill position players. 

At quarterback Caden Bedabout (5-10, 160, Jr.) is back after throwing for 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore. Nathan Blackbear (6-1, 160, Sr.) returns at receiver after a 450-yard and seven-touchdown junior campaign. Last but not least, Travis Brown (5-8, 165, Jr.) returns at running back after rushing for 900 yards, picking up 450 more receiving and scoring nine total touchdowns.

The cupboard definitely isn’t bare once you get past the Pirates’ main triumvirate though. Zane Loffer (5-10, 170, Sr.) returns at H-back this year after picking up 550 total yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Offensive tackles Caleb Bates (6-2, 280, Sr.) and Justin Littlebear (6-1, 285, Sr.) are also returning. Bates is a three-year starter for the Pirates and Littlebear is a four-year starter who had 40 pancake blocks last year.


The Pirates’ defense will be even more experienced than their offense with nine starters returning this year.

In the secondary Jalen Allen (6-2, 210, Sr.) is back at strong safety this season looking to add to his 245 career tackles and four career interceptions. Bendabout and Loffer will also start in the secondary with Bendabout playing corner and Loffer at free safety. Last season Bendabout made 57 tackles and picked off three passes while Loffer had 65 tackles and one interception.

Locust Grove will also have a duo of very talented outside linebackers returning this year. Kyle Panther (5-8, 165, Sr.) made 119 tackles, nine sacks and intercepted two passes last year while his partner in crime Sid Frailey (5-8, 160, Sr.) had 105 tackles and three sacks.

On the defensive line it will be Littlebear leading the charge after a junior season where he recorded 56 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.


8-30 – at Salina

9-6 – vs. Adair

9-14– vs. Sequoyah Tahlequah

9-21 – at Sequoyah Claremore

9-28 – vs. Berryhill

10-5 – at Inola

10-12 – vs. Jay

10-18 – at Cascia Hall

10-26 – vs. Verdigris

11-2 – at Vinita




Last 5 Years:
2017- 3-7

2016- 2-8

2015- 10-4

2014- 9-2-1

2013- 8-3


The Longhorns will have their work cut out for them as they enter 2018 with a new head coach and not a lot of experience. What experience Lone Grove does have on offense is based in the offensive line with the return of Matt Throneberry (5-11, 215, Sr.) and Tanner Crockett (6-4, 230, Sr.). Colton Jones (6-2, 175, Jr.) looks to take on the quarterbacking slot for the Longhorns. Running out of new coach Brad Osteen’s unusual Wing-T formation, Lone Grove will have two guys to carry the mail in Michael Ramsey (6-0, 190, Jr.) at the fullback spot and Cooper Robinson (5-10, 165, So.) at tailback. Gavin Perry (6-3, 175, So.) will be one of several new faces in the offensive front for the Longhorns.

“We’ll have a young team with a new quarterback. Hopefully our Wing-T will give us the surprise element of misdirection plus stressing ball control will hopefully help the offense grow as the season progresses,” said Osteen.


Lone Grove will return a little more experience on defense with three starters back led by linebackers Caleb Niell (6-0, 185, Sr.) and Casey Keys (6-0, 195, Sr.). Mitchell Porter (5-10, 185, Sr.) is the other upperclassman returning at a defensive tackle spot. It will be up to those three to provide the leadership to bring along those lacking experience. The secondary responsibilities will rest in the hands of a couple of sophomores in Ty Clemens (5-10, 150) and Colton Danker (5-10, 160). Getting the hang of the new 3-4 defense will be the challenge of the Longhorn crew but Osteen hopes that team speed will help overcome youthful mistakes.

“We will be young and inexperienced,’ said Osteen. “We’ll rely on our seniors to lead the way.”


8-24 – vs. Dickson

8-31 – at Davis

9-7 – vs. Madill

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – at Pauls Valley

9-28 – at Douglass

10-5- vs. Sulphur

10-12 – vs. Marlow

10-18 – at Plainview

10-26 – vs. Purcell

11-2 – at Bethel




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 5-6

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 3-7

2014 – 1-9 

2013 – 6-4 


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. 


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.” 


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 


Marlow Outlaws  


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 5-6

2016 – 5-6

2015 – 5-6

2014 – 7-5

2013 – 6-5


Piecing together an offense will be the first order of business for new coach Matt Weber as he returns to take over control of the Outlaw program. The graduation of the several talented skill players leaves Marlow lacking in experience for the new coach. Three remaining starters return for another year led by wide receiver Tag Allen (6-0, 180, Jr.) who had 15 catches for 247 yards in his sophomore season. Also presenting an attractive target for whoever the new quarterback will be is tight end Seth Aguilera (6-1, 220, Jr.). The Outlaws will also have one experienced lineman that be the focus for team leadership in Trevor Hornberger (6-1, 230, Sr.). Weber will install an I-formation offense and hopes to establish a strong running game. Perhaps working in Marlow’s favor will be that they will have some time to get things going as they don’t face the toughest part of their district schedule until October.


Aguilera, who recorded 47 tackles last year from a defensive end spot, will be one of the go-to guys in the Marlow defense. Also on the defensive line with experience is Hunter Havron (5-10, 230, Jr.) at tackle. The leading tackler back from last year will be linebacker Carson Moore (6-0, 180, So.) who put up 62 tackles as a freshman. As with the offense, graduation took its toll on the Marlow defense, so the new coach will have to hit the ground running as he looks for the next group of Outlaws to groom into a solid defensive unit.

“We are excited to get this year started. Our guys have been working hard in the weight room and are a great group of young men,” said Weber.


8-31 – at Chickasha

9-7 – vs. Cache

9-14 – at Washington

9-21 – at Douglass

9-28 – vs. Pauls Valley

10-5 – vs. Plainview

10-12 – at Lone Grove

10-18 – vs. Sulphur

10-26 – vs. Bethel

11-2 – at Purcell



Coach: Willis Alexander 

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 5-5

2016 – 7-3

2015 – 2-8 

2014 – 4-6 

2013 – 4-6 


Longtime Douglass High School coach Willis Alexander is taking over the Mount St. Mary football program in 2018. Alexander is excited to build this program from the ground up.

“We are looking forward to the challenge of building this program one brick at a time,” said Alexander. 

The multiple set offense Alexander will run this season will find its strength in the offensive line. Charlie Lane (6-1, 255, Sr.) returns at guard with Dalton Faires (6-0, 220, Jr.) starting at the other guard spot. The inside run game will benefit from having these two experienced players in the huddle. Carson Statham (6-0, 225, Sr.) is a mainstay on the line for the Rockets. The trio will serve as the foundation for the team as they look to rebuild the program. Grady Glass (5-11, 160, Jr.) is a skill position player with big-play potential. Starting at wide receiver, Glass will look to stretch the field and give the offense a viable option in the passing game. 


The defense returns six starters from last year’s team that went 5-5. Defensive end Lorenzo Jones (6-4, 220, Sr.) is the real deal coming off the edge. Coach Alexander feels Jones has, “big-time prospect potential.” Linebacker Kayesean Fisher (5-10, 180, Sr.) is a solid leader on the defensive side of the ball. Fisher can make plays sideline to sideline. Cooper Glass (6-2, 175, Sr.) shores up the secondary for the Rockets. Coach Alexander said Glass has a high football IQ. Defensive coordinator and DBs coach Dasor Horton has some talent on the field, but is looking to develop some of the younger talent for better depth. The rest of the coaching staff consists of Carlos Rhodes (AHC/OL), Farold Smith (OC/QB/RB), Alonzo Mayes (DL), Kenny Cox (WR), and Matthew Sherber-Howard (TE). 


8-31 – vs. Christian Heritage Academy 

9-7 – vs. Crooked Oak

9-14 – vs. Chandler 

9-21 – at Heritage Hall 

9-28 – vs. Bridge Creek 

10-5 – at Mannford 

10-12 – vs. John Marshall 

10-19 – at Blackwell

10-27 – vs. Kingfisher 

11-2 – at Perkins-Tryon 




Last 5 Years: 

2017 – 4-5

2016 – 5-6

2015 – 2-8

2014 – 4-6 

2013 – 3-8 


Things didn’t work out quite as planned for the Bulldogs in 2017 who had a strong nucleus back from their playoff team of 2016. Bruce Munden takes over the coaching duties this season with hopes of propelling Okmulgee back into the playoffs. Jacob Barrett (6-1, 175, Jr.) returns for his third season at quarterback. Injured during a good part of his freshman year, Barrett has been described as a game-breaking threat that can hurt a team running or passing. And he’ll have a solid corps of returning receivers to throw to led by Trivion Skinner (6-3, 175, Sr.) along with Jaden Skinner and Melic Jefferson (6-4, 180, Sr.). Look for Jourdan Lewis (5-11, 180, Sr.) to take on the running back chores while up front returning starters Lemuel Lott and Matt Camacho (6-5, 265, Jr.) will look to open holes for Lewis and company.

“Look for a good balance between passing and running out of our spread hybrid offense,” said Munden. “We’ve got seven starters back and a young, hungry group coming up.”


The defensive line looks to be the area that needs the most shoring up for the Bulldogs with Lott being the only returning starter. That means the linebackers will really have to be on their toes. Fortunately, Okmulgee has some quality returners there with Skinner in the middle flanked by Jaylen Mayfield and Dewayne Parks. The secondary will also be in experienced hands with Barrett and Jefferson at the cornerback positions.

“We’ll be an aggressive, blue-collar 3-4 defense that will beat on teams for four quarters and will use a gap protection defense and athleticism to wear our opponents down,” said Munden. “We’re ready to compete in one of the most balanced districts in Oklahoma. We’ll have a strong leading group mixed with a group of hungry pups looking to make their mark.”

The Bulldogs will see some different opponents as they compete in the redesigned District 3A-3 this season and a schedule break that gives them three of their first four games at home.


8-31 – at Beggs

9-7 – vs. Langston Hughes Academy

9-14 – vs. Vian

9-21 – vs. Idabel

9-28 – at Checotah

10-5 – at Roland

10-12 – vs. Webster

10-19 – at Lincoln Christian

10-26 – at Stigler

11-2 – vs. Seminole 




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 4-7

2016 – 6-6

2015 – 5-6

2014 – 3-7

2013 – 2-8


Though the Panthers made it to the Class 3A playoffs for the third consecutive year in 2017, it wasn’t the outcome they had hoped for with the experience they had returning. Again, this year they have a solid nucleus returning as Dusty Raper moves from defensive coordinator to take over as head coach.

Jack Grimmett (6-1, 180, Sr.), a VYPE Top 100 selectee, returns to the signal calling spot for the Panthers. The three-year dual-threat starter has passed for nearly 3,000 yards in his first two seasons and ran for nearly 600 yards last year. The Panthers will line up in the wishbone and hammer the ball with running backs Kyree Harding (5-9, 170, Sr.) and Cade Ensey (6-0, 170, Sr.) who carried for over 1,100 yards between them last season. But maybe the biggest asset for Pauls Valley will be the three seniors that anchor the offensive line-Chris Alvarado (5-7, 190), Jake Foster (6-1, 230) and big Kendall Fisher (6-5, 305).

“We’ll play physical ball-control football with a lot of big play capabilities,” said Raper. “We have the ability to throw even though we’re in the wishbone.”

Finding the guys to make the catches when they do throw will be a priority for the staff this fall as they lost several experienced receivers to graduation.


As the former defensive boss, Raper will be certain to hone the skills of his defense where he has eight players back from last season. A pair of 100 plus tacklers will be the main cogs of the defense with Grimmett (100 tackles) at a safety spot and Devon Taylor (5-11, 240, Sr.) who was impressive with 110 take downs as a defensive tackle. Rejoining him in the defensive front will be Jacob McElhaney (5-11, 200, Sr.). Ensey returns at linebacker along with Nick Beaty (5-9, 185, Sr.) while Grimmett teams up with Tyce Davidson (6-1, 180, Sr.) in the secondary.

“Though we’re in a difficult district, I expect us to be right in the mix given the experience we have returning,” said Raper.


9-24 – vs. Lindsay

9-31 – vs. Oklahoma Christian School

9-7 – at Jones

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – vs. Lone Grove

9-28 – at Marlow

10-5 – at Bethel

10-12 – vs. Douglass

10-19 – at Purcell

10-26 – at Plainview

11-2 – vs. Sulphur




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 6-5

2016 – 8-4

2015 – 6-5

2014 – 7-4 

2013 – 5-6


With six returning starters from last seasons 6-5 team, Perkins-Tryon is looking to build on some of the success they had a year ago. In his fifth season as head coach, Bruce Williams may have the team that can grab more wins and make a deeper run into the playoffs. 

Leading the way is quarterback Austin Mages (5-11, 180, So.) Only a sophomore, Mages will have plenty of weapons to choose from this season. Ty Hill (5-11, 160, Sr.) is one of them. Hill is a quick runner with excellent vision. His senior leadership will go a long way on the field and in the locker room. Caden Williams (5-10, 150, Sr.) is one of two targets in the passing game Mages will have this season. Also look for Cole Aldridge (6-0, 180, Jr.). Ayron Lawson (5-6, 145, Jr.) is a nice change-of-pace running back the Demons will use in the spread formation. Look for Lawson to work his way into the passing game. Up front the Demons feature senior Seth Thomas (5-8, 250). Thomas, a tough and gritty player, will work to make the offensive line better as younger players step up to the challenge. 

“We have a lot of younger guys eager to earn their spots. It should be a fun and exciting season,” said coach Williams. 


Everything for the Demon defense starts up front. Led by Alton Allen (5-7, 235, Jr.), the defense will look for Allen to get a strong push up the middle, giving the linebackers an opportunity to roam free. Hill and Kenny Bell (So.) will start at linebacker with Lawson playing on of the outside linebacker spots in the 3-4. Conner Williams (6-3, 185, So.) is a young, but talented player one the line with Allen. Aldridge will step to the defensive side of the ball where he will start at one of the corner spots for coach Williams. 

The coaching staff includes Russell Longbrake, Chuck Taylor, Jeremy Love, Ricard Reed, Aaron Barta, Wil Anderson, Eric Stevenson, and John Dexter. 


8-31 – at Hennessey 

9-7 – vs. Cushing 

9-14 – vs. McLoud

9-21 – vs. Mannford 

9-28 – at Blackwell

10-4 – at Heritage Hall 

10-12 – vs. Kingfisher 

10-18 – at Bridge Creek 

10-26 – at John Marshall 

11-2 – vs. Mount St. Mary


Plainview Indians  


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 9-3

2016 – 13-2

2015 -9-3

2014 – 5-7

2013 – 13-1


Going into his sixth season at Plainview, Joe Price has taken the Indians to the state playoffs every season, getting as far as the state championship game in 2016. There will be some challenges for Plainview on offense in 2018 as the Indians will have to replace key pieces of the offensive machine at quarterback and running back. The signal calling duties will fall to Brock Parham (6-2, 175, Jr.) who saw some limited action last year behind Spencer Summerville. Parham will find a talented group of receivers as targets led by Blake Nowell (6-4, 180, Jr.) who caught 45 balls last year as well as Justin Anderson (6-0, 165, Sr.) and tight end Lane Ross (6-3, 230, Sr.) who will move from the H-back spot. Anchoring the pass protection in the O-line will be OSU-commit Eli Russ, a VYPE Top 100 pick, who at 6-foot-5, 305-pounds is just a junior. The Indians also feature kicker Kenny Sutherlin who can hit from 40 plus yards as a bonus to the offense. 

“We’ve got a great group of receivers and linemen returning,” said Price. “If we get the guys to step up at quarterback and running back, we will be explosive on offense.”


Eight starters return for Price on defense led by linebacker Tyler Berryhill (6-1, 200, Jr.) who had 94 tackles last year including 14 behind the line. Running beside him in the 3-4 defense will be Ross, a four-year starter, who amassed 60 tackles in 2017. Connor O’Neal (5-9, 250, Sr.) is back at nose guard and Zach Cole (5-11, 240, Sr.) will be with him in the defensive line. The secondary figures to be solid with starters Jake Guerin (5-9, 165, Jr.) and Britton Sperry (5-11, 175, Sr.) back in the fold.

“Our non-district schedule will be a tough test for us, but if we have guys step in and play well, we have a chance to have a great season,” said Price.


8-24 – at Elgin

8-31 – vs. Sanger, TX

9-7 – vs. Tuttle

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – at Purcell

9-28 – vs. Bethel

10-5 – at Marlow

10-12 – at Sulphur

10-18 – vs. Lone Grove

10-26 – vs. Pauls Valley

11-2 – at Douglass


Purcell Dragons  


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 5-6

2016 – 5-6

2015 – 4-7

2014 – 7-4

2013 – 6-5


Purcell begins 2018 with their third new head coach in the last four years as Tracy Scott takes over the Dragon program. The spring and summer workouts centered on implementing Scott’s zone-read offense which will be run by Garrett Galyean (6-1, 180, Sr.). It will Galyean’s second season at the QB spot having moved from the wide receiver position he played his sophomore year. Two other skill positions will be manned by returning starters which will be a big plus for the Dragons. Gunner Fink (5-8, 175, Sr.) will be one of the running backs for the Dragons along with Josh Scrivner (5-10, 165, So.). Giving Galyean an inviting target in the passing game will be big Jake Berrey (6-6, 190, Sr.) back at tight end while Brendan Farris (5-7, 160, Jr.)  will be a speedy wide out. The offensive line will feature three players who saw at least some playing time last year in Josh Fixico (6-1, 205, Jr.), Victor Trejo (5-11, 215, Sr.) and Jayln Shea (5-10, 235, Sr.). It will be up to the seniors on this team to really step up and help in the coaching transition while encouraging everyone in adapting to the new offense.


The Dragons will see a lot of their guys going both ways at least to start the season as they go from a base 50 defense to a 3-4 look. Shea, Fink, Addison Love (5-11, 185, Jr.) and Hayden Farley (6-0, 180, Sr.) will make up a nails-tough linebacking corps. Trejo will see duty in the D-line along with Fixico while Galyean, Berrey, Scrivner and Nicholas Albright (6-0, 165, Jr.) will add some much-needed experience to the defense in the secondary.

The Dragons have made the Class 3A playoffs the last seven years but have not been able to get past the first round. They have a good nucleus of skill players and size but how quickly they can adapt to Scott’s way of doing things and bring those changes to bear on the field will be the challenge to making it eight in a row.


8-31 – at Lindsay

9-7 – vs. Washington

9-14 – at Lexington

9-21 – vs. Plainview

9-28 – at Sulphur

10-5 – vs. Douglass

10-12 – at Bethel

10-18 – vs. Pauls Valley

10-26 – at Lone Grove

11-2 – vs. Marlow 




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 3-6

2016 – 1-8

2015 – 11-2 

2014 – 11-2 

2013 – 6-5


After struggling the last two season, the Rangers would seem poised to get back on the winning side of the ledger and possibly take a shot at the playoffs in 2018. During the offseason, coach Jeff Streun moved down I-40 to take over at Sallisaw and Waymon Potts was promoted to the head coaching spot.

A senior-laden squad this year, quarterback Eli Dalton (5-11, 190, Sr.) is back for his third year at the helm. Dalton has passed for over 3000 yards and 34 touchdowns in his first two years and with another year of experience will be the sparkplug for the Ranger offense. Javonte Youngblood (5-9, 170, Sr.) will get the call at the running back spot after playing in about the half the games last year and carrying for 273 yards. The Rangers will be solid in the offensive line with the likes of Spencer Dewitt (6-0, 225, Sr.), Ryan Dean (6-0, 225, Sr.), and Prentiss Peters (6-0, 235, Sr.). Logan Wolfe (6-2, 235, Sr.) bounced back from an injury his sophomore year to have 28 catches at tight end for the Rangers last season.

“We’d like to move to a more run-oriented offense this season to give us more offensive weapons,” said Potts.


The D-line for the Rangers will be in good hands with Peters and Wolfe, who had four tackles for loss last season, in down positions in the new 4-4 set. The Rangers will have to overcome the loss of several experienced tacklers at linebacker and in the secondary, but they do have some returning players who got a lot of playing time starting with Cole Davis (6-0, 180, Jr.) who recorded 48 tackles, nine of those for loss, in 2017, Jacob Cantrell (5-10, 185, Sr.) who will join Davis at outside linebacker after being credited with 42 tackles last season, and Kendall Muncy (6-0, 185, Sr.) who put down 53 runners last year. The secondary will be the big question mark for the Roland defense as they’ll be thin on experience.

“We’ll play solid defense with a few question marks and be sound on special teams,” said Potts.


8-31 – at Spiro

9-7 – at Muldrow

9-14 – vs. Keys

9-21 – vs. Seminole

9-28 – at Stigler

10-5 – vs. Okmulgee

10-12 – vs. Lincoln Christian

10-19 – at Webster

10-26 – at Checotah

11-2 – vs. Idabel


Seminole Chieftains  


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 8-3

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 8-3 

2014 – 10-2 

2013 – 13-1


After taking some rebuilding lumps in 2016, the Chieftains bounced back to form making it to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs last season. And with nine starters returning, veteran coach Mike Snyder is optimistic that the Chieftains will have no trouble putting points on the board this year. VYPE Top 100 selectee Cade Hammond (6-0, 170, Sr.) returns for his second year at the quarterback spot having passed for 1,284 yards including 13 touchdowns in his first year as signal caller. Another key component of a strong offense is running back Jamon Dennis (5-10, 165, Sr.) who rushed for nearly 1000 yards last season and Cameron Gunville (6-0, 185, Jr.) who after gaining 900 yards provides two years experience for the Chieftains.  Callan Rigney (6-0, 240, Sr.) will be the heart of the Chieftain offensive line where he is reunited with three-year starter Terri Walker (5-8, 220, Jr.). Senior Chico Baker (5-8, 220) will likely be the main target for Hammond this season.

“With so many starters back we should be ahead of the game when we start up in August,” said Snyder. “Cade Hammond will need to continue his development and growth at quarterback.”


This area will draw a lot of attention during summer workouts as the Chieftains have just four returners back from last year’s squad. Snyder will be looking to find an outside and an inside linebacker to play in his 4-2-5 defense. But whoever ends up around him, Mark Beauford (6-0, 170, Sr.) will be the leader of the pack at linebacker looking to improve even more on his 101 tackles last season. The guys up front will need to take charge early. Derek Wolfe (6-1, 190, Sr.) will undoubtedly be the leader of this group and provide senior leadership for a trio of juniors in Steven Johnson (5-10, 240), Amon Conley (6-4, 290) and defensive end Jarrod Stewart (6-0, 180) who topped the defense in sacks in 2017. The secondary will showcase the talents of a pair of juniors including Cameron Gunville and Sabyion Battles (6-1, 170) to be the clamp down guys in the secondary.

“We have a lot of starters back but will still be young in several key positions,” said Snyder. “Our schedule is tough and, like everyone else, we have to stay healthy.”


8-31 – vs. Harrah

9-7 – at Tecumseh

9-14 – vs. Wewoka

9-21 – at Roland

9-28 – vs. Lincoln Christian

10-5 – vs. Stigler

10-12 – at Idabel

10-18 – at Checotah

10-26 – vs. Webster

11-2 – at Okmulgee  




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 7-4

2016 – 8-4

2015 – 4-6

2014 – 4-7 

2013 – 6-5


In his first season as head coach of the Sequoyah Claremore Eagles, Rob Gilbreath is looking to spread the ball around and allow his offensive line to control the line of scrimmage. 

“We want even distribution of the ball on offense with good O-line play,” said coach Gilbreath. 

One big reason coach Gilbreath is excited to get this offensive line working as one unit is Levi Gill (6-3, 300, Jr.). Gill will start at tackle giving the Eagles someone strong enough to stop the bull rush and lock up defensive ends on the outside. Lucus Rumsey (6-0, 250, Sr.) and Bryce Blue (6-0, 230, Sr.) join Gill up front. Add Hunter Hayes (5-10, 240, Sr.) and you have the nucleus of what could develop into the best O-line in Class 3A. Daike Cummings (6-0, 175, Sr.) and Mason Hassell (5-10, 150, Sr.) are two talented receivers the Eagles will look to use as they attempt to stretch the field and open things up for the run game. Hassel comes from a family of great athletes and has worked to live up to the family name. Question marks at quarterback were addressed during spring ball, but the final verdict will come in August. 


Cummings and Hassel get the start at corner on the defensive side of the ball. Both guys have a nose for the ball and bring good speed to the field. Wyatt Townsend (5-10, 160, Sr.) joins Cummings and Hassell in the secondary, starting at safety. The defense will depend on a few underclassmen as they look to fill holes left by graduation. 

“Defensively we want good D-line play and our secondary should be solid,” said coach Gilbreath. 


8-24 – vs. Miami

8-31 – at Hilldale 

9-7 – at Sperry 

9-14 – OPEN 

9-21 – vs. Locust Grove 

9-28 – vs. Inola 

10-5 – at Berryhill 

10-12 – vs. Vinita 

10-18 – at Verdigris 

10-26 – vs. Cascia Hall 

11-2 – at Jay 




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 7-4

2016 – 10-3

2015 – 7-4

2014 – 2-8
2013 – 10-3


The Panther offense will probably have to play catch-up to the defense at the start of the 2018 campaign. After making it to the Class 3A playoffs for the third straight year, Stigler will have to fill a big experience gap this season after losing a talented group of senior athletes. Taking over the quarterbacking chores will be Nate Bryant (6-2, 175, Sr.), a VYPE Top 100 choice, who lost out in a three-way battle for the position last year. Carrying the mail will be a talented but young duo that saw some limited action last year behind Garret Brooks in Mason Peery (5-8, 175, Jr.) and Ridge McClary (5-8, 175, So.). The same holds true in the receiving corps with Jaxon Calhoun (5-11, 170, Jr.) and Lakin Bass (6-1, 170, So.) that were both relatively untested in 2017. Keaton Shaffer (6-2, 260, Jr.) will be the lone holdover in the offensive line.

“We should be more balanced this year,” said coach Chris Risenhoover. “We’ve got a strong group of receivers and a very talented but young running back plus a big athletic quarterback.”


Though the Panthers lost their top three tacklers from last year, they’ll still have a strong nucleus returning that saw significant playing time and, maybe more importantly, will provide vital leadership that is lacking on the offense. The linebacking crew will be led by Bruce Engle (5-9, 180, So.) who is the leading tackler returning with 63 last year. Joining him will be Brock Higgins (6-1, 210, Sr.) and Carson Gray (5-7, 165, Sr.) who had over 100 tackles his sophomore year but was slowed by an ACL injury last season. On the D-line Cole West (6-0, 220 Jr.), a handful to block according to Risenhoover, and Dennis Brown (5-10, 210, Sr.) will be the guys applying pressure to opposing QBs. The secondary starts out light on experience with Bryant being the lone starter back.

The defense will need to carry a lot of the load early while the youngsters on offense come in to their own.

“There will be some new faces on the field that will surprise Stigler fans with their abilities,” promises Risenhoover.


8-31- vs. Hartshorne

9-7- at Sallisaw

9-14- vs. Muldrow

9-21- at Lincoln Christian

9-28- vs. Roland

10-5- at Checotah

10-12- at Seminole

10-18- vs. Idabel

10-26- vs. Okmulgee

11-1- at Webster




Last 5 Years:
2017 – 12-2

2016 – 9-3

2015 – 9-4

2014 – 4-7 

2013 – 5-6


The Bulldogs made a strong run for the gold ball in Class 3A but fell just short as they made it as far the semi-finals in 2017. A senior-heavy group of athletes has graduated leaving Hall of Fame coach Jim Dixon and his staff to start sizing up who the replacements for that group will be. Sulphur is not without firepower on offense as four-year starter and VYPE Top 100 pick Trey Kiser (6-1, 201, Sr.) returns at running back having carried for nearly 2,000 yards last year and 25 touchdowns. Giving offenses another running back to deal with is Tayvius McDonald (5-9, 155, Jr.) who rushed for over 300 yards.

Who will hand the ball to Kiser will be a big question mark for the Bulldogs as they move into fall workouts and summer passing camps. Who ever it is will have some experienced receivers returning in Cole Johnson (6-0, 180, Sr.) and David Powell (5-9, 155, Jr.). Beef in the offensive line will also be an area of some concern as Johnny Cazares (5-8, 195, Sr.) is the lone returning starter there.

“We’re optimistic but have several holes to fill,” said Dixon, now starting his 43rd year as head coach of the Bulldogs where he has won two state championships.


Kiser’s senior leadership will be needed on the defensive side of the ball as well. “A great linebacker” according to Dixon, Kiser is one of six starters back for Sulphur. As with the offense, the big test for the Bulldogs will be finding lineman to team with Cazares to form an iron-wall front four.

Kiser, who had 124 tackles last season at linebacker, will be the main man in that front seven and will have to help groom a couple of running mates in the 4-3 defense. The strong defensive point for Sulphur will be the secondary where Powell, McDonald, Johnson and Mason Lance (5-9, 165, Sr.) are all experienced and should help prevent the long ball big play.

Though they have some question marks to take care of, don’t bet against Dixon and the Bulldogs to continue their long playoff streak.


8-24 – at Cache

8-31 – at Madill

9-7 – vs. Davis

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – at Bethel

9-28 – vs. Purcell

10-5 – at Lone Grove

10-12 – vs. Plainview

10-18 – at Marlow

10-26 – vs. Douglass

11-2 – at Pauls Valley


Verdigris Cardinals  


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 4-6

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 5-6

2014 – 7-4

2013 – 2-8


The Cardinals will operate out of a Spread system this season but don’t think that means they will be airing the ball out 50 times a game. Head coach Travis East said that he wants his team to be balanced offensively able to attack in a variety of ways.

With eight starters returning this season the Cardinals should be a very experienced group and nowhere is that more evident than on the offensive line. Brandon Beasley (6-0, 280, Sr.) leads that group from his spot at guard and will be joined by fellow senior Blake Reynolds (6-3, 255, Sr.) at center. Juniors Kyle Pickens (5-11, 250, Jr.) and Austin Woods (6-6, 250, Jr.) will also be working in the trenches this year with Pickens at guard and Woods at tackle.

On the outside Verdigris is also looking forward to having Toby Willis (5-8, 140, Jr.) and Trey Armstrong (6-1, 165, Jr.) at the wide receiver spots.


Just like on the offensive side of the ball Verdigris feels they have a very strong group of players that will play up front in their 3-4 scheme. Beasley will anchor the line at defensive tackle while Pickens and Woods play the defensive end spots.

At linebacker Hayden Hutchison (5-10, 180, Sr.) is a player that can make plays sideline to sideline and will be counted on to do just that for the Cardinals this year. 

In the secondary Carson Calvert (6-0, 165, So.) will get the nod at safety while Armstrong will work at cornerback.


8-31 – vs. Sperry

9-7 – vs. Victory Christian

9-14 – at Nowata

9-21 – at Cascia Hall

9-28 – at Vinita

10-5 – vs. Jay

10-12 – at Inola

10-18 – vs. Sequoyah Claremore

10-26 – at Locust Grove

11-2 – vs. Berryhill


Vinita Hornets


Last 5 Years:
2017 – 3-7

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 5-5

2014 – 3-7

2013 – 2-8

2012 – 3-7


Six starters return to Vinita’s offensive unit this season led by Mason Babcock (5-11, 175, Sr.) at running back and Lane Enyart (5-10, 165, Sr.) at quarterback.

On the outside Tanner Lambert (6-4, 195, Sr.) and Jayden Goins (6-0, 165, Jr.) will be the team’s top two receiving threats this season. 

Finally, on the offensive line look for Dylan Chapman (6-4, 285, Sr.) and Beau Curry (6-4, 250, Sr.) to be the leading men up front. 

Vinita will feature a triple option attack this year and when they do put the ball in the air fans can expect the Hornets to test opposing defenses down the field. 

“We are a tempo Flexbone offense so we will run the ball quickly at you down your throat then throw the ball deep,” Vinita head coach Matt Suffal said.


On defense Suffal said his team will be a group that blitzes from multiple spots on the field and tries to force teams into throwing the ball downfield against them.

A major part of the reason why Suffal wants to force teams to put the ball in the air is his talented secondary led by cornerbacks Lance Mason (6-0, 165, Jr.) and Devin Allen (5-8, 165, Jr.). Freddy Griffen (6-0, 165, Jr.) will also patrol the back end of the defense this year at his safety spot.

At outside linebacker this year fans should expect to see Aiden Hicks (6-3, 215 Sr.) make plenty of plays while Dylan Campbell (5-11, 175, Jr.) does the same from his inside linebacker spot.

Up front look for defensive end Breenan Stephens (6-1, 195, So.) to be the key cog on the defensive line.


8-31 – vs. Grove

9-7 – at Nowata

9-14 – at Dewey

9-21 – vs. Jay

9-28 – vs. Verdigris

10-5 – at Cascia Hall

10-12 – at Sequoyah Claremore

10-18 – vs. Berryhill

10-26 – at Inola

11-2 – vs. Locust Grove