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Broken Arrow Tigers

Coach: DAVID ALEXANDER

Schedule:

8-24 – vs. Union 

8-31 – vs. Mansfield, TX 

9-7 – at Owasso 

9-14 – OPEN 

9-21 – vs. Jenks 

9-28 – at Norman 

10-5 – vs. Westmoore 

10-12 – at Edmond Santa Fe 

10-18 – at Yukon 

Quick Hits:

The Tigers week two test against Mansfield, TX will be a challenge. Mansfield is coming off a 3rd round appearance in the 6A-Division II playoffs and an 11-2 record. 

Running back Noah Cortes ran for two touchdowns in six different games. His best effort came against Norman North in the first round of the playoffs, rushing for 302 yards on 41 carries in a 31-28 win.  

Broken Arrow dropped two more contests to Union in 2017. That extends the Redskins winning streak to 14 in the series and 36 of the last 37.

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 7-5 

2016 – 6-5

2015 – 11-2 

2014 – 7-4 

2013 – 10-3

OFFENSE 

Tiger Nation has a lot to be excited about this season. With nine returning starters on the offensive side of the ball and an extremely productive spring, the Tigers are poised for a great season. Head coach David Alexander has taken his alma-mater to the title game, the next step is to finally bring that gold ball home. 

The offense will look to have a good 50/50 mix of run and pass with running back Noah Cortes (6-0, 210, Sr.) leading the attack on the ground. Cortes rushed for 1,617 yards and 13 touchdowns a year ago. His work ethic and desire to succeed pushed him to do great things. Kejuan Tolbert (5-8, 192, Jr.) has game breaking speed and excellent vision. Last season Tolbert accounted for 717 yards on 87 carries. Look for Matt Kaiser (6-3, 182, Sr.) in the passing game. Kaiser can make those clutch receptions and is one of the best downfield blocking receivers in the state. The offensive line is anchored by DI prospect Andrew Raym (6-4, 305, Jr.). Raym will lead the offensive line again this season and will help younger linemen stepping into starting roles. Trevon Kleint (5-10, 178, Sr.) and Aaron Stokes (5-7, 170, Sr.) are quick receivers with good hands. The top priority is getting the quarterback situation figured out as they head into practice come August. 

DEFENSE 

One of the top linebackers in the state, Zach Marcheselli (6-1, 215, Sr.) returns for his final campaign as a Tiger. Marcheselli grabbed 101 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and forced a fumble which was returned for a touchdown last year. Up front the defense will feature DeMeco Roland (6-3, 290, Sr.) at tackle and Kaizer Newell (6-1, 245, Sr.) at end. Roland is a beast inside bagging five sacks last year with 42 tackles. Newell will see increased production this season as teams will focus on stopping Roland. A pair of hard-hitting safeties shore up the back end. Myles Slusher (5-11, 180, Jr.) and Bryce Mattioda (5-11, 184, Jr.) will start at free and strong respectively. Slusher had 16 pass break-ups last year and Mattioda added 50 tackles and a pick. Stokes will go both ways playing corner for the defense. Look for the Tigers to stay in the 4-3 this season. 

The coaching staff includes Jay Wilkinson, Travis Hill, Rowdy Harper, Billy Gates, Darnell Whitaker, Dwayne Whitaker and Brandon Waggoner. 

 

Edmond Memorial Bulldogs

Coach: LUKE ORVIS

Schedule:

8-31 – at Stillwater

9-6 – at Edmond North

9-14 – at Deer Creek

9-20 – vs. Edmond Santa Fe

9-27 – at Westmoore

10-5 – vs. Norman 

10-12 – at Jenks

10-18 – vs. Enid

10-25 – vs. Broken Arrow

11-2 – vs. Yukon

Quick Hits:

Running back Nate Williams got the season started off right with 117 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 28-7 victory at Ponca City. 

Head coach Luke Orvis is a throw back to the classic Bulldogs days. Orvis was a member of the 1992 state semi-finals and 1993 state finals runners up teams. Orvis graduated in 1995 and spent 11 seasons as a Memorial assistant before taking the head coaching position in Arvada, Colorado. 

Stillwater remains on the schedule in the non-district. The Bulldogs have dropped three straight in the series and last beat the Pioneers in 2010.  

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 2-7

2016 – 5-5 

2015 – 4-6 

2014 – 5-6 

2013 – 7-4 

OFFENSE 

After a below average season the Bulldogs players will have a new head coach to take orders from, Luke Orvis. The team will also still be familiar with this new head coach because he has been on the staff as an assistant for 11 years before taking over. “I am thankful to have such an awesome staff of coaches that share the same vision of returning the Edmond Bulldogs football program to the high standard we set for ourselves,” said Orvis. “We are committed to the process of improving daily with great enthusiasm. I am truly excited for the journey that lies ahead.” On offense the Bulldogs will be returning four of last year’ starters. The three running backs on the team this season will be Nate Williams (5-10, 180, Jr.), Mason Williams, (5-9, 205, Jr) and Peter Rolle (5-7, 155, Sr.), who will also get some time out wide at wide receiver. Joining Rolle as another wide receiver will be Cole Emmons (5-10, 170, Sr.). Two players that will be playing on the offensive line will be Charlie Suenram (6-2, 270, Sr.) and tight end Zach Appiah (6-0, 200, Sr.) that will give the team another guy to throw to on the offensive side of the ball. 

DEFENSE

On defense the Bulldogs will be returning five defensive starters. On the line for Edmond Memorial in their 4-2-5 formation will be Suenram and Mason Roberts (6-3, 245, Sr.). Some secondary players will be Christian Brown (5-10, 155, Sr.) and Dakari Charlton (5-10, 155, Sr.). Playing linebacker for the Bulldogs will be Sam Taylor (6-0, 180, Jr.) and Seth Osborn (5-11, 175, Sr.). The assistant coaches for Edmond Memorial this year will be Scott MacDonald, Clay Sizemore, Chris Malone Ryan McCaul, Conner Myers and Mkwai Williams.

 

Edmond North Huskies

Coach:  TANNER ROOF 

Schedule:

8-24 – at Yukon

8-31 – vs. Edmond Santa Fe

9-6 – vs. Edmond Memorial

9-21 – vs. PC North

9-28 – at Owasso

10-5 – vs. Moore

10-12 – at Mustang

10-19 – at Southmoore

10-26 – vs. Norman North

11-2 – at Union

Quick Hits:

Yukon hops back on the schedule for the first time since 2013. The Huskies have won five straight in the series last losing to the Millers in 2008. 

Edmond North enters 2018 on a skid of four consecutive losing seasons. The Huskies began playing in 1994 and have never suffered through five losing seasons in a row. 

The Huskies defeated Moore 45-36 on October 19th. That was the most points scored in a single game since a 49-13 win over Moore in 2013. 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 3-7 

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 4-6 

2014 – 3-7 

2013 – 7-5 

OFFENSE

The two-back spread offense of the Huskies has the coaching staff excited about the return of Blake Minnick (5-8, 225, Sr.) from injury as the senior running back will be toting the rock once again. Quarterback Colby Entwistle (6-1, 170, Jr.) was solid in his very limited playing time last season going 2-of-3 for 77 yards and a touchdown. Entwistle will look towards Jack Cheap (6-4, 190, Jr.) who pulled in 20 receptions averaging eight yards per reception for two touchdowns. Cole Karbs (6-0, 170, Sr.) should be a solid option in the passing game. It will all start along the offensive line as Olen Learned (6-5, 250, Jr.) and John Valentine (6-5, 215, Sr.) will look to help the Huskies offense control the line of scrimmage and thus the tempo the of game. “We will rely on a balanced attack and believe our multiple formations will control the tempo of the game,” said coach Tanner Roof, the first year head coach who served as offensive coordinator for Edmond Memorial last season. The Huskies will face Roof’s former squad on September 6. 

DEFENSE

Operating out of the 4-2-5 defense the Huskies will lean heavily upon the experienced linebackers and defensive backfield this season. Cade Prosak (6-0, 205, Sr.) is back after a 71 tackle junior season that also saw him tally one sack. Prosak will be joined in the linebacking corps by Jake McCoy (6-2, 210, Sr.) and his 32 tackles from last year. The secondary returns free safety Chris Jagosh (6-0, 180, Sr.), who totaled 59 tackles and one interception in ’17, and Russell Dilks (5-7, 170, Sr.) at strong safety after a 50 tackle and one interception junior campaign. The defense will be disciplined and aggressive this season if coach Roof’s plan is executed.  “We have a group of players that are extremely hard working and have a selfless attitude. We had a great spring and showed a lot of improvement throughout spring camp. We are all excited about this upcoming season,” Roof said. 

 

Edmond Santa Fe Wolves

Coach: Kyle White

Schedule:

8-31 – at Edmond North 

9-7 – vs. Mustang

9-14 – vs. Norman North 

9-20 – at Edmond Memorial 

9-28 – vs. Yukon 

10-5 – at Enid 

10-12 – vs. Broken Arrow 

10-18 – at Westmoore 

10-26 – vs. Jenks

11-2 – at Norman 

Quick Hits:

Including Deer Creek, Santa Fe has now won eight consecutive games against Edmond Schools and the last three Edlam championships. Santa Fe is the only school to win four straight Edlam championships doing so from ’05-’08

Quarterback Kanan Hansen enjoyed a big night against Memorial, connecting on 14 of 22 passes for 272 yards and all five Wolves touchdowns in a 34-10 victory. 

Sante Fe mustered only a field goal in a first round playoff contest at Union. The Wolves have not been shut out since a season opening 3-0 loss to Midwest City in 2013. 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 5-6

2016 – 8-3
2015 – 7-5 

2014 – 5-5 

2013 – 6-5 

OFFENSE

As the saying goes third time’s a charm and head coach Kyle White probably hopes that saying holds true as he gets ready for his third year with the program. The Wolves are returning seven offensive starters with quarterback Kanan Hansen (6-3, 165, Sr.) leading his team for another season of action. Hansen in his junior season completed 138 passes for 1524 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Having a 55% completion rate and adding five interceptions to the mix, Hansen will have to work on his accuracy and ability to not force a play for his team and himself to have a better 2018 season. The hard-working players for the Wolves will be offensive linemen Rey Burnett (6-5, 310, Sr.), Trae Anderson (6-3, 280, Sr.) and Evan Maples (6-4, 260, Jr.). if the linemen can play their cards right, they will give this team a lot of time to execute plays in the air and on the ground having one of the biggest lines in the state. Catching the ball from Hansen will be wide receivers Braden Reichert (6-0, 170, Sr.) and Jake Woods (5-8, 180, Sr.). The two will have to step up this season getting more playing time and opportunities for receptions with losing a few players of last year’s team at the wide receiver position.  Last season they combined for 172 yards receiving with Jack Woods scoring one touchdowns amongst the two of them. 

DEFENSE 

The defense this years will be returning six of last season offensive starts with safety Kamron Love (6-1, 160, Sr.) being one of the few coming back. Love had a total of 46 tackles last season with two of those resulting in a loss of yards. He also can get to the ball in the air, recording four interceptions for his team in 2017. The stealthy defensive line in the Wolves 4-2-5 defensive formation will consist of defensive ends Trace Ford (6-3, 230, Sr.) and Michael Pope (6-3, 220, Sr). Both getting playing time last season, Ford tackled the other team 46 times with one tackle for a loss and Pope recorded 38 tackles while also getting one tackle for a loss. Another player on the line will be defensive lineman Terrance Hill (6-2, 230, Sr.), who didn’t seem to get the most playing time last season but during his efforts got 15 tackles for his team with one sack. A linebacker that the team will be looking for defensive production this season will be Junious Gaston, who last season got 25 tackles for his team and two tackles for loss. The assistant staff this season will be Chris Rose, Mike Coats, Wes Crossmen, Caden MacNeil, Todd Bonnewell, Lance Tignor, Roger Pieffer, Joe Peeler and Damon Turner. 

 

Enid Plainsmen

Coach: STEVE HAYES

Schedule:

8-24 – vs. Guthrie

8-31 – at Ponca City

9-14 – vs. McGuinness 

9-21 – vs. Westmoore

9-28 – at Jenks

10-5 – vs. Edmond Santa Fe

10-12 – at Norman

10-18 – at Edmond Santa Fe

10-26 – vs. Yukon

11-1 – at Broken Arrow

Quick Hits:

The Plainsmen will meet Westmoore for the first time since 1993. Enid won that matchup 7-3 and is a perfect 2-0 all time vs. the Jaguars.

Quarterback Mason Skrimager shined in a loss to Stillwater, completing 18 of 25 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Skrimager also added 53 yards on the ground and two more scores.

Enid will not meet Stillwater for the first time in 24 years with the bump up to Class 6A-Division I. The Pioneers have taken the last five consecutive meetings. 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 3-7 

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 3-7 

2014 – 4-6 

2013 – 3-7

OFFENSE

Coming off a 3-7 season a year ago Enid and head coach Steve Hayes are excited for what the Plainsmen could have in store this year. Offensively the Plainsmen should feature a strong running game according to Hayes with three of their top running backs returning behind a veteran offensive line who returns four members. 

Will Phillips (6-0, 210, Sr.) should be Enid’s go to running back this season. Phillips is holding on for one more year after being injured in the first game last season finishing with just six carries and 85 yards. Titan Stephens (6-1, 215, Jr.) could also get time in the backfield this year but could also potentially see time at both receiver and quarterback. As a sophomore Stephens caught 25 passes for 210 yards and had six carries for 60 yards. Also getting some carries this season will be Telin Phillips (5-10, 195, Jr.) who had 78 carries for 439 yards and five touchdowns in his sophomore campaign.

Other key contributors on the offensive side of the ball this year will be Colton Dodd (6-2, 290, Sr.) who will be a four-year starter on the offensive line and receiver Damien Rileman (5-11, 175, Jr.) who hauled in seven receptions as a sophomore for 133 yards.

DEFENSE

While the Plainsmen return eight starters on offense they will be much more youthful on defense with just three starters returning. 

“Our defense is young, but they had a very good spring,” Coach Hayes said. 

The inexperienced Enid defense will have a valued pillar in the middle of the field to lean on however in the form of linebacker Hayden Priest (5-10, 185, Sr.). Priest racked up 99 tackles last season and also had nine tackles for loss and an interception to his credit. 

In a district that will feature perennial powerhouses like Broken Arrow and Jenks along with other strong teams like Westmoore, Yukon and Edmond Santa Fe the Plainsmen defense is sure to get tested early and often. If they stand up to that test then look for Enid to surprise a lot of people and contend for a playoff spot this year.

 

Jenks Trojans

Coach: KEITH RIGGS 

Schedule:

8-24 – at Bixby

8-31 – vs. Mansfield, TX-Legacy

9-7 – vs. Union

9-14 – Open date

9-21 – at Broken Arrow

9-28 – vs. Enid

10-5 – at Yukon

10-12 – vs. Edmond Memorial

10-19 – vs. Norman

10-26 – at Santa Fe

11-1 – at Westmoore

Quick Hits:

Quarterback Ian Corwin calmly led Jenks from a first quarter deficit against Moore in the playoffs, completing 15-23 passing for 268 yards and four touchdowns.

The Trojans rallied to win yet another district championship after an 0-4 start. But the total of five losses in 2017 was the most in a season since 1988.

Jenks was shutout twice in 2017 including a semifinals loss to Owasso. The Trojans last shutout defeat ocurred at Springdale, Arkansas in 2005.  

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 7-4 

2016 – 11-1 

2015 – 12-1

2014 – 11-2 

2013 – 14-0 

OFFENSE 

A new era has begun at Jenks High School as Keith Riggs takes over the program after Hall of Fame head coach Allan Trimble retired. One of the first orders of business for coach Riggs was to replace coaching vacancies on the staff. Greg Calabrese takes over as OC, while a few old faces and some new complete the staff. Justin Glenn, Mike Gaines, Trent Taber, Tramaine Thompson, Dan Nickles, Josh Elmer, Landon Isham, Tyler McGrew and Murphy Braden complete the 2018 Jenks Trojans coaching staff. 

Quarterback Ian Corwin (6-0, 183, Sr.) returns to lead the offense after throwing for 3,082 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. Corwin completed 199 passes and rushed for 267 yards on 96 carries. The offensive line features DI prospect Brady Latham (6-5, 278, Sr.) and Hunter Hoyt (6-1, 273, Sr.) who brings experience to the field for the Trojans. Braden Phipps (5-10, 170, Sr.) caught 21 balls for 466 yards and five touchdowns last season from his wide out spot. A pair of running backs will offer a nice one-two punch for Jenks. Noah Hernandez (5-9, 194, Sr.) and Dreyson Watters (6-0, 188, Sr.) are two solid runners. Hernandez was named to the VYPE Top 100 with Corwin, Latham and defensive specialist Earnest Grayson (6-2, 222, Sr.). Leondre Woods (6-1, 185, Sr.) could see more time at wide receiver and play in the defensive secondary. Also look for Tristan Quillen (5-9, 168, Sr.) to carry the ball and contribute in the running game. 

DEFENSE 

Grayson is a big reason the defensive coaches are excited to get this season underway. The big man had 54 tackles, five sacks and a pick a year ago. Dylan O’Keefe (6-2, 217, Sr.) joins Grayson at linebacker and the pair make a formidable twosome. The secondary has matured and could be the strength of the defense. Phipps will start in the secondary with Will Cox (5-10, 186, Jr.) and Landis Morris (5-10, 185, Sr.) who recorded 43 tackles and one interception. Another defensive back looking to make a major impact this season is Brandon Pitcock (6-1, 187, Sr.). 

Coach Riggs served as defensive coordinator for several seasons. Not much will change on the defensive side of the ball for the Trojans. Also look for Trevion Sier (6-1, 325, Sr.) in the middle of the defensive line. Sier has good technique inside and is tough to block. Blake Isham (6-4, 218, Sr.) is another defensive lineman the coaching staff is excited to see in a larger role this season. Isham is technically sound and can play the edge. Look for Bo Estes (6-2, 195, Jr.) Matthew Minnix (6-2, 205, Sr.) and Jared Galli (6-2, 220, Sr.) to see time at linebacker. Other players to watch this season include Jacob Shelley (6-0, 200, Sr.), Jackson Lilly (6-0, 180, Sr.), Matt Ackerly (6-2, 180, Jr.), Carter Brestovansky (6-2, 255, Sr.) and Kaleb Peters (6-1, 175, Sr.). 

 

Moore Lions

Coach: BRAD HILL

Schedule:

8-24 – vs. Open date 

8-31 – vs. Westmoore 

9-7 – at Yukon

9-14 – vs. Norman 

9-21 – at Southmoore 

9-28 – vs. Norman North 

10-5 – at Edmond North 

10-11 – vs. Union 

10-18 – at Putnam City North 

10-26 – vs. Owasso 

11-2 – at Mustang 

Quick Hits:

Quarterback Daniel Hishaw Jr rushed for 250 yards on only 23 carries and all five touchdowns in a 35-27 win over Norman.  

The Lions ventured into the post-season for the first time in 12 years. Their nine wins the past two seasons was the best two-year combined total since 2004-2005. 

The Lions ended a 17 game losing streak to fellow Moore Public Schools competition with a 17-14 conquest of Southmoore on September 22nd.  

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 4-7

2016 – 5-5 

2015 – 1-9 

2014 – 0-10 

2013 – 1-9 

OFFENSE 

The excitement around the Moore football program is still there, thanks in part to head coach Brad Hill and returning starter Daniel Hishaw (6-0, 205, Jr.). Hishaw, a VYPE Top 100 player for the second year, starts at quarterback where his athleticism and ability to makes plays sets him apart from his peers. Hishaw is a 2,000-yard guy and is expected to have another great season. Drew Johnson (6-1, 195, Sr.) is an electric wide receiver for Moore. Johnson has the size and the talent to dominate the opposing team’s secondary. Running backs Tony Fogle (5-9, 185, Sr.) and Jayce Gardner (5-10, 200, Jr.) look to move the chains on the ground. Both backs are quick and possess excellent vision. Alex Baxter (6-2, 225, Jr.) is a hybrid type player that can hurt a defense on the ground or in the air. The tight end/H-back can also block. Cameron Allen (5-10, 180, Sr.) has the versatility to play multiple positions giving the offensive coordinator options with the offense at quarterback. 

DEFENSE 

“Defensively we return eight starters from last year’s quarterfinal team including Dylan Buchheit returns as the leading tackler,” said coach Hill. Buchheit (6-0, 190, Sr.) returns to lead the Lions on defense from his free safety spot in the 3-4 scheme coach Hill is going to run this season. Marcus Morris (6-3, 205, Jr.) is a heavy-hitter at middle linebacker and a player that the coaching staff feels can be a difference maker this season. Evan Biederman (6-0, 170, Jr.) will start at corner in the secondary with strong safety Jaiden West (5-11, 195, Jr.). The secondary looks to be one of the strengths for the Lions this season. Biederman had five interceptions last season. Frank Morales (5-10, 215, Jr.) and DeAdrian Jacobs (6-1, 305, Jr.) are two defensive linemen for the Lions. Morales will start at tackle with Jacobs playing the nose. Both guys can get after it and love the physical play inside. Also look for Kole Karn on the D-line as one of the guys tagged to lead this defense. Rocco Mayes is a player that coach Hill expects to be a, “force on both sides of the ball.” The coaching staff consists of Jerry Broadbent, Glenn Perrett, Lonny Nolen, Kevin Starr, Denny Woosley, Rod Richardson, Darryl Wilkins and Mike Swart. 

 

MUSTANG BRONCOS 

Coach: JEREMY DOMBEK 

Schedule:

8-24 – Open date

8-31 – at Yukon

9-7 – at Santa Fe

9-14 – Westmoore

9-21 – at Norman North

9-28 – Union

10-5 – at Southmoore

10-12 – Edmond North

10-18 – at Owasso

10-26 – Putnam North

11-2 – Moore

Quick Hits:

Mustang and Westmoore will meet for the first time since 2011 on September 14th. The Jaguars hold a 12-5 advantage all-time in the series. 

The Broncos are coming off an uncharacteristic .500 season, Mustang has suffered only two losing seasons since 2001. 

Mustang enters 2018 with four consecutive wins against Yukon. The last time the Millers had a streak of four wins in a row in the series was from 1995-1998. Mustang ended that streak in the first round of the ’98 playoffs. .

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 5-5

2016 – 8-4

2015 – 7-4

2014 – 8-4 

2013 – 7-5

OFFENSE 

After a bumpy 2017 campaign, the Broncos of Mustang have regrouped and head coach Jeremy Dombek is ready to get the program back to their winning ways.

“Five and five and missing the playoffs is not what we have been accustomed to here,” said coach Dombek. “Time to get back on track!” 

The offensive unit will feature several guys capable of making big plays, but their inexperience at the varsity level is a point of concern. However, coach Dombek is confident these guys can get it done. Dawson McKinney (5-11, 175, Sr.) did see some action last year catching 11 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. McKinney is expected to be one of the leaders for the offense this season. Running back Chaz Meadows (5-7, 165, Sr.) also saw action in 2017 rushing for 134 yards on 24 carries. His increased production will help this offense get out of the blocks. The offensive line may be the strength of the team this season. 

“We feel we have some weapons on offense, but the offensive line will be a strong point,” said Dombek. 

Anthony Elrod (6-4, 290, Sr.) and Kantrell Webb (6-3, 255, Sr.) bring size and excellent technique to the dance. Look for a few younger linemen to step up this season as Elrod and Webb lead a group of hungry offensive linemen into battle. 

Newly hired assistant coach Aso Pogi takes over as offensive coordinator. 

DEFENSE 

With nine returning starters to the defensive side of the ball, expectations are high for the Broncos defensive unit. 

“We have high expectations on the defensive side of the ball,” said Dombek. “We started a lot of young kids who are more mature physically and mentally going into this season.” 

Senior defensive back Dominik Venegas (6-2, 170) accounted for 35 tackles and three interceptions a year ago and his return to the defense gives the coaching staff confidence when they need to match-up one on one. As will the return of Liam Krivanek (6-1, 190, Jr.). Last year Krivanek recorded 82 tackles in only seven games. Look for this heavy hitting defensive back to make a big impact this season. Kahri Brown (5-10, 165, Jr.) joins Krivanek and Venegas in the backfield where he recorded 44 tackles and a pick in 2017 as a sophomore. The defensive line features Justin Wardlaw (6-4, 290, Sr.) in the middle. The big man had 60 tackles with a sack as a junior. Outside linebackers Brayden Jarman (5-9, 170, Jr.) and Blain Helling (5-10, 175, Sr.) are as productive a pair as you can hope for at linebacker. Jarman had 37 tackles and a sack last season, while Helling grabbed 84 tackles with three sacks. Both guys will see a lot of action in the 3-4 scheme Mustang will run this season. 

 

NORMAN TIGERS 

Coach: ROCKY MARTIN  

Schedule:

8-30 – at Norman North (OU)

9-7 – vs. Deer Creek 

9-14 – at Moore 

9-21 – at Yukon 

9-28 – vs. Broken Arrow 

10-4 – at Edmond Memorial 

10-12 – vs. Enid 

10-19 – at Jenks 

10-26 – vs. Westmoore 

11-2 – vs. Edmond Santa Fe 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 1-9 

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 1-9 

2 014 – 2-8 

2013 – 5-5

Quick Hits:

Cade Horton put quite a scare into Norman North in the Crosstown Clash. Horton threw for 342 yards and four scores with another 82 rushing and a touchdown. The Tigers came up just short losing 49-43 to their arch-rival. 

The Tigers allowed a Class 6A-Division I worst 47.3 points per game in 2017. Norman did finish the season with its best two defensive efforts, including a 28-14 win over Ponca City in week 9. 

Deer Creek returns to the schedule after a two-year absence. The teams split the only other meetings in history with the Antlers winning 31-22 in 2015 and the Tigers 14-7 in 2014. .

OFFENSE

Head coach Rocky Martin feels the team is headed in the right direction. Another year of experience for several of his returning starters could translate into more wins for the Tigers. 

“I felt we took steps in the right direction last season. We have some players with a year of experience at key positions returning. The kids have had a good offseason and are looking forward to the season,” said coach Martin. 

One of the eight returning starters to the team on offense is quarterback Cade Horton (6-2, 180, Jr.). Horton averaged 200 yards passing per game last season with 11 touchdowns. Four of those touchdowns went to wide out Andrew Young (6-1, 170, Jr.). A big target, Young accounted for over 500 yards of offense last season. Harvey Cooper (5-10, 155, Sr.) is another receiver to keep an eye on this year. Cooper has excellent speed and can get open. The offensive line is anchored by a pair of seniors and a junior at tackle. Yemi Oyesanya (6-0, 240, Sr.) will start at guard with Robert Kowaleski (6-2, 230, Sr.) at center. Ben Sparks (6-3, 270, Jr.) will play tackle giving the Tigers three solid players up front. Offensive coordinator Mike Collins will base the offense out of the spread. 

DEFENSE

A trio of linebackers will grace the field for the Tigers giving them three run stoppers and guys that cover if called upon. Cole Thompson (6-1, 205, Jr.) leads the way with Tyren Robb (5-10, 200, Jr.) coming off a nice season a year ago when he recorded 90 tackles, one interception, one sack and forced a fumble. Sam Wishon (6-2, 190, Sr.) is a big, hard-hitting prospect in the middle. Gunnar Luna (5-11, 160, Sr.) will start at defensive back where his closing ability and speed will come into play. Up front look for nose guard Wyatt Gagnon (6-1, 260, Sr.) and end Tevin Randle (6-1, 195, Sr.). Both players can pressure the quarterback and cause problems in the backfield of their opponents. 

“Defensively we will be an aggressive defense that will be sound in our techniques and fundamentals,” said coach Martin. Other coaches on the staff includes BW Trenary, John Baldwin, Larry Mormon, Levont’e Douglas, Brent Hartsock, Alex Knox, Dylan Cox and Chase Frazier. 

 

NORMAN North Timberwolves 

Coach: JUSTIN JONES   

Schedule:

8-30 – vs. Norman (OU)

9-6 – vs. Stillwater 

9-14 – at Edmond Santa Fe 

9-21 – vs. Mustang 

9-28 – at Moore

10-4 – vs. Owasso 

10-11 – vs. PC North

10-19 – vs. Union 

10-26 – at Edmond North 

11-2 – at Southmoore 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 7-4 

2016 – 12-1

2015 – 7-4 

2014 – 5-5

2013 – 7-4 

Quick Hits:

Running back Blaine Martin has transferred in from Jones, where he rushed for five touchdowns against Chandler in the Longhorns first round playoff win. 

The Timberwolves will face Stillwater on the gridiron for the first time in history on September 6th. 

Norman North has posted prodigious offensive numbers in recent history. The Timberwolves have scored at least 20 points in 67 consecutive games, dating back to a 29-16 loss to Westmoore in 2012.  

OFFENSE

Justin Jones takes over the Norman North football program after a 7-4 season under former head coach Brent Barnes. Jones is excited to implement his system and get things kicked off. 

“I am excited about this upcoming season. Our guys have done a phenomenal job of transitioning into a new program. We have a great mix of players and staff and I expect us to play well this year,” said Jones. “Our goal is to put a great product on the field each week that competes at the highest level.” 

The spread offense is the name of the game in Class 6AI and Norman North is no different. Quarterback Jacob Switzer (6-3, 175, Jr.) has matured into a nice player for the Timberwolves. He has a plethora of weapons like running backs Jordan Ford (6-2, 230, Jr.), Blaine Martin (5-9, 175, Jr.) and Gabe Trevillison (5-10, 180, So.). The passing game is no different. Malachi Gatewood (6-2, 170, Jr.) is a dynamic receiver with big play capabilities. Cole Mashburn (6-3, 240, Sr.) is a nightmare match-up for any defender from his Y-back spot and Jake Roberts (6-3, 225, Jr.) brings size and a good skill set to the tight end position. The offensive line is anchored by Javion Combs (6-4, 330, Sr.) who will start at left tackle. Coach Jones wants to keep the offensive attack a balanced one with his running backs seeing plenty of action. 

DEFENSE 

Mashburn will go both ways for the Timberwolves, starting at defensive end/outside linebacker for defensive coordinator Ty Gower. Gower will also coach the secondary which features players like Dionate Newson (5-9, 160, Sr.) at corner and a pair of experienced safeties in Wade Hennessey (5-10, 175, Sr.) and Dalton Smith (5-10, 175, Sr.). In the 3-4 scheme the Timberwolves have four heavy thumpers at linebacker. Blake Burns (5-9, 210, Sr.), Jake Landers (5-10, 210, Jr.), Kelton Dominic (5-11, 215, Sr.) and Weston Peck (5-11, 200, Sr.). These boys can get after it and cause problems for opposing offenses all game long. Look for Brooks Smith (5-11, 230, Sr.) in the trenches for the defense. Smith is quick off the ball and utilizes excellent technique when dealing with would-be blockers. Coach Jones expects his defense to play an aggressive style and give opposing offenses different looks before the snap. The coaching staff this season will include Billy Schuster (OC), Josh Allen (Passing Game/QB), Cameron Bennett (Strength/OL), Charles Redman (RB), David Richardson (WR), Jeremy Walker (Assistant HC/LB), Matt Truelove (OLB), and Josh Owen (DL).

 

Owasso Rams 

Coach: BILL BLANKENSHIP  

Schedule:

8-24 – vs. Bentonville West

8-31 – at Fayetteville

9-7 – vs. Broken Arrow

9-21 – at Union

9-28 – vs. Edmond North

10-4 – at Norman North

10-12 – vs. Southmoore

10-18 – vs. Mustang

10-26 – at Moore

11-2 – at Putnam City North

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 12-1 

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 4-5 

2014 – 10-2 

2013 – 5-6

Quick Hits:

Quarterback Will Kuehne’s debut at Owasso was a special one. Kuehne was 18 of 26 passing for 294 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-10 win over Jenks.  

Coach Bill Blankenship will take the Rams to face his former team in Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 31st. The Purple Dogs finished 7-5 and bowed out in the Class 7A quarterfinals after Blankenship had led them to the 2016 state championship. 

Owasso has had five double-digit winning seasons dating back to 1957. The 2017 win total of 12 is the best in school history, eclipsing the mark of 11-1 in 1986.  

OFFENSE

The defending Class 6A-I State Champion Rams understand the expectations for the upcoming season after becoming the first team since 1995 not named Jenks or Union to claim the title in the highest classification. Owasso will benefit from the return of starting quarterback Will Kuehne (6-1, 195, Sr.). In his first season in a Cardinal and White uniform, Kuehne completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,788 yards, 24 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The senior quarterback must be respected on the ground as well after averaging 3.9 yards per carry on 75 carries last season. He’ll have the benefit of tight end Mario Kirby (6-2, 225, Jr.) back as a starter. Kirby averaged 10.2 yards per reception on 11 receptions last season. The return of kicker Christian Johnson (5-11, 175, Sr.), punter Alex Haight (5-9, 155, Sr.), and Kirby as the deep snapper is something that could prove important as many games come down to special teams play. Looking to replace 1,500 yard rusher Bryce Cabrera will be a tough task but the coaching staff is excited of the prospects of Isaiah Jacobs (5-10, 200, Jr.) who in five games as a sophomore averaged 6.5 yards per carry and 13.8 yards per reception. Jacobs is the younger brother of former McLain and current Alabama running back Josh Jacobs. With Kuehne’s top five receivers from last season graduated the Rams will turn to Grant Vanlandingham (6-2, 195, Sr.), Trey Goins (6-3, 185, So.) and Chantz Lucas (5-9, 150, So.). Keep an eye on Tyler Dillingham (6-2, 270, Sr.), Luis Boyzo (6-2, 285, Sr.) and Jackson Kourtis (6-1, 270, Sr.) along the offensive line. 

DEFENSE

Under defensive coordinator Bobby Klinck the Rams defense returns six starters from a squad that held opponents to 17.4 points per game. One-half of the defensive backfield returns with Dawson Adams (5-10, 170, Jr.) at safety and Deuce Mayberry (6-0, 170, Jr.), younger brother of former Booker T. and current Kansas corner Kyle, at cornerback. Mayberry has already received a couple of Division I offers and invitations to prospect camps like Under Armour All-America Camp Series, Rivals 3 Stripe Camp, The Opening Regionals, and Deion Sanders’ 2018 Prime 21 Camp. At linebacker Caymon Severs (6-2, 210, Sr.) and KeJuan Hay (6-1, 200, Sr.) return while the defensive line will rely upon returning starters Hilton Moseby (6-2, 250, Sr.) and Aiden Odell (6-0, 245, Sr.). Hayden Grant (6-3, 220, Jr.) is a player to watch at defensive end while Emaud Triplett (5-11, 200, So.) and Omarr Barker (5-9, 160, Jr.) are two to keep an eye on in the defensive backfield.

 

PUTNAM CITY NORTH PANTHERS  

Coach: RYAN LAVERTY   

Schedule:

8-30 – Putnam City

9-7 – vs. PC West

9-13 – vs. Choctaw

9-13 – at Edmond North

9-28 – vs. Southmoore 

10-5 – at Union

10-11 – at Norman North 

10-18 – vs. Moore 

10-26 – at Mustang 

11-2 – vs. Owasso 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 3-7

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 2-8 

2014 – 4-6 

2013 – 4-6

Quick Hits:

Putnam North’s 48 points against Southmoore on November 3rd was the most points scored for the Panthers in a game dating back to 2013 when they hit U.S. Grant for 50. 

The Panthers ended a five game losing streak to Edmond North with a 41-38 October 13th win. Putnam North last defeated Edmond North in 2007. 

Quarterback Aaron Norment broke Sam Bradford’s school record in that win over Edmond North. Norment rushed for 82 yards and a score while throwing for 315 and two touchdowns. He also hauled in a two-point conversion pass.  

OFFENSE 

Being one of the tougher division Class 6A-I, there will be a lot of factors that go in to the success of the Panthers this season. Putnam City North has the difficult challenge of having to play two of the biggest 6A power houses in Oklahoma football in Union and Owasso. That all being said things are looking up for the team returning seven of last years offensive starters. Running the offense at quarterback will be Aaron Norment (5-10, 190, Jr). The three wide receivers Norment will be completing passes to this season will be Antajuan Brown (6-2, 180, Sr.), Jamal Jeffers (5-10, 175, Sr.) and Angelo Bell (6-2, 190, Jr.). Protecting Norment from not getting sacked this season will be offensive linemen Brandon Deer (6-2, 295, Sr.) and offensive linemen Maliq McDonald (6-0, 245, Jr.). Offensive coordinator for the Panthers will be Derek Lane, who will also be helping coach quarterbacks. Some other offensive coaches will be wide receiver coach Collin Bricker, running back coach Dantae Mitchell, offensive line coach Justin Jackson and coaching the tight ends Brian Lockhart. 

DEFENSE

Just like on offense the defense seems will begin where they left off last season, returning nine of last year’s defensive starters. The team will be stacked with linebackers in their 3-5-3 defensive formation. Some of those linebackers will be Will Taylor (6-3, 240, Sr.), Zach Dortch (6-2, 195, Jr.), Kris Barnes (6-0, 190, Sr.) and Gavin Duverger (5-10, 175, So.). Coaching the linebackers for the team this year will be Isaiah Thompson. A strong player to look out for on the defensive line for the Panthers will be noseguard Juan Macedo (6-0, 250, Sr.). Coaching Macedo and the rest of the defensive line is David Raupe. An excellent player in the secondary will be free safety DK Stevenson (5-10, 165, Sr.). Coaching defensive backs for the team will be Jamie Thompson. Defensive coordinator and assistant coach for the Panthers is Jason Esau. Head coach will be Dan Allen, this season will mark his ninth year with the program. Another coach that has gone nine years with the program is assistant coach Landry Franks. “Aaron Norment will lead a very athletic offense with several big-time playermakers,” said Coach Laverty. “Defensively we have D1 prospects Will Taylor and nose guard Juan Macedo, who will anchor an aggressive defense looking to prove themselves in 6A D1.”

 

Southmoore Sabercats  

Coach: JEREMY STARK   

Schedule:

8-30 – vs. Deer Creek

9-7 – at Westmoore

9-14 – at Stillwater

9-21 – vs. Moore

9-28 – at PC North

10-5 – vs. Mustang

10-12 – at Owasso

10-19 – vs. Edmond North

10-26 – at Union

11-2 – vs. Norman North

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 0-10 

2016 – 6-5

2015 – 9-2 

2014 – 4-7 

2013 – 6-4

Quick Hits:

Quarterback Jaedyn Scott ran 22 times for 117 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort against Moore. 

Southmoore scored a season high 21 points in the season ending loss to Putnam North. The Sabercats scored 21 points or more in all 22 games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 

The Sabercats will face Stillwater for the first time ever in football on September 14th.  

OFFENSE

2018 brings a new hope for the Southmoore High School football team, as the team hopes to regroup and find a new mentality under head coach Jeremy Stark. The 0-10 finish a year ago is behind them and with plenty of upperclassmen on both sides of the ball, the chance waits for them to learn from past struggles. Jaedyn Scott (6-2, 205, Jr.) will be the quarterback for the Sabercats hurry-up, spread offense. Under new offensive coordinator Ty Prestidge, the junior Scott will be asked to use a variety of different playing styles, including some run-pass option and a lot of designed runs.  Lining in the backfield with Scott will be Marshall Mack (5-8, 170, Sr.) who in his senior season will definitely be relied upon to make an impact. Southmoore has eight returning starters on offense, including wide receiver Corbin Padgett (6-2, 185, Sr.) and will hope this experience can pay off. Offense is where it all needs to start for Southmoore, with a new OC and a fresh chance to make a name for themselves. 

DEFENSE

On defense, Donovan Gaines (5-11, 195, Sr.) will be the eyes at strong safety and will need to be consistent playing against top-notch offenses in Class 6A-I. 

Brian Shomali (6-0, 270, Sr.) will be tasked with setting the edge and getting after opposing QBs at defensive end. Shomali will be key in a 3-4 defense that will want to be extremely aggressive. DJ Ware (6-0, 300, Jr.) lines up at nose guard for Southmoore, ready to help move the QB out of the pocket. Along with Shomali and Corey Callens (5-11, 260, Jr.) this D-line has some athletes that aren’t afraid to make life miserable for offenses. At linebacker, Cody Clyma (6-0, 215, Jr.) has a tall task patrolling the middle of the field for the defense. Entering his junior season, Clyma has coach Stark’s trust to be a consistent force. Coach Stark shared his thoughts on the upcoming season, as he said, “We have a lot of experience coming back this season. A lot of guys that took part in last year’s 0-10 season. These guys are excited and hungry to try to improve from last year. 

 

Union Redskins 

Coach: KIRK FRIDRICH

Schedule:

8-24 – at Broken Arrow 

8-31 – vs. Lake Ridge, TX 

9-7 – at Jenks 

9-14 – OPEN 

9-21 – vs. Owasso 

9-28 – vs. Mustang 

10-5 – at Putnam City North 

10-12 – at Moore 

10-19 – vs. Norman North 

10-26 – vs. Southmoore 

11-2 – at Edmond North 

Quick Hits:

Week two opponent Mansfield, TX-Lake Ridge is coming off an impressive 12-2 effort in 2017. The Eagles soared all the way to the Class 5A-Division I quarterfinals where they were eliminated by eventual state champion Highland Park 37-35. 

The Redskins defeated Jenks 59-40 in their regularly sheduled meeting, yet did not see the Trojans in a playoff rematch. It marked the first time since 2006 the teams didn’t square off in the post-season. 

Union running back Darius Boone Jr. overpowered Broken Arrow in the state semi-finals. Boone ran for 155 yards on 23 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in the 21-0 win over the Tigers. 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 12-1 

2016 – 12-2 

2015 – 11-3 

2014 – 11-2 

2013 – 11-3 

OFFENSE 

The Union Redskins finished the 2017 campaign as the state runner-up in the state’s largest classification. For the Redskin nation, runner-up is nice, but winning gold balls is the expectation. Enter the 2018 team featuring a returning quarterback, a great offensive line and a DI running back. 

Peyton Thompson (6-2, 190, Sr.) will lead the Redskins again this season. In 2017 Thompson threw for 2,791 yards and 33 touchdowns. Thompson is a productive quarterback and with another year under his belt, look for Thompson to be one of the top quarterbacks in the state. Darius Boone (5-11, 190, Sr.) is another great tailback coming out of Union this year. Boone rushed for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. Boone is a next level talent and could have a tremendous season running behind this offensive line that features players like Ricky Stromberg (6-4, 315, Sr.), Tanner Fort (6-0, 255, Sr.) and Quintin Barnes (6-0, 270, Sr.). Stromberg, like Boone, is receiving interest from DI schools. Another college prospect is Noah Rauschenberg (6-2, 185, Sr.). Rauschenberg will handle the kicking duties for the Redskins and is one of the top kickers in the state. Adjustments in the passing game is one area the Redskin coaching staff is working on this summer. 

“The passing game will be all new with the offense losing all three wide outs and tight ends. The offense will use the experience of three returning linemen to help with a strong rushing game as the passing game develops with new receivers,” said Fridrich. 

DEFENSE

For all of the talent on the offensive side of the ball, the defense can match them player for player. Darrias Murdock (6-5, 270, Sr.) will lead an unyielding group up front that also features Isaiah McGuire (6-5, 260, Sr.) at defensive end. The combo of Murdock and McGuire will cause some major problems for opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks. The linebacker corps led by Elijah Tomlin (5-11, 200, Sr.) could be the best in the class. Trae Thompson (6-2, 225, Sr.) and Nick Jones (6-0, 220, Sr.) make a trio of devastating hitters and guys that can pursue from sideline to sideline. The leaders on the defensive side may come from the defensive backs. Cameron Watts (5-10, 175, Sr.) and JT McLoud (5-11, 185, Sr.) bring a high skill level and leadership qualities to the field for Union. 

“Defensively we lose a core group of leadership with several players lost at D-line, linebacker and safety. We expect that leadership will come from the corner position with McLoud and Watts and with the defensive line (Murdock) and linebacker (Tomlin) needing help from several new faces in the front seven,” said Fridrich. 

The Redskins will be tested early with their normal opponents in Broken Arrow and Jenks, but this season they have added Lake Ridge High School from Mansfield, Texas. 

“We look to be challenged early with a tough schedule. We are excited about the progress of several underclassmen in the offseason and look forward to seeing it translate to the field. Many of our two-deep players received quality time last year and that should help with experience as some of them become starters this season,” said coach Fridrich.

 

Westmoore Jaguars 

Coach: Lorenzo Williams

Schedule:

8-31 – at Moore

9-7 – vs. Southmoore

9-14 – at Mustang

9-21 – at Enid

9-27 – vs. Edmond Memorial

10-5 – at Broken Arrow

10-12 – vs. Yukon

10-18 – vs. Edmond Santa Fe

10-26 – at Norman

11-1 – vs. Jenks

Quick Hits:

The Jaguars lost a ton of production at the skill positions. Wide receiver Jacob Clark will bridge the gap after making a big splash in the Moore War, catching three passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. 

The 2017 Jaguars were the first team in school history to score 50 points or more in five or more games. 

Westmoore blasted rivals Moore and Southmoore by a combined score of 103-17, that’s the biggest combined margin since the Moore district expanded to three high schools in 2008. 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 8-3 

2016 – 6-5

2015 – 4-6

2014 – 7-4 

2013 – 10-3

OFFENSE

The name of the Jaguars game this year is aggressive and quick, on both sides of the ball. While there are multiple returning starters who will help carry the team, head coach Lorenzo Williams said that there are also a lot of younger players who need to adjust to the learning curve quickly. Overall, Williams is very excited about the team’s possibilities and the new challenges this season. 

The two pillars of the offensive line will be seniors Layne Grantham (6-2, 306) and Jorge Exinia (6-0, 285). They should lead the offense attacking with tempo and speed. Behind the line, Dayton Wolfe (6-0, 190, So.) looks to carve a spot out for himself as the new starting quarterback. Jace Bohrofen (6-3, 180, Jr.) may also get to throw the ball around a bit, as well as being utilized in the wide receiver position. 

Coach Williams is excited to say that this group is the fastest team he has ever coached, “by far and away.” One person leading the charge of team speed is running back Chris Oliver (5-11, 185, Sr.). Watch for him to pick up a lot of yards this season. 

Another player who will be an essential contributor is Jacob Clark (5-11, 185, Sr.). As the only offensive returner who has scored a touchdown for them on Friday nights, Coach Williams expects big things from him this season. Clark is multi-talented and can utilize his athleticism and speed in many positions, but will be seen the most as a slot wide receiver and running back, and as a kickoff/punt receiver. 

DEFENSE

Just as the offense will be fast, fast, fast, the Jaguars defense will also have speed to burn at every position. They will continue to get better with their attacking, “in your face” style of play. Tre’vonne Pierre’s (6-2, 175, Sr.) speed will be an asset as a cornerback. Some of the bulk of the defensive line will come from Nikale Davis (6-3, 235, Jr.) as a defensive end, Davion Dozier (6-0, 265, Sr.) at defensive tackle, and Jordan Hampton (6-0, 195, Jr.) as an outside linebacker. 

The Jaguars will see five defensive starters returning to lead the pack, including a very experienced secondary. Two of the standouts in this department are Zac Johnson (5-9, 170, Sr.) as a free safety, and Kerry Shaw (6-0, 185, Sr.) playing the nickel. 

 

Yukon Millers 

Coach: JEREMY REED 

Schedule:

8-24 – vs. Edmond North

8-31 – vs. Mustang 

9-7 – vs. Moore 

9-14 – OPEN 

9-21 – vs. Norman 

9-28 – at Edmond Santa Fe 

10-5 – vs. Jenks 

10-12 – at Westmoore

10-18 – vs. Broken Arrow 

10-26 – at Enid 

11-2 – at Edmond Memorial 

Quick Hits:

The Millers ended a five game losing streak to Norman North, taking down the Timberwolves 38-31 in week two. Yukon piled up big numbers on the ground, surpassing the 400-yard mark in rushing. 

Moore appears on the schedule for the first time since 2013. The Millers carry a four game winning streak in the series, last losing to the Lions in 2005. 

Yukon improved by four games in the win column after suffering through a winless 2015 season. The 1992 edition of Millers won 10 games under head coach Mike Little after carding an 0-10 effort in 1991.  

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 4-6 

2016 – 0-10

2015 – 2-8 

2014 – 4-6

2013 – 6-5

OFFENSE 

Falling short of a winning season last fall, the Millers will have to rally around some key players to get the program back on track. Only returning four of last year’s offensive starters the team rely on some player at running back to get offensive series rolling. Antonio Washington (5-7, 155, Sr.), Noah Davis (5-10, 210, Sr.) and Landon Donono (6-0, 195, Jr.) will be the three strong running backs in Yukon’s flexbone system. Washington last season only had around 38 carries for his team but when the Millers needed a first down, he was the man for the job. He averaged around 12.9 yards a carry, rushed for 425 yards and had two touchdowns. The work horse for the team would be Davis, who carried the ball 90 times last season for 425 yards and three touchdowns. Having the least amount of carries out of the three is Donono but he knows where the endzone is when he touches the ball. Donono carried the ball 21 times last season for 140 yards and two touchdowns. “I’m very excited for year two,” said second year head coach Jeremy Reed. “Our kids and coaches are very familiar with our expectations and schemes. We had a great off-season and look forward to a very completive schedule.” 

DEFENSE 

There will be six defensive starters returning to the squad this year with some highly experienced players in Yukon’s 4-2-5 formation. Trying to get in to the backfield this season will be Defensive linemen Camon McGee (Sr.) and Jakoby Kopepasah (Sr.). The two players combined made 65 tackles for their team with three of those tackles being recorded as sacks. Three linebackers teams will keep on their scouting report will be Kale Fouts (Sr.), Owen Olsen (Sr.) and Cade Peters (Jr.). Leading the trio in tackles is Kale Fouts who tackled the other team 61 times last season. Olsen is a player that will interrupt team’s offensive flows in many ways. Last season he recorded 57 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. Peters is the youngest one of the three but that didn’t stop his confidence getting 32 tackles for his team and four of those tackles resulting in a loss of yardage in last year’s effort.