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Bartlesville Bruins

Coach: LEE BLANKENSHIP

Schedule:
8-21 – at Claremore

9-7 – at Collinsville

9-14 – vs. Del City

9-21 – at Booker T

9-28 – vs. Sapulpa

10-5 – at Sand Springs

10-12 – at Bixby

10-18 – vs. Ponca City

10-26 – vs. Muskogee

11-2 – at Shawnee

Quick Hits:

Quarterback Noah Sunday hit on 22 of his 45 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the Bruins 37-21 loss to Bixby. 

The Bruins have an entirely new slate of non-district opposition highlighted by the first ever meetings with Collinsville and Del City. 

Claremore is back on the schedule after two years off. The Bruins have won the last four meetings in the series by an average margin of 36 to 11.  

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 2-8 

2016 – 3-6 

2015 – 10-2 

2014 – 5-6 

2013 – 5-5

OFFENSE

Taking over in his first season at Bartlesville, Lee Blankenship is ready to lead the Bruins football team. After taking Beggs High School to the Class 3A title game in 2017, Blankenship will have six returning starters on his offense to help ease the transition. DeAndre Young (5-9, 215, Sr.) leads the way at running back and he will be looked at as the spark plug for new offensive coordinator Cody McDaniel. Cody Keesling (6-1, 250, Sr.) will anchor the offensive line that will need to make room for Young to get into the open field and make things happen. As for the receiving corps, Gerald Gray (6-2, 175, Sr.), Hunter Marquez (6-7, 235, Sr.) and Shane Simpson (5-7, 175, Jr.) are three good threats for an offense that uses multiple sets. There is plenty of experience on this offense and plenty of players who would want to improve off a 2-8 finish in 2017, so expect the Bruins to be competitive in their Class 6A-II district. 

DEFENSE

The Bruins’ defense will also have six returning starters, as Tom Beard (5-10, 175, Sr.) will lead this unit. Similar to the offensive side, the Bartlesville defense will use multiple formations to keep opposing offenses guessing. They will look to be fast and aggressive, with new defensive coordinator Jason Sport ready to begin his new job. At linebacker, Lukas Hammack (6-0, 215, Sr.) enters his senior campaign hoping to solidify a defense that should be new and exciting. Next to him at outside linebacker will be Zane Ramsey (5-10, 185, Sr.) another senior that has the grit and fight that is necessary for the eyes of the defense. At the last line of defense will be Taton Hopkins (6-2, 165, Jr.) at strong safety and Cody Winters (5-11, 175, Sr.) at free safety. These two will have their hands full as they go against some of the best offenses in Oklahoma high school football but should be able to carry the load.

 

Bixby Spartans

Coach: LOREN MONTGOMERY

Schedule:
8-24 – vs. Jenks

8-31 – vs. Mansfield, TX

9-7 – OPEN

9-14 – vs. Putnam City

9-21 – at Sapulpa

9-28 – vs. Booker T. Washington

10-5 – at Ponca City

10-12 – vs. Bartlesville

10-18 – at Sand Springs

10-26 – vs. Shawnee

11-2 – at Muskogee 

Quick Hits:

Wide receiver Cade Cavender came up big in the state championship game, grabbing a season high seven receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. 

The Spartans finally put an end to Jenks domination in the long-standing South Tulsa rivalry. Bixby defeated the Trojans 35-18 on September 1st, earning their first win in the series since 1977. 

Bixby will host Mansfield, TX-Timberview on August 31st. The Wolves are coming off a 3-7 season in which they lost four games by less than a touchdown. 

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 9-4

2016 – 10-3

2015 – 9-4 

2014 – 12-1 

2013 – 6-4

OFFENSE

After graduating a significant number of key players last year, the Spartans have many positions that are ready to be filled by some new faces. Those that are returning from previous seasons will be essential in the Spartans’ success. The offense will see five starters return, despite having to replace the majority of the O-line. At the center, Carter McAmis (5-10, 250, Sr.) will have to take on a little more responsibility as one of the more experienced offensive linemen. Ryan Kerr (6-0, 200, Sr.) will likely be an influential player on both sides of the ball. As a tight end, he will be one to watch for to play a versatile role.

There are a couple of different hats in the ring for the quarterback position. No matter who ends up throwing the ball, there are a few receivers who you can count on to be at the other end of it. Brennan Presley (5-8, 160, Jr.) is one who will be relied upon to put some points on the board. Last year Presley had 50 receptions for 624 yards as well as two interceptions. Clayton Barbour (5-9, 170, Sr.) and Cade Cavender (6-0, 185, Sr.) will also contribute at wide receiver positions.

DEFENSE

A Spartan veteran of the linebacker position, Ethan Hall (6-3, 235, Sr.) returns to his starting role as a senior this year ready to lead the defense. Fellow outside linebacker Noah West (6-2, 225, Sr.) will join him and the duo will look to add to their combined career tackles which sit at 169. These two are also pretty quick, so opposing quarterbacks should take heed. Add Kerr to the group as an inside linebacker and that makes up a solid chunk of the defense. Presley, Barbour, and Cavender will bring their returning experience to the secondary with Barbour as a free safety and the other two a pair of cornerbacks. 

Going into his ninth year as Bixby head coach, Loren Montgomery is confident in his team despite a lot of question marks on the field. Montgomery says that he looks forward to seeing how the team’s identity develops this season. While overall team speed isn’t something they have an excess of this year, the Spartans will rely on their strengths of being physical, strong, and disciplined to get the job done. 

 

Booker T. Washington Hornets

Coach: BRAD CALIP

Schedule:
8-31 – vs. Bishop Kelley 

9-8 – at Horn Lake, LA 

9-14 – OPEN 

9-21 – vs. Bartlesville 

9-28 – at Bixby 

10-5 – vs. Shawnee 

10-12 – at Sapulpa 

10-18 – vs. Muskogee 

10-26 – at Ponca City 

11-2 – vs. Sand Springs 

Quick Hits:

Superstar Dax Hill flashed his versatility against Putnam City, catching a 16-yard pass for a score, then on the subsequent possession for the Pirates, Hill took an interception back 43 yards for another TD. 

It’s champion against champion in the season opener when Booker T. faces North Little Rock, AR in Bentonville. The Wildcats are coming off a perfect 13-0 campaign in 2017 and the Class 7A state title. 

Running back Thomas Grayson thrashed Putnam City in the opening round of the playoffs, carrying the football 18 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns.  

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 12-1 

2016 – 6-5

2015 – 11-1

2014 – 10-2 

2013 – 7-4

OFFENSE

The 2018 version of the Booker T. Washington Hornets are not the same team they were a year ago…they may be better. Head coach Brad Calip has come in and restored Hornet football to its rightful place at the top of the mountain that is Class 6AII. 

Offensively the Hornets return six starters to the field with playmaker JJ Hester (6-4, 180, Jr.) leading the way. Hester is one of the top prospects at wide out and is expected to make a major impact this season. Marcus Potter (5-9, 170, Sr.) is another receiver the Hornets will utilize this season. The pair will give secondary coaches nightmares. Add tight end Gentry Dalton (6-2, 195, Jr.) to the mix and you have a lot to cover on every play. Running back Thomas Grayson (5-10, 185, Sr.) will tote the rock this season and coach Calip expects the running game to be improved from a year ago. 

“We should be able to run the ball better than last year,” said Calip. If we can stay healthy and peak as a team in November, BTW will have a chance to play for the gold.” 

The offensive line is key if the Hornets are going to run the ball. Donald Broadnax (6-0, 230, Sr.) and Gavin Chalk (6-2, 250, Sr.) will make a path for Grayson this season. This salty pair will lead a few younger offensive linemen this season. 

DEFENSE

The Hornet defense returns five starters this season including DI prospect and VYPE Top 100 selectee Daxton Hill (6-1, 195, Sr.). Hill, possibly the most highly recruited player in the state this year, returns to the secondary for the Hornets giving them a playmaker on the backside of the defense. Opposing quarterbacks must pick their poison when playing the Hornets. DJ Jones (6-0, 175, Sr.) is another secondary player that can make big plays. Teams will test Jones because of their fear in throwing at Hill, but Jones is crafty and will force mistake and turnovers. A pair of defensive ends will get after the passer this season in Kiero Petross (6-1, 200, Sr.) and Mahcel Johnson (6-2, 195, Sr.). Both guys are quick off the ball and utilize superior technique in getting to the quarterback. 

Some new linebackers will step in this season as Krishawn Brown (6-2, 190, Jr.) and Aryion Welch (5-8, 195, Sr.) look to make names for themselves as two formidable defenders in the middle of the defense. 

“Defensively we will miss our linebacker starters from last year, but our secondary will probably be the best in 6AII,” said Calip. 

 

Choctaw YellowJackets

Coach: JAKE CORBIN 

Schedule:
8-24 – at Shawnee 

9-7 – vs. Lawton Ike 

9-14 – at Putnam City North 

9-21 – at Del City 

9-28 – vs. Putnam City 

10-5 – vs. Stillwater 

10-11 – at Putnam City West 

10-18 – vs. Lawton 

10-26 – vs. Midwest City 

11-2 – at Deer Creek 

Quick Hits:

Wide receiver Zane Coleman saved his biggest game for last in 2017. Coleman caught 5 passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Yellowjackets 45-17 win over Putnam West. 

Choctaw has won at least five games in each of the previous four seasons. The last such streak ocurred from 1979-82.

The Yellowjackets 42-14 win over Putnam North on September 15th broke an eight game losing streak in the series against the Panthers.  

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 6-4 

2016 – 5-5

2015 – 5-6
2014 – 7-4 

2013 – 3-7

OFFENSE 

Head coach Jake Corbin has the Yellowjackets buying into the program and has motivated the players to live by the G.O.L.D. standard (Gratitude, Ownership, Leadership, Discipline). 

Zane Coleman (5-11, 190, Sr.) leads the way for Choctaw. The wide out is a playmaker and someone to watch as coaches at the next level are taking notice. Thad Williams (6-1, 190, Jr.) starts at quarterback and will look to get Coleman involved in the offense, as well as wide receiver Cade Sanford (5-11, 185, Jr.). Protecting Williams are two excellent offensive linemen in Tye Gilbert (6-5, 290, Sr.) and Cade Kelly (6-5, 275, Sr.). Their senior leadership on and off the field sets the tone for the Yellowjackets. When the big boys get after it, everyone follows their lead. Blake Muse (5-9, 200, Sr.) is the biggest fan for the heavies up front. Muse will start at running back giving Choctaw a legit threat in the run game. 

“Our coaches love our kids and our kids love our coaches. We have a program full of high achievers that act like champions,” said coach Corbin. 

DEFENSE 

Jayden Brown (6-3, 250, Sr.) and Isaiah Sumlin (6-3, 225, Sr.) are bookend defensive ends that make offensive coordinators think twice about taking the ball outside or keeping their quarterback in the pocket. Angel Ackerman (5-11, 175, Jr.) leads a talented group of defensive backs this season. Ackerman is joined in the secondary by Deysean Moore (5-11, 190, Jr.) and Gabe Johnson (5-10, 175, Jr.). Look for this secondary to only get better with time. Jaconi Thayer (5-11, 265, Sr.) will push the limits of every offensive line he faces this season. Thayer is expected to see plenty of double-teams in 2018. Look for Choctaw to base out of the 3-4. 

The coaching staff includes Greg Bryant (DC), Terence Carter (CB), Matt Edmonds (QB), Ethan Feuerborn (OL), Kimes Gilbert (DL), Marc Morris (ILB), Dal Nichols (DB), J.D. Runnels (O-Consultant), and J.J. Venzor (RB). 

 

Deer Creek Antlers

Coach: WADE STANDLEY

Schedule:
8-24 – Open date

8-30 – at Southmoore

9-7 – at Norman

9-14 – Edmond

9-21 – Stillwater

9-28 – at Lawton

10-5 – at Del City

10-12 – at Midwest City

10-18 – Putnam City

10-26 – at Putnam West

11-2 – Choctaw

Quick Hits:

Dylan Diaz had a night to remember in the Antlers 38-24 win over Enid. Diaz recorded 12 tackles at linebacker and caught touchdown passes of 47 and 56 yards. 

The Antlers not only improved by two games in the win column in 2017, they also showed dramatic improvement offensively. Deer Creek put up an average of 24.9 points per game last fall up from 15.7 in 2016. 

Deer Creek will continue its series with Edmond Memorial, facing off for the fifth consecutive season on September 14th. The Antlers are 2-2 all-time against Edmond Memorial and 2-4 against Edmond Public Schools.  

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 4-6 

2016 – 2-8

2015 – 8-4 

2014 – 7-4 

2013 – 6-5

OFFENSE

The 2018 season offers many possibilities for the Deer Creek Antlers. The offense will see some changes since previous quarterback Hunter Freese has just graduated. Jarett Burright (6-0, 155, Sr.) will be stepping up to fill the QB position. 

Despite that replacement, the offense will see eight starters returning with plenty of juniors and seniors bringing their experience to the field. Daxton Byers (6-5, 295, Sr.) will continue to be a strong point in the offensive line. Axel Welch (6-4, 230, Sr.) will add some depth and play a versatile role as tight end.

Returning to his position as running back, Lemorris Davis (5-9, 183, Jr.) has the chance to have a big season. Head coach Wade Standley expects a lot from him this year as he will rely on Davis to be a leader and give the offense some extra push. Senior Paxton Gary (5-10, 160) will be a contributing factor as a fast wide receiver. Last season he had 33 receptions over 291 yards, averaging 8.8 yards per catch. Dylan Diaz (6-0, 198, Jr.) will also have plenty of opportunities to make an impact on both sides of the ball this year, playing both halfback and defensive back. 

DEFENSE

The Antlers defense will have five starters returning to the field, two of which are expected to be the core of the defense. Coach Standley will rely heavily on Parker Johnson (6-3, 201, Jr.) and Diaz, to shore up the defense and help shut down opponents. Dylan Beers (5-10, 190, Sr.) and Ben Lykes (5-10, 180, Sr.) will also be key players defensively, both as inside linebackers. 

Coaches assisting head coach Standley will be Jason Paul, Derek Dennis, Dusty Baker, Kyle Hale, Russell Caldwell, Steve Love, and Colin Roberts. This includes a new strength and conditioning coach who has previously worked with Coach Standley at Norman North. The Antlers are still working hard to build up their program. 2016 was their first year playing in Class 6A-II, which left them with a rough record of 2-8. Now going into their third year of this level of competition, it will be interesting to see how they continue to adjust and compete. 

 

Del City Eagles

Coach: MIKE DUNN

Schedule:
8-24 – Open date

8-31 – at Bishop McGuinness

9-7 – Carl Albert

9-14 – at Bartlesville

9-21 – Choctaw

9-28 – Putnam West

10-5 – at Deer Creek

10-12 – Putnam City

10-18 – Midwest City

10-25 – at Lawton

11-2 – Stillwater

Quick Hits: 

Putnam West is back on the schedule on September 28th after a two-year absence. Del City has won three in a row in the series last losing 26-18 in 2004. 

Del City and Deer Creek will meet on September 5th at Kalsu Stadium. The last game between the teams was a dandy with Eagles quarterback Terry Wilson scoring a late touchdown plus a two-point conversion pass to give Del City a 29-28 win in the first round of the 2014 Class 5A playoffs. 

The Sooner Road rivalry is one of the state’s most heated, but 2018 is believed to be the first time Del City and Midwest City will meet when paired in the same distrct.  

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 6-5 

2016 – 6-5

2015 – 6-5 

2014 – 6-6 

2013 – 7-4

OFFENSE 

Del City is looking to give it the gas this season as they take their spread offense to another level. Head coach Mike Dunn has the talent and the speed to run opponents off the field. 

“We are wide open, using the entire field. Up tempo with multiple ways to get our athletes the ball in space. We want to execute and play fast,” said coach Dunn. 

In his second season as head coach, Dunn is seeing that consistency you would expect from a program after the new staff’s first season. 

Jeff Foreman (6-1, 170, Sr.) is one of those athletes Dunn is referencing. Foreman caught 49 balls for 1,143 yards last season and is expected to have similar numbers for his senior season. Quinlan Ganther (5-9, 180, Jr.) will start at quarterback where his production is key for the Eagles. Last year Ganther competed 99 of 160 passes for 1,650 yards and 16 touchdowns. Running back Tyus Messner (5-9, 175, Sr.) carried the ball 105 times for 891 yards and 11 touchdowns. Messner is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield as well. Colin Liesinger (6-0, 165, Jr.) is another receiver in the roster that is expected to play a big role this season. The offensive line features Kobe Shawver (6-0, 270, Sr.) and Tyler Morrow (6-1, 320, Sr.) grading out in the high 80 percentile with a combine 50 pancakes. 

DEFENSE

If you enjoy watching linebacker play then make sure you catch Javon West (6-1, 200, Sr.). Last season he recorded 87 tackles, seven for a loss, four sacks and forced two fumbles. 

“We are an attacking style defense, make the ball bounce outside and let our athletes run and use the sideline as the 12th defender. We like to be good in our base and play with relentless effort while having a way to put pressure on the QB when the offense is behind the sticks,” said Dunn. 

Jamaree Ayers (5-11, 205, Sr.) joins West at linebacker. Ayers had 78 tackles with 10 for a loss, and two defensive scores. Highlighting line play is Kyren Williams (6-2, 260, Jr.). Williams grabbed 39 tackles last season with six sacks and two forced fumbles. 

The secondary is led by senior Greg Whittenberg (5-10, 170) who logged 14 pass breakups and an interception. He also added 47 tackles. Joining Whittenberg in the secondary is newcomer Marquell Lennox (6-1, 165, Jr.). Coach Dunn said of Lennox, “he’s a long and rangy athlete, will be a lockdown corner with track speed.” 

 

Lawton Wolverines 

Coach: RANDY BREEZE 

Schedule:
8-30 – Altus

9-7 – vs. Lawton Mac

9-14 – vs. Lawton Ike

9-21 – at Midwest City

9-28 – Deer Creek

10-5 – at Putnam West

10-12 – Stillwater

10-19 – at Choctaw

10-25 – Del City

11-1 – at Putnam City

Quick Hits:

Superstar running back Miles Davis torched Lawton Public Schools rivals Mac and Ike for 418 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns on only 27 carries in 2017. 

There has been no more competitive series in Class 6A-Division II than Midwest City and Lawton. The teams have split four meetings since the inception of the class with three of those games being decided by six points or less.

The Wolverines have posted nine consecutive winning seasons and won no fewer than four games in every season dating back to 1957. 

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 9-3 

2016 – 9-4

2015 – 8-2 

2014 – 11-2 

2013 – 11-1

OFFENSE

Lawton’s football team is a well-oiled winning machine. They now maintain a record of eight consecutive winning seasons in Class 6A-Division II. They are going for nine this year and are gearing up to compete for a state title. 

The Wolverines offense will have seven returning starters on the field this fall. The offensive line will be a strength that the team will rely on heavily to open doors for the possibilities of great running and passing game. Hector Becerra (6-2, 275, Sr.) will be essential on the line as an offensive tackle. Becerra has already received his first D1 offer from Iowa State University and is a VYPE Top 100 selection for the 2018 season. Xavier Johnson (5-10, 222, Sr.) will also be a key player on the O-line as a guard. Snapping the ball at the center will be Romeo Blanton (6-0, 230, So.), who shows a lot of potential as a sophomore starting on the varsity squad.

Leading the run game with plenty of speed will be Miles Davis (5-9, 175, Sr.), returning to start at running back. Davis, another VYPE Top 100 pick, has also received offers from University of Central Oklahoma, East Central University, Northeastern State University, and most recently picked up his first D1 offer from Arkansas Pine Bluff University. So far Davis has accumulated 313 carries over 2,546 yards for a total of 33 touchdowns. Watch for big things from him as he looks to impress during his senior season. Eddy Austin (5-11, 160, Jr.) will also have the chance to make an impact on the offense this year as a go-to wide receiver.

DEFENSE

Linebackers may prove to be a strong point for the Wolverines defense this year. Setting the pace for the six defensive returning starters is linebacker Sam Harris (6-0, 200, Sr.). Harris stepped up his game and his responsibilities last season when he took on a starting role, and as a senior this year he will remain consistent. Working alongside Harris to deliver some hard hits and extra protection are fellow linebackers Quen Bryant (5-10, 192, Sr.) and Colin Hooper (5-9, 165, Jr.). 

Another defensive player to watch for is Demarcus Andrews (5-11, 173, Jr.) as a free safety. Andrews is a versatile player whose athleticism and ability to read the ball will surely come in handy for the Wolverines.

 

Midwest City Bombers 

Coach: DARRELL HALL

Schedule:
8-25 – vs. Bentonville, Ark

8-31 – at Carl Albert

9-7 – at Muskogee

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – vs. Lawton

9-28 – at Stillwater

10-5 – vs. Putnam City

10-12 – vs. Deer Creek

10-19 – at Del City

10-26 – at Choctaw

11-2 – vs. Putnam City West

Quick Hits:

Quarterback Preston Colbert threw three touchdown passes and ran in three more in a 41-35 conquest of Lawton on September 22nd. 

Midwest City is coming off back to back district championships for the first time since 2010-2011. The Bombers have won 32 district championships dating back to 1952. 

The Bombers will be tested with a season opening trip to Bentonville, Arkansas. The Tigers are coming off a 10-3 season that ended with a 44-37 loss to North Little Rock in the Class 7A state finals.  

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 10-2 

2016 – 7-4

2015 – 6-4 

2014 – 7-3 

2013 – 9-3

OFFENSE

With one of the most dynamic offenses in the entire state Midwest City once again looks poised for a run deep into the postseason. Leading the Bombers’ offense this year is quarterback Preston Colbert (5-11, 193, Sr.). Last season Colbert threw for 3,487 yards and 35 touchdowns while just tossing four interceptions. Colbert is also a threat to tuck the ball and run though, as evidenced by his 515 yards on the ground as a junior. Colbert’s top target this year will likely be Jamil Hayes-Robinson (6-2, 232, Sr.) who is Midwest City’s leading returning receiver. Don’t count out Jerome Brown (6-1, 187, Sr.) though. Brown hasn’t played football since eighth grade but has played basketball for the Bombers and that athleticism should make him a real threat on the outside. In the run game Billy Cooks (5-9, 178, Sr.) figures to get plenty of touches as the leading returning running back for the Bombers. Kobe Washington (6-3, 187, Sr.) should also factor into the mix heavily as well. Last but not least Omar Estupinan (5-11, 256, Sr.) will be the leader on the offensive line from his spot at center. Estupinan started every game last season for the Bombers.

DEFENSE

On defense the Bombers return six starters from last season and should be especially talented on the defensive line and in the secondary this season. Up front Elijah Manuel (6-5, 290, Sr.) leads the way and has several DI scholarship offers that prove he is the real deal. Kaptyn Berry (6-0, 260, Sr.) will also play on the defensive line this season and with offenses focusing on how to contain Manuel it could be Berry that runs free making plays in opponents’ backfields. At cornerback Tramon Jackson (6-0, 176, Sr.) is back after leading the team in interceptions as a junior. Kyle Lindsay meanwhile will get the nod at safety. Lindsay missed all of last season but started every game as a sophomore so it shouldn’t take him long to begin to make a major impact once again. With so much talent on the line and in the secondary the linebacker corps at Midwest City can often get overlooked but don’t sleep on this group. Christopher Youngblood (6-0, 181, Sr.) and Jacobi Johnson (6-3, 185, Jr.) will both see time at outside linebacker this year and will definitely make you pay if you take them lightly.

 

Muskogee Roughers 

Coach: RAFE WATKINS

Schedule:
8-31 – vs. McAlester 

9-7 – vs. Midwest City

9-14 – at Putnam City West

9-21 – vs. Ponca City 

9-28 – at Sand Springs

10-5 – at Sapulpa

10-12 – vs. Shawnee

10-18 – at Booker T. Washington

10-26 – at Bartlesville

11-2 – vs. Bixby

Quick Hits:

Muskogee opens the season with McAlester. The schools have met in five consecutive seasons with the Roughers winning the last two by a combined margin of 105-13. Muskogee has also won 7 of the last 10. 

Wide receiver Quintevin Cherry caught five or more passes in six different games for the Roughers in 2017. His best effort of 11 grabs for 123 yards came against Bixby on September 29th. 

The Roughers will face Shawnee for the first time since 2011 when they defeated the Wolves 16-12.  

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 5-5 

2016 – 9-2

2015 – 3-7 

2014 – 3-7 

2013 – 3-7

OFFENSE

The Roughers travel plans for 2018 include a return to the playoffs but before Muskogee can earn its invitation, coach Rafe Watkins knows there’s a construction zone to be completed that includes finding a suitable replacement at quarterback. With a mid-summer departure of the expected starter, the Roughers wait to see who wins the starting nod as Jordan Bradley (Jr.) and Ty Williams (5-11, 175, So.) will compete for the rights to lead the offense.

“They’re both young by experience but we’re fortunate in the fact that Jordan and Ty are both very smart kids,” said Watkins. “They’re both students of the game but are going to have to learn how to respond to the speed of the varsity level competition.”

The game plan for the fall was to emphasize more of a running game taking advantage of the quickness of Jimmie Coleman (5-9, 165, Jr.) who took advantage of his 44 carries averaging 7-plus yards per attempt.

While the quarterback decision may not be made until the fall, the play of VYPE Top 100 selection Kaunor Ashley (5-10, 175, Jr.) and Kentrell Mitchum (6-1, 160, Jr.) will be designated receiving targets along with newcomer Adrian Jones (6-0, 165, Sr.).

The construction zone also includes the reformation of the offensive line where the Roughers have limited playing time experience. Brandon Zuniga (6-0, 280, Sr.), Dadrian Wilson (5-8, 230, Jr.) Tyler Kennedy (6-0, 180, Jr.), Jacob Allen (5-10, 180, So.) Josh Lucky (5-10, 250, Jr.) and Wendell Johnson (6-3, 320, So.) are among the players drawing attention.

“The development of our offensive line is a primary concern,” admits Watkins. “We’re going to have to learn with on-the-job training under fire.”

DEFENSE

The Roughers enter the 2018 season with four starters to energize the attacking style of play including another Top 100 choice Nikaury Ruffin (5-10, 245, Sr.) anchoring the play in the trenches at nose guard to play alongside defensive end Colton Edwards (6-2, 200, Sr.) who charted 57 tackles and nine sacks as well as Devion Williams (6-0, 265, Jr.) whose aggressiveness produced five sacks plus 49 tackles last year. Moving from linebacker to add prowess at defensive end will be Kaleb Biglow (6-2, 230, Jr.) and Jeremiah Jarrett (6-2, 195, Sr.).

“The defensive front is our most experienced area,” said Watkins. “All of them are physical, strong and mobile plus they play with an attitude.”

A welcomed addition to the Roughers defensive game plan is the return of Trey Harris (6-0, 210, Sr.) at linebacker who saw playing time as a sophomore but a choice to implement an academic sabbatical to achieve a top-10 ranking kept the now senior in the classroom and on the football sidelines. Muskogee coaches will also be counting on the two-way conditioning of Zach Murphy to be a playmaker at linebacker as well as Jaron Cash (5-10, 225, Jr.) and Jareed Haggerman (5-10, 190, Jr.)

With graduation taking its toll to the secondary unit, the return of Kaunor Ashley, who made 69 tackles a year ago, is the lone experienced playmaker in the defensive backfield.  While experience is still building, talent is across the board in the defensive backfield with Marcus Newton (6-2 190 Jr.), Darian Davis (5-11, 190, So.), Ty Williams and Phillip Jones (5-8, 155, So,) and Adrian Jones battling for starting positions. 

“We’re re-tooling the entire linebacker group and that’s paramount at this level to get top notch play on every snap,” Watkins said with emphasis. “Our secondary is young and extremely athletic but still have to mature under fire.”

With a championship level of competition in the district that has produced the Class 6A-II champion the last four years, Watkins remains positive in his outlook and determined with his expectations for success.

“This will not be the most talented team we’ve fielded but we’ve had the best off-season since I’ve been here,” said Watkins. “Kids make the difference and we have a group that are willing to work hard and are committed to the program.” 

 

Ponca City Wildcats 

Coach: Scott Harmon

Schedule:
8-31 – vs. Enid

9-7 – at Guthrie

9-14 – vs. Collinsville

9-21 – at Muskogee

9-28 – at Shawnee

10-5 – vs. Bixby

10-12 – vs. Sand Springs

10-18 – at Bartlesville

10-26 – vs. Booker T. Washington

11-2 – at Sapulpa

Quick Hits:

New head coach Scott Harmon was an All-Big 8 defensive back for Pat Jones at Oklahoma State. Harmon is tied for fifth on the Cowboys’ all time interception chart.  

Ponca City ended a nine game losing streak against Bartlesville, reclaiming the Conoco Cup with a 14-12 win over the Bruins at Custer Stadium on September 29th. 

Quarterback Justin Andrews rushed for 146 yards and threw for an additional 195 accounting for both touchdowns in a 42-14 loss to Sapulpa.   

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 1-9

2016 – 2-8 

2015 – 3-6 

2014 – 3-7 

2013 – 0-10 

OFFENSE

The Wildcats will be headed up by new head coach Scott Harmon who moves over from Hominy where he won a state title in 2016. Taking over a roster with four returning offensive starters Harmon will have an inexperienced but hungry group to work with this season.

Po-Hi’s top returning starter may be on the offensive line where Reese Webb (6-3, 225, Sr.) will lead the way. 

At quarterback the Wildcats will look to Kyter Welch (5-9, 170, Jr.) to run the show this fall. Justin Andrews (5-10, 165, Jr.) will be one of Welch’s top targets this year at receiver while Dylon Fatts (5-7, 150, Sr.) will be a threat in both the rushing and passing attacks from his running back position. 

“We will control the tempo and run the football a little more than in the past,” Harmon said. “We will also play kids on both sides of the ball as needed.”

DEFENSE

Four starters also return to the Ponca City defense this season and in Harmon’s 4-2-5 defensive system look for the secondary to be the strongest unit on the field. Eli Wohl (5-8, 155, Jr.) will play free safety for the Wildcats while Josh Fairbanks (5-8, 150, Sr.) will play the other safety position. Also in the secondary this year will be Lane Bristow (5-8, 180, Sr.).

On the defensive line Lennox Suneagle (6-2, 190, Jr.) will be a key contributor this year from his spot at defensive end. 

Finally, at linebacker look for Abram Arechiga (5-9, 210, Sr.) to put up big numbers this fall. 

In a district that contains Booker T. Washington, Bixby, Muskogee and Sand Springs there won’t be an off week but it will mean the Wildcats defensive unit will be nothing if not battle-hardened by the end of the year.

 

PUTNAM CITY Pirates  

Coach: JON GARFIELD

Schedule:
8-30 – vs. Putnam City North

9-6 – vs. Sand Springs

9-14 – at Bixby

9-21 – vs. Putnam City West

9-28 – at Choctaw

10-5 – at Midwest City

10-12 – vs. Del City

10-18 – at Deer Creek

10-26 – at Stillwater

11-1 – vs. Lawton

Quick Hits:

After starring for two seasons at Putnam City, Amareion Jarrett-Newsome transferred to Lewisville, TX. Jarrett-Newsome threw for 2,916 yards in 2017 for the Pirates. 

The Pirates seven wins in 2017 were the most in a season since a ten win effort in 2007. That also marks the last post-season victory for PC. 

Putnam City swept the non-district portion of its schedule for the first time since 2014. That start included a 37-35 heart-stopping victory over state runner-up Bixby.   

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 7-4 

2016 – 4-6

2015 – 5-6 

2014 – 3-7 

2013 – 2-8 

OFFENSE

The Pirates are looking forward to what they believe will be a successful season this fall. The offense will see only two returning starters, with a lot of up-and-comers from JV stepping up to compete. One of these players is Tyrece Romesburg (6-0, 165, Jr.), who will have the chance to make a big impact as the new starting quarterback. 

Offensively, the team’s main focus will be to isolate opposing defenses with multiple looks and formations to find one on one match-ups with their athletes in space. The run game will be made the priority, and then complemented with quick pass game and deep play action. Keylhan Henderson (6-0, 175, Sr.) will be a player that the offense relies on heavily for most of this focus. The running back has a total of 416 rushing yards with 85 carries and two touchdowns under his belt, and could potentially have a big season ahead of him. Trevor Hallum (6-0, 150, Sr.) and James Jones (5-11, 155, Sr.) will also be ones to watch as wide receivers. Sam De La Pena (6-4, 270, Sr.) was injured last season, but is ready to get back on the field this year as he holds down the offensive line with Terrence Coulter (6-1, 255, Jr.). 

DEFENSE

Defensively, the team will base out of a 3-4 formation and be dynamic and multiple in their approach. They are counting on being aggressive, physical, and fast. The defense will see some significant experience return to the field in seven starters. Collin Clay (6-4, 245, Sr.), who was a VYPE Top 100 selection last season, will lead the charge as a defensive end who will try to disrupt as many opposing teams’ quarterbacks as possible. Brandon Davis (6-2, 210, Sr.) will start at the other defensive end spot. Cornerback John Jordan (5-10, 175, Sr.) and safety Jordan Webb (5-11, 180, Sr.) will shore up the secondary. Together the two have 153 tackles, five interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Deondre Elam (6-0, 205, Sr.) and Alquay Lee (5-11, 215, Sr.) will be backing up the line. 

Head coach Jon Garfield is excited to coach his first season at Putnam City, saying, “It has been remarkable to see this group of student-athletes bond together to accomplish a common goal while paying the price to be successful. These young men have the work ethic and character to accomplish anything they set their minds to, on or off the field.”

 

Putnam City West Patriots  

Coach: COREY RUSSELL

Schedule:
8-24 – Open

8-31 – Duncan

9-7 – vs. Putnam North

9-14 – Muskogee

9-21 – vs. Putnam City

9-28 – at Del City

10-5 – Lawton

10-11 – Choctaw

10-18 – at Stillwater

10-26 – Deer Creek

Quick Hits:

Kicker Dylan Smith was instrumental in the Patriots lone win in 2017, booting three field goals and an extra point in a 16-15 season opening victory over Duncan. 

Muskogee is back on the Patriots schedule for the first time since 2011. Putnam West is 0-2 all time against the Roughers losing by a combined margin of 90-2. 

Enid stunned the Patriots with 35 unanswered 4th quarter points in a 49-42 overtime win at PC Stadium on September 22nd.  

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 1-9 

2016 – 7-4

2015 – 4-6 

2014 – 1-9 

2013 – 2-8

OFFENSE

The Putnam City West Patriots were in their first season in 2017 with new head coach Corey Russell. Assisting Russell are assistant coaches; Nino Williams, Rod Porter, Eric Line, Taylor Geddis, Money Davis, Ronnie Osborne, Tyler Thompson, Robert Pettit, Ryan Line, Erik Holt and Alfred Jones. Russell is excited to be in their second year running a flex bone offense, which should be more efficient and physical. This team will be young on both sides of the ball this season but Russell believes they have the talent to be successful on the field. With five returning offensive starters, Russell is confident that they will be able to help coach up the younger members of the squad. Leading the offense will be returning quarterback O’Neal Cotton (5-11, 172, Sr.) and up front two returning offensive linemen Dawson McLain (6-4, 280, Sr.) and Braxton Gammon (5-10, 215, Sr.). The Patriots will have two a-backs returning in Trey Johnson (5-5, 150, Jr.) and Darius Sharp (5-4, 145, Jr.). Someone to look for with speed on the outside will be returning wide receiver, Kyler Trotman (5-10, 185, Sr.), starting his last year as a Patriot. Russell is excited to see his kids grow offensively but he is aware that he is going to have to ask a lot from a large amount of inexperienced players on the team.

DEFENSE

Running a 3-4 defense the Patriots are looking to be very aggressive with better techniques and more solid tackles. A swarm-to-the-ball mentality is what they are preaching at PC West. With six defensive starters returning, this gives the opportunity for younger players to step up and play. Patrolling from the linebacker positions will be outside linebackers Arich Ansley (6-2, 212, Sr.) and Kaden Romero (6-0, 195, Jr.) and inside linebacker Jeffery Perez (5-11, 210, Sr.). Up front for the Patriots defense will be Jakob Brandenberger (5-11, 210, Jr.) and Jaden Campbell (6-0, 201, Sr.). In the secondary will be returning cornerback Romero Ingram (5-11, 172, Sr.). The strength of the defense may come from the linebacker play, but look for this secondary to get better with each and every game. Russell knows that he will have to pull up a handful of inexperienced players but he expects them to respond well with intensity and an increased effort. Overall, the Patriots are blessed with good speed; coaches want to be known as a sound and tough team.

 

Sand Springs Sandites 

Coach: DUSTIN KINARD

Schedule:
9-1 – vs. Pulaski Academy

9-8 – vs. Choctaw

9-15 – vs. Putnam City West

9-22 – at Sapulpa

9-29 – OPEN 

10-6 – at Ponca City

10-13 – vs. Muskogee

10-19 – at Booker T. Washington

10-27 – vs. Bartlesville

11- 3 – vs. Bixby

Quick Hits:

Head coach Dustin Kinard is fast approaching L.D. Bains in the Sandites record book. Kinard is just 14 victories behind Bains as the all-time leader in wins at the school. 

Sand Springs will journey to Greenwood, Arkansas to face longtime Oklahoma high school coach Rick Jones on September 14th. Greenwood is coming off a perfect 13-0 season that culminated in a Class 6A state title. 

The Sandites have won four in a row and five out of six against Sapulpa in what is one of the state’s longest running rivalries dating all the way back to 1922. 

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 5-6 

2016 – 7-5

2015 – 7-5 

2014 – 8-4 

2013 – 6-4

OFFENSE

Five offensive starters return to the always blue-collar Sand Springs offense this season, looking for an improvement on last year’s 7-5 campaign. 

Running back Payton Scott (5-5, 185, Sr.) will be the unquestioned leader of that group after rushing for 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. 

Scott will have a very strong offensive line to run behind this season as well, so expect his numbers to stay very high. Senior Miron Krotzer is the man everyone will turn to in the trenches, and he will have talented juniors Cameron Lierly and Caleb Mallory flanking him this season.

At tight end, look for senior Dash Fleischman to be a major threat in the passing game as well as throwing some key blocks up front to spring Scott for big runs. Junior quarterback Caden Pennington projects as the starter this year.

“We will ride the running game behind an experienced offensive line and a three-year starter in Payton Scott,” head coach Dustin Kinard said. “We will need to develop a passing game throughout the season, though, with a newcomer at quarterback and several new receivers.”

DEFENSE

Six starters return to the Sandites’ defense this year with most of those working in the front seven. 

On the line, seniors Gage Fain and Kris Edwards will start at defensive end. Meanwhile, senior Malon Moyer will get the start at nose guard. 

At linebacker, Fleischman will lead a group of talented, speedy players that will be counted on to make plays sideline to sideline. Juniors Hayden Cramer and Luke Bratcher will join Fleischman in that contingent.

Overall, Kinard said the Sandites will need to do a couple of things very well if they hope to be successful this season.

“We have a lot of new faces in the back end on defense and the skill positions offensively,” Kinard said. “We will have to do a great job of running the football with Payton Scott and also do a great job of stopping the run on defense.”

 

Sapulpa Chieftains 

Coach: ROBERT BORGSTADT

Schedule:
8-31 – vs. Edison

9-7 – vs. Claremore 

9-14 – at East Central 

9-21 – vs. Bixby 

9-28 – at Bartlesville

10-5 – vs. Muskogee 

10-12 – vs. Booker T Washington

10-18 – at Shawnee 

10-26 – at Sand Springs

11-2 – vs. Ponca City

Quick Hits:

Sapulpa will face a team from the Tulsa Public Schools district for the seventh consecutive season. The Chieftains are 6-4 against the TPS during that span. 

The Chieftains have not won a playoff game since the 2005 season when they upset Jenks 24-21. 

Dual threat quarterback Eli Williams enjoyed his best game against Ponca City. Williams rushed for 126 yards and a score and threw for 112 more.  

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 1 -9 

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 2-7 

2014 – 1-9 

2013 – 6-6

OFFENSE

After a season that was not up to standard for the program, the team looks to rebuild and regroup around a few fresh faces. The Chieftains will only be returning three starters from last year’s offense. A player that the team will rely on this season will be quarterback Eli Williams (6-4, 220, Jr.). Running the ball after the handoffs from Williams will be running back Marcus Esparza (5-11, 195, Jr.) and running back Te’Zohn Taft (5-10, 175, So.).  Protecting and catching the ball from Williams is tight end Kandon Williams (6-3, 230, Jr.). A player who has size and experience will be offensive linemen Paul Dowdy (6-4, 260, Sr.). “Offensively we will be a balanced offense with multiple weapons to give the ball to,” said head coach Robert Borgstadt. “Defensively we will be a fast, aggressive team that plays with great effort.” 

A change to the offensive coaching staff will be new offensive coordinator Ryan Nolan. 

DEFENSE

On defense, there will be some new players added to the roster with five of last year’s starters returning. There are also a few players from the offensive side of the ball going both ways like linebacker Esparza and cornerback Taft. Joining Esparza in his attempts to interrupt the back field at linebacker will be Caleb Nuttle (5-10, 185, Jr.). Playing on the other side of the field of Taft will be cornerback Markal Durant (5-10, 170, Sr.). Another player that will help the team in the secondary will be Wyatt Hall (5-10, 185, Jr.). 

“Going into my third year, we are stronger and more athletic the previous two,” said coach Borgstadt. “We should turn some heads this year.” 

Some new changes on the defensive coaching staff will be defensive coordinator Pete Carter. Other coaches on the staff are Sal Guerrero, Justin Beacham, Tim Beacham, Ken Zachary, James Burkal, Devin Swift and Scott Rossman. 

 

Shawnee Wolves

Coach: BILLY BROWN 

Schedule:
8-24 – vs. Choctaw

8-31 – at Guthrie

9-14 – at Carl Albert

9-21 – vs. Sand Springs

9-28 – vs. Ponca City

10-5 – at Booker T. Washington

10-12 – at Muskogee

10-18 – vs. Sapulpa

10-26 – at Bixby

11-2 – vs. Bartlesville

Quick Hits:

Shawnee will face Carl Albert for the first time since 2009 on September 14th. The Wolves have won three of the last four meetings in the series. 

Tre’Juan Shaw ran wild against East Central, logging 26 carries for 230 yards and three touchdowns. The Wolves defeated the Cardinals 35-10.

Quarterback Heath Hunter completed 20 of 30 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-28 win over Durant. 

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 7-4 

2016 – 5-6

2015 – 3-6 

2014 – 8-4 

2013 – 9-3 

OFFENSE

With a few new faces along the offensive line that need to develop the play of quarterback Heath Hunter (6-0, 175, Sr.) will be important. It will be tough for Hunter to finish with more yards than the 2,700 he racked up last year but don’t put it past a Shawnee quarterback. He’ll have options in receivers Trenton Skinner (5-11, 170, Sr.), 700 yard receiver last season, and Scout Cawvey (5-8, 155, Jr.), a 400 yard receiver. In the backfield, Trey Shaw (5-9, 170, Sr.), a 700 yard rusher last season, is back and will be joined by move-in Elijah Powis-Lena (6-0, 200, Sr.) at running back. Despite a few kids not returning from last season’s squad coach Billy Brown is excited about this year’s squad.

“I love this group that’s playing. They’ve worked very hard this summer and love the game.”

DEFENSE

Four starters from last year’s defense have either decided not to play or moved districts which will put the emphasis on the four returning starters to step up especially early in the season. Coach Brown and staff will have to find ways to benefit from the speed but lack of size the Wolves have in 2018. Powis-Lena, a move-in from Bethel, will be counted on along the linebacker corps. Shaw will fill an outside linebacker spot after totaling 57 tackles while Reid Stewart (5-11, 225, Sr.) finished 2017 with 78 tackles last year. Along the defensive line Adison Smith (5-10, 185, Sr.) should be a force along the edge while Elijah Bender (6-0, 270, Sr.) is a stopgap in the middle of the line. In the secondary, Nemo Jenkins (5-11, 175, Jr.) should take on a bigger role this season. 

 

Stillwater Pioneers 

Coach: TUCKER BARNARD

Schedule:
8-31 – vs. Edmond Memorial

9-6 – at Norman North

9-14 – vs. Southmoore

9-21 – at Deer Creek

9-28 – vs. Midwest City

10-5 – at Choctaw

10-12 – at Lawton

10-18 – vs. Putnam City West

10-25 – vs. Putnam City

11-2 – at Del CIty

Quick Hits:

Stillwater and Del City will do battle on November 2nd. It’s the first time the two foes have met since 2007 when the Pioneers came away with a 35-20 victory. 

Quarterback Gunnar Gundy completed 21 of 28 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-21 victory over Deer Creek.

Running back Qwontrel Walker enjoyed a huge freshman campaign in 2017. He finished the season by rushing for 255 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown against Bixby. 

Last 5 Years:
2017 – 8-3 

2016 – 5-6

2015 – 5-6 

2014 – 7-4 

2013 – 2-8

OFFENSE

After finishing 8-3 in 2017 the Pioneers are ready to settle the difficult landscape that is 6A-II. Seven starters return to the Stillwater offense this year, possibly none bigger than Gunnar Gundy (6-1, 185, Jr.) who will be the Pioneers’ starting quarterback. As a sophomore Gundy passed for 1,325 yards and threw 12 touchdown passes to just one interception. Anthony Bland (6-3, 190, Jr.) and Jake Smithton (6-2, 183, Jr.) figure to be Gundy’s top two targets on the outside this season.

Another big help to Gundy and the passing game will be Stillwater’s rushing attack. The big name for Stillwater this year when it comes to running the football will be Qwontrel Walker (5-8, 178, So.) who ran for 1,459 yards as a freshman. Stillwater will also have a very strong offensive line led by Sam Smith (6-5, 302, Sr.) and Hazer Xanders (6-4, 290, Sr.).

“Offensively we can pound the ball in the run game when we need to. We are big, and physical on our offensive line and have a talented backfield. We also have a great passer and a lot of talent at wide receiver which makes us dangerous,” Stillwater head coach Tucker Barnard said.

DEFENSE

Stillwater should be strong at every level of its defense this season as they operate out of a 4-3 base. At linebacker Winston Watkins (6-1, 211, Sr.) is back after recording 97 tackles as a junior. Joining Watkins at linebacker will be Sean Preston (5-9, 180, Jr.) who had 66 tackles of his own last fall. On the defensive line Stillwater will be led by Artie Smith (6-1, 248 Sr.) who had 28 tackles to his credit a year ago. Luke McEndoo (6-1, 240, So.) will also play on the defensive line this year for the Pioneers. In the secondary look for Tevin Williams (6-1, 171, So.) and Garrick Martin (6-2, 171, Jr.) to be two of the top playmakers. Overall Barnard said he expects big things from his team this year.

“We have really high expectations this year. We have been really pleased with our progress on and off the field as a whole program. Our numbers are better than ever, our talent is at least as good as it has been and we have better depth than ever.”