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Afton Eagles

COACH: Fred Peery

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 11-2

2014 – 9-3

2015 – 5-6

2016 – 12-1

2017 – 14-0

OFFENSE

It’s not just a new season for the defending Class A State Champion Eagles. There is a new head coach in former McLoud assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Fred Peery. A new quarterback, new running back, and a new goal – back-to-back state champions. Peery succeeds Zach Gardner, now head coach at Miami High School, after a 14-0 championship season for Afton. “We lost a lot of playmakers from last year’s championship team along with a great coach,” said Peery. The spread offense of the Eagles will rely upon the power read and counter with junior Brett Fuser taking over the quarterback duties. The running back duties will be handled by sophomores Weston Amos and Brandon Coombes. There will be times that Amos lines up outside at receiver while juniors Jessie Saylor and Patrick Hallacy. The offensive line will be anchored by junior Braeden Gaines. Last season, the Eagles outscored opponents 33.6 points per game through the five-game playoffs last season including a combined 96 point output in the semifinals and finals combined. 

DEFENSE

The Eagles will work out of a 3-4 defense that relies upon zone blitzes. Gaines is a sideline to sideline player from the middle linebacker spot. He along with junior Cole Mikesell at outside linebacker will give the Eagles a solid one-two punch at the second level of the defense. Anchoring the defensive line is junior Teegan Maupin along with sophomore defensive end Coombes. The secondary will feature junior safeties Fuser and Saylor to set the tone from the last line of defense. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Barnsdall

9-7 – vs. Tulsa Webster

9-14 – Vs. Salina 

9-21 – vs. Commerce

9-28 – at Quapaw 

10-5 – at Colcord 

10-12 – vs. Fairland

10-18 – at Oklahoma Union 

10-26 – vs. Rejoice Christian 

11-2 – at Ketchum 

 

Allen Mustangs

COACH: STEPHEN CALDWELL
Last 5 Years:

2013 – 6-5

2014 – 5-5

2015 – 6-5

2016 – 5-6

2017 – 8-3

OFFENSE

The Mustangs make the move from Class B to Class A this year bringing a new set of challenges for coach Stephen Caldwell and his staff. Fortunately, they return a good nucleus of skilled players and a massive line that gained a lot of experience last year while learning the ropes. Quarterback Aaron Dockrey (6-1, 185, Sr.) hopes to take the Mustangs to their fourth straight trip to the playoffs after his first year at the helm saw him put up impressive numbers with over 1700 yards passing and 23 touchdowns and another 721 yards rushing as the Mustang offense averaged over 35 points per game. He’ll have plenty of help in the ground pounding department with Trapper Simpson (5-10, 230, Sr.) who carried for 500 yards returning at the fullback spot in the spread offense as well as Wyatt Murphy (5-10, 185, Sr.) who also ran for about 500 yards at running back. And for good measure, the Mustangs also have Chisum Lee who can fill in at several positions. They’ll be experienced at receiver with Boone Brecheen (5-9, 165, Jr.) and tight end Hunter Simpson (6-6, 205, Sr.) offering a big target for Dockrey. They’ll be few defensive fronts that will get through Allen’s offensive line of Trent Fronterhouse (6-3, 270), Tarian Harris (6-2, 265), Colton Howard (6-0, 275), Mika Walker (6-1, 335), Colton Dyer (6-2, 240), and Chad Alexander (6-5, 285).

DEFENSE

Caldwell will use some of his linemen both ways, but their depth will make that easier. Dyer and Howard will be on the front line with Lee, who Caldwell says has a great nose for the football, Trapper Simpson and Kason Smith (6-1, 190, Jr.) returning at linebacker and the athletic Airyn Knighten (5-10, 170, Jr.) and Brandon Roniss (6-1, 175, Sr.) back patrolling the secondary in Caldwell’s 4-2-5 defense.  

“I feel like we will be a team that’s ready to go in a very competitive district come September. 

We’re excited to get an opportunity to compete with some really good teams,” said Caldwell.

SCHEDULE

8-31- vs. Tishomingo

9-7- at Stratford

9-14- at Dibble

9-21- vs. Wewoka

9-28- at Wynnewood

10-5- vs. Liberty

10-12- at Konawa

10-18- vs. Mounds

10-25- at Stroud

11-2 – vs. Wayne

 

Barnsdall Panthers

COACH: KYLE SWEENEY

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 5-6

2014 – 4-6

2015 – 4-6

2016 – 7-4

2017 – 7-4

OFFENSE

The Panthers look to run the ball once again this season behind a big physical offensive line that returns Chance McGill (5-10, 235, Jr.), Matthew Lucas (5-11, 245, Jr.) and Cash Perrier (6-4, 280, Jr.) all of whom totaled 25-plus pancake blocks last year. The play of the offensive line will benefit the play of running back Michael Marin (5-9, 165, Jr.) who totaled 1,500 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago. Marin finished with six rushing touchdowns and 779 yards on the ground as he nearly split his yardage 50-50 as a sophomore. Head Coach Kyle Sweeney feels that Marin should have an even bigger season in 2018. Joe Cole will replace four-year starter James Cole who graduated this spring. Joe is athletic which will make him dangerous to opposing defenses that must look to contain him in the pocket but must also respect his arm and accuracy downfield. Joe Smith (5-9, 175, Sr.) will be another option out of the backfield after rushing for nearly 1,000 yards last year. Heath Moles (6-1, 185, Jr.) returns after missing all of last season due to injury. As a freshman, Moles pulled in 30 receptions for 400 yards in 2016 while Christian Warford (6-0, 155, Sr.) also returns at receiver after missing last season. Those two along with Wesley Yarber (5-11, 185, Sr.) should help ease Joe Cole’s transition to quarterback in the Shotgun and Pistol formation the Panthers operate out of. 

DEFENSE

With seven returners on the defensive side the Panthers will benefit from the return of Lorenzo Osuna (6-3, 310, Sr.) at defensive tackle along with Smith, who is coming off back-to-back double digit sack seasons. The defensive line has great depth and should be a strength this season.  Coming off back-to-back 100 plus tackle seasons, middle linebacker Ky Allen (5-10, 165, Sr.) is back for his final season. He’ll be the leader of what is an experienced squad for Barnsdall with 25-plus upperclassmen suiting out this year. At outside linebacker Yarber and Cole will start. The secondary is an athletic, physical group that bring excellent length to the backfield including senior Logan Lanphear (6-1, 145).

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Caney Valley 

8-31 – at Afton 

9-7 – vs. Drumright 

9-14 – at Hominy 

9-21 – vs. Pawhuska 

9-28 – at Langston Hughes 

10-5 – vs. Morrison 

10-12 – at Pawnee 

10-18 – vs. Tonkawa 

10-26 – at Woodland 

 

Beaver Dusters

COACH: TITUS BURRELL

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 2-8

2014 – 5-5

2015 – 4-6

2016 – 1-9

2017 – 0-10

OFFENSE

The Dusters’ West Coast-Multiple scheme offense will look to change up a few looks and try to keep defenses on their toes. First year head coach Titus Burrell will benefit from six starters returning along the offensive side of the ball. For the Dusters to turn around it will take a whole team effort that will start with the play of quarterback Hunter Wilkerson (6-1, 175, Sr.). Last season, Wilkerson finished with 828 passing yards, 110 receiving yards, 38 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Spokes Johnson (6-0, 170, So.) is an athletic talent for the Dusters but will spend time at running back according to coach Burrell. Wide receiver Clay Pugh (6-5, 230, So.) brings excellent size giving Wilkerson a big target in the passing game. The offensive line will be anchored by a trio that should set the tone for Beaver as a team in Nick Almond (6-0, 230, Jr.), Allan Garcia (6-0, 210, Jr.), and Christian Story (6-2, 350, Sr.). 

DEFENSE

The 4-3 defense of the Dusters will rely upon solid play from the linebacking corps. Almond sets the tone as evidenced by his 48 tackles last year. He’ll be joined by Johnson and Zacc Hugg (6-0, 225, So.) at linebacker giving Beaver good experience at the second line of defense. The coaching staff will look towards Wilkerson at safety as a solid last line of defense with corners Gabe Harris (6-0, 165, Sr.) and Elias Burrell (6-0, 155, So.). “This is a great group of young men to start a rebuilding process with a great group to regain school pride with and I hope their character can be a hope to others,” said coach Burrell. 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Merritt

8-31 – vs. Stanton County, Kan.

9-14 – at Booker, Texas

9-21 – at Okeene

9-28 – vs. OBA

10-5 – at Hooker

10-12 – vs. Texhoma

10-18 – at Fairview

10-26 – vs. Thomas

11-2 – at Mooreland

 

Boone-Apache Warriors

COACH: Larry McDaniel

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 11-3

2014 – 10-1

2015 – 5-4

2016 – 9-2

2017 – 9-3

OFFENSE 

Nine starters return to the offensive side of the ball for head coach Larry McDaniel and the Warriors are excited to take the field with this experienced group. Leading the offense is quarterback Landon McCracken (6-1, 165, Sr.). McCracken completed 202 passes on 309 attempts for 2,591 yards and 29 touchdowns. McCracken will have some weapons in his quiver with Jaylon Maguire (5-10, 160, Sr.) at wide receiver and Marcus Mindemann (6-1, 190, Jr.) at running back. Mindemann brings power and speed to the backfield and he doesn’t shy from contact. Cooper Love (5-10, 170, Sr.) is another weapon in the slot for McCracken. At center look for Tyler Oliver (6-1, 230, Sr.) to anchor the line and help younger linemen at the line of scrimmage who may be in starting roles for the first time. 

DEFENSE 

McCracken will start at corner with Maguire playing the opposite side of the field and Love at free safety. Bryce Baltierra (5-10, 170, Sr.) is the starting strong safety and a player that coach McDaniel is excited to turn loose this season. Kyler Vanderbrock (5-11, 185, Jr.) and Mindemann will shore up the linebacker position. Both guys bring a physical style of play to the position and have no off-switch. Defensive end Titus Haury (6-3, 220, Sr.) brings strength and good technique to the defense and will go both ways starting at tackle on offense. Duke Hall (5-11, 185, Jr.) will join Haury on the line playing the opposite end position and will see time on offense at fullback. Look for the Warriors to run a 4-2-5 defense with an emphasis on aggressive, physical play. 

SCHEDULE 

8-31 – OPEN 

9-7 – vs. Hobart

9-14 – at Mangum

9-21 – at Healdton

9-28 – vs. Walters

10-5 – at Velma-Alma

10-12 – vs. Rush Springs

10-19 – at Elmore City

10-26 – at Dibble

11-2 – vs. Ringling

 

Cashion Wildcats

COACH: LYNN SHACKLEFORD

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 10-3

2014 – 14-1

2015 – 12-3

2016 – 9-3

2017 – 9-3

OFFENSE

The spread offense of the Wildcats will be led by the play of Griffin Lamb (5-10, 180, Sr.) at quarterback. His experience along with that of running back T.J. Roberts (6-1, 200, Jr.) will be very beneficial for 15th year head coach Lynn Shackelford and staff. The Wildcats have three returners along the offensive line. Tackle Brandon Collier (6-1, 260, Jr.) is back and should only improve with more experience and playing time. At guard, Ryan Baker (6-3, 200, Jr.) is back as well and should help provide a nice wall for Lamb and Roberts. The receiving corps is experienced and will give Lamb plenty of playmakers outside. Alex Nabavi (6-0, 175, Jr.) and Austin Vandruff (6-4, 180, Jr.) will lead the way for the receiving group. 

DEFENSE

Cashion brings plenty of experience back to the defensive side of the ball especially within the box with eight returners. Gunner Simpson (6-2, 240, Jr.) is back at defensive tackle while defensive end Harley Miller (6-2, 230, Jr.) can provide a push for the Wildcats off the edge. In the middle of the linebacking corps, Caden Harrell (6-1, 220, So.) will be an anchor for the defense. He’ll be flanked by Bryce Miller (5-9, 190, Jr.) and Jacob Farrow (5-10, 200, So.) at outside linebacker of the 4-3 defense. Safety Brexten Green (5-10, 170, So.) is a good athlete that sets the tone for an athletic secondary. 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Drumright

8-31 – at Prague

9-7 – at Northeast

9-14 – vs. Crescent

9-21 – at Christian Heritage

9-28 – vs. Wellston

10-5 – vs. Oklahoma Christian Academy

10-19 – vs. Watonga

10-26 – at Crossings Christian

11-2 – at Minco

 

Central Sallisaw Tigers

COACH: JEREMY THOMPSON

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 5-6

2014 – 8-3

2015 – 7-4

2016 – 1-8

2017 – 6-5
OFFENSE

After a disappointing 2016, the Tigers rebounded into the winning side of the ledger and the Class A playoffs in 2017 and anticipation is high for this coming season among coach Jeremy Thompson and his staff. Although there are eight back on the offense for the Tigers, the question of signal caller will have to be addressed first. It appears to be a battle between Kordell Jiles (6-1, 180, Sr.) and Hayden Caughman (5-9, 175, Jr.) who saw some playing time at quarterback last season. Whoever throws the ball, there will be some experienced targets as both Caughman and Jiles played wide receiver along with Jackson Brewer (5-9, 160, Sr.). Bryce Edwards (6-0, 185, Jr.) was the workhorse in the running game last season and will be back to add to his numbers this year. A couple of seniors Trayvon Burch (6-0, 180) and center Martin Pettit (6-0, 215) will be the heart of the offensive line.

“Our offense has lots of big play potential with good speed and the ability to run a balanced attack,” said Thompson.

DEFENSE

The Tigers defense lost only a couple of faces from a solid squad last year and should really be a machine that creates turnovers and assist with field position for the Central offense. Defensive ends Canyon Deem (6-0, 210, Sr.) and Michael Ryder (5-10, 235, Jr.) along with tackle Jarren Ball (5-10, 210, Sr.) will create nightmares for opposing linemen at the heart of the 3-4 defense. Taylor Cottrell (6-0, 190, Sr.) and Garrett Holt (5-9, 180, Jr.) will provide experience at the linebacker spots while rangy Tanner Loggins (6-3, 195, Sr.)  will be the lock down guy in the secondary. Caughman and Jiles also have experience in the defensive backfield.

“We’ll be very aggressive with good speed to help create turnovers,” said Thompson. “Overall we’re looking forward to the upcoming season with big expectations.”

SCHEDULE

8-23 – vs. Keys

8-30 – vs. Panama

9-7 – at Pocola

9-14 – at Chouteau

9-21 – vs. Warner

9-28 – vs. Savanna

10-5 – OPEN

10-12 – at Talihina

10-18 – vs. Hulbert

10-26 – at Porter

11-2 – vs. Gore

 

CHRISTIAN HERITAGE Crusaders: 

Coach: TONY MERRELL

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 8-4

2014 – 9-3 

2015 – 5-6

2016 – 8-4

2017 – 7-4

OFFENSE

A dynamic offense and a hard-working defense can only mean trouble for the rest of A-3. Christian Heritage returns six starters on offense including one of the class’s best players in Bridge Bullard (5-11, 185, Sr.). Bullard racked up some serious yards last season. He accounted for 2,823 all-purpose yards and 34 total touchdowns. The wide out/running back hybrid is a threat every time he touches the ball. Quarterback Zach Hale (6-2, 205, Sr.) is another dynamic player coach Tony Merrell has on the roster. Hale had 1,702 total yards last year with 13 touchdowns. Jayden Tyson (5-10, 160, Jr.) caught 21 balls for 237 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. This trio is a formidable group. Don’t overlook Carson Bullard (6-1, 170, Jr.), another wide out that’s ready to get in the action. Up front look for two veteran linemen in Josh Condreay (6-0, 210, Sr.) and Dillon Best (5-11, 255, Jr.). Condreay will start at left tackle and best will start at center. 

DEFENSE 

The defensive unit will feature many of the same names from offense. Hale will start at safety where he recorded an amazing amount of tackles last season (222) with eight interceptions and four forced fumbles. He also recovered eight fumbles. Bridge Bullard will start at one corner with Carson Bullard playing the opposite corner. Bridge accounted for 212 tackles and five picks last year, while Carson grabbed 17 tackles and had two picks of his own. Condreay moves to linebacker where he registered 58 tackles last season, 12 for a loss. Condreay also added seven sacks. Tyson also starts on defense playing the other safety spot. Tyson had 57 tackles and two interceptions in 2017. Clancy Bruce (6-1, 225, Sr.) shores up the defensive line. His production is crucial for the overall success of the defense. The coaching staff includes Troop Bullard (DC), Nic Davis, Rod Wolfard, AJ Ferguson, Chad Cargill, Jim West, and John Merrell. 

“Really looking forward to working with this group of young men. They have worked hard in the offseason and have a chance to be successful in a very good district,” said coach Merrell. 

SCHEDULE 

8-31 – at Mount St. Mary 

9-7 – at Wellston 

9-14 – vs. Northeast Academy 

9-21 – vs. Cashion 

9-28 – OPEN

10-5 – vs. Crossings Christian 

10-12 – at OCA 

10-18 – vs. Minco 

10-26 – at Watonga 

11-2 – at Crescent 

 

COLCORD HORNETS : 

Coach: AUSTIN MARTIN  

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 7-4

2014 – 11-2 

2015 – 7-4

2016 – 3-7

2017 – 5-6

OFFENSE

Head coach Austin Martin takes over a Colcord Hornets team that went 5-6 in 2017. Coach Martin has liked what he has seen in spring practice and summer pride workouts are going well. 

“Excited about the work and time athletes have put in during spring and early summer. They have football on their minds,” said coach Martin. 

Running the spread offense is quarterback Raven Difrancisco (5-10, 180, Sr.). The senior can run with the ball and find the open man in the passing game. One guy he will look for is tight end Chad Kendrick (6-6, 245, Sr.). A big target, Kendrick can also make blocks at the line or downfield. Speaking of blockers, look for Colten Dale (6-1, 220, Sr.) at tackle and Benton Denny (5-11, 190, Sr.) at guard. Running back Blake Gonzalez (5-6, 155, Jr.) will benefit from having those three making holes. Dustin Foreman (5-9, 175, Sr.) is the main target in the passing game. 

DEFENSE 

Jaden Chandler (5-7, 180, Jr.) leads the 3-4 defense from his outside linebacker spot with fellow linebacker Hayden Duncan (5-11, 185, So.). Both guys are quick to the ball and love the physical aspect of the game. A.J. Nichols (5-9, 250, So.) will wreak havoc from his one technique and Tyler Duncan (6-0, 210, Jr.) will come off the edge at end. Malcolm Potter (5-10, 175, Sr.) is a thumper at inside linebacker and Aidan Parker (5-9, 175, So.) is an exciting safety to watch in the secondary. 

SCHEDULE 

8-30 – at Kansas 

9-7 – vs. Westville 

9-14 – vs. Porter 

9-21 – vs. Quapaw 

9-28 – at Commerce 

10-5 – vs. Afton 

10-12 – at Ketchum 

10-18 – at Fairland 

10-26 – vs. Oklahoma Union 

11-2 – at Rejoice Christian 

 

COMMERCE TIGERS : 

Coach: STEVE MOSS

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 11-1

2014 – 3-7 

2015 – 6-5 

2016 – 6-5

2017 – 9-4

OFFENSE

This will be Commerce’s first year competing in Class A and they are looking to make some noise this season. The offense sticks with the tried-and-true split backs that the Tigers have worked for over 20 years, but this year they will also look to become more multiple and put the ball in the air more than in the past.

Quarterback Hayden Moss (6-1, 175, Sr.) will remain a strong leader for the offense. Moss holds the school record in passing yards and touchdown passes, having a career total of 3,526 yards and 37 passing touchdowns. The team also looks to running back and four-year starter Chris Ibarra (5-10, 190, Sr.) for leadership. Ibarra, a VYPE Top 100 selection this season, is known for giving his all on the field, allowing him to accumulate a total of 2,807 rushing yards which he will add to this season, possibly even breaking his own school record. Fullback Ryan Dunbar (6-1, 195, Sr.) will be another one to watch this season who will play an important offensive role.

DEFENSE

The Tigers rely on multiple defensive schemes to ensure that their opponents will find them difficult to block correctly. Their biggest challenge on this side of the ball will be rallying everyone to the ball. They will be emphasizing this from day one. 

Linebacker Brandon Brown (5-9, 190, Sr.) and defensive end Jayke Murphy (5-10, 215, Sr.) will be leaders in the defense. They will be joined by other returning starters Caden Pickard (5-10, 180, Jr.), Caleb Eulitt (5-5, 150, Jr.), Casey Perry (5-11, 180, Jr.), and Kolby Dean (5-10, 185, So.). 

Head coach Steve Moss is very confident in his team’s success this year. He expects them to compete for a district championship and to make a strong push in the playoffs. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – at Adair

9-7 – vs. Green Forrest, AR

9-14 – vs. Frontenac, KS

9-21 – at Afton

9-28 – vs. Colcord

10-5 – at Fairland

10-12 – vs. OK Union

10-18 – at Rejoice Christian

10-26 – vs. Ketchum

11-2 – at Quapaw

 

Cordell Blue Devils

COACH: DUSTIN BEASLEY

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 5-6 

2014 – 8-3

2015 – 8-3

2016 – 8-4

2017 – 8-3

OFFENSE 

Coming back for his tenth year is head coach Dustin Beasley. After coaching his team to a winning season, he will hope that a few key returning players will get them to a playoff run. On offense the team will be retuning six offense starters with a good number of seniors. Running the offense will be quarterback Koby Celsor (5-8, 150, Sr.). The Blue Devils will count on him to lead the team and make so offense connection with Drayton Maddox (5-10, 180, Sr.). If Maddox has some of the same roles this season as he did last year, he will be a duel threat running the ball at running back and playing out wide at times to catch passes.  Another player that shows potential at offense for Cordell is wide receiver Kolby Rivera (6-1, 155, Sr.). Protecting the backfield will be Paxton Switzer (6-4, 255, Sr.), who is a lineman with good speed and footwork when it comes to blocking. This season coach Beasley believes he will be a top team in his district, saying “this team has the potential to make some noise.”

DEFENSE 

On defense the team will also have a lot of experience with some two-sided players. The team will be returning six of last years defensive starter with Switzer, Maddox, and Rivera leading the defense for the Blue Devils. Switzer could be on the defensive line again this season. Last year he showed off his speed to get downhill and make some tackles in the backfield. One of the more athletic players on the defense is Maddox, that could be playing linebacker this season. Showing his speed running back last year, Maddox showed he is smart and strong enough to be a force on defense. A guy that could be joining Maddox at the linebacker position is Rivera, who has the size to stop most running backs in their tracks in Class A football. 

SCHEDULE 

8-24 – at Mooreland 

8-31 – vs. Okeene 

9-7 – OPEN 

9-14 – at Thomas 

9-21 – vs. Merritt 

9-28 – at Sayre 

10-5 – vs. Hinton 

10-12 – at Frederick 

10-19 – vs. Hobart 

10-26 – vs. Hollis 

11-2 – at Magnum 

 

Crescent Tigers

COACH: J.L. FISHER

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 7-4

2014 – 0-10

2015 – 7-5

2016 – 10-3

2017 – 14-1

OFFENSE

The Crescent Tigers are coming into the 2018 football season with some big momentum. They had a fantastic season last year, winning 14 games and only losing one. They fought through the Class A playoffs but ultimately lost to Afton in the final game. A team that can reach state runner-up is a team that can win it all, and that is what the Tigers are setting their sights on this year.

Although the team lost some strong seniors last year, the offense will see six starters returning. Quarterback Hunter Bowers (6-3, 220, Sr.) had 2,500 passing yards and 1,200 rushing last year, resulting in 56 touchdowns. Expect even more this year as Bowers plays his last season at Crescent. 

Watch for Jacob Johnson (6-1, 185, Sr.) and Trystin Roles (6-1, 160, Sr.) in receiving positions to be quick targets for Bowers. Power pistol looks are the name of the Tigers game this season.

Holding down the offensive line is Kaavn Green (6-2, 270, Sr.), Dawson Hornbeck (6-0, 230, Sr.), and Jarret Mains (5-8, 225, Sr.). 

According to Coach Fisher, this is a dedicated group of seniors who lead by example, and are ready to maintain and build upon what they accomplished last year.

DEFENSE

The top defensive players are the same group of seniors who will be the power behind the offense; Bowers at defensive end, Green and Hornbeck at tackle, Mains as a linebacker, and Johnson in the secondary.

Add junior Trent Fisher (6-2, 190) to the mix as a defensive end looking to make an impact on the DL when he’s not receiving on the offense.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Woodland

8-31 – at Morrison

9-7 – vs. OCA

9-14 – at Cashion

9-21 – vs. Watonga

9-28 – at Crossings Christian

10-5 – OPEN

10-12 – at Minco

10-18 – at Wellston

10-26 – vs. Northeast

11-2 – vs. CHA

 

Crossings Christian Knights

COACH: JONATHAN KEATHLY  

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 3-7

2014 – 7-4

2015 – 5-5

2016 – 3-7

2017 – 5-6

OFFENSE 

Not finishing in the standings where they like last year the Knights are ready to get back on their horse and prepare for battle this season. The team will be returning eight of last year’s offensive starters with one of those players being quarterback Owen Crotts (5-10, 160, So.). Completing just under 60 passes for 588 yards and five touchdowns his freshmen season, Crotts showed he deserves to be in this position as a young player on the team. Catching the ball at wide receiver will be the senior duo Coleman Patterson (5-11, 170, Sr.) and Grayson Ramer (5-10, 170, Sr.) combining for just a little under 300 yards receiving, the wideouts got four touchdowns on 25 receptions last season. Sharing touches this year will be running backs Cole McMurphy (6-0, 185, Sr.) and Jacob Synder (6-0, 195, Jr.). The stats on these two are almost Identical so it’s hard to judge who is the better ball carrier. The two both ran the ball in for nine touchdowns last season with McMurphy having a total of 648 yards rushing and Snyder totaled 649 yards rushing.  

DEFENSE 

Just like offense the team will be returning eight of last year’s defensive starters with some of the same faces on this side of the ball. The three linebackers in the Knights 4-3 defense will be outside linebacker McMurphy, middle linebacker Snyder and the other outside linebacker Ryan Brady (6-0, 190, Sr.). Leading the troops of linebackers is McMurphy, that tackled the other team 103 times last season with 16 of those tackles resulting in a loss of yardage. Snyder had 70 tackles on the year with one sack for his team and Brady got 55 tackles with two resulting in negative yardage for his opponents. Playing the same positions as they do on offense, the two cornerbacks will be Patterson and Ramer. Both found a way to get defensive turnovers for their team last season with Patterson getting three interceptions and Ramer recording two. 

“Defensively we expect to be very good again this season,” said head coach Jonathan Keathly. “We will have lots of speed in our back seven and will be very aggressive with them.”

SCHEDULE 

8-24 – at Community Christian

8-31 – vs. Rejoice Christian

9-7 – at Minco

9-14 – vs. Watonga

9-21 – at OKC Northeast 

9-28 – vs. Crescent

10-5 – at Christian Heritage 

10-12 –  vs. Wellston 

10-18 – at Oklahoma Christian 

10-26 – vs. Cashion 

 

Dibble Demons: 

Coach: Jacob Offolter 

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 4-6

2014 – 5-6 

2015 – 3-7

2016 – 6-4

2017 – 8-4

OFFENSE 

Dibble and new head coach Jacob Offolter will base out of the wishbone this season, utilizing the talent they have in the backfield. Offolter said the offense wants to control the clock with the ground game. Several guys are looking to tote the rock this season including Ty Sparks (5-8, 160, Sr.). Sparks has serious speed and excellent vision. Nathan Malchaski (6-1, 220, Jr.) is a bruising fullback. Two players are competing for the quarterback job. Colton Hager (5-9, 175, Jr.) and Garrett Mackenzie (5-8, 178, Jr.) are both excellent options at quarterback and both will see significant playing time. The offensive line features Bryson Laney (5-10, 260, Sr.) and Austin Malchaski (6-0, 220, Jr.). 

DEFENSE 

Look for the Demon defense to play an aggressive, physical style of play. They will base out of the 50-defense. Several players will go both ways for the Demons this season. After graduating guys like Hunter Hamby and Heath Lewis, finding replacements linebackers and defensive ends is the top priority. Coach Offolter will need some of his younger players to step up this season and take on the challenge playing varsity football. Levi Blankenship (5-9, 260, Sr.) and Drake Harmon (5-10, 240, Sr.) will start at defensive tackle with Juan Rea (5-8, 235, Sr.) seeing time there as well. Mackenzie will start at outside linebacker with Dakota Shiflett (5-8, 140, So.) playing in the secondary. Tryndan Garrett (5-10, 175, So.) is another outside linebacker coach Offolter will depend on for big plays this season. Advances in the weight room and a good spring practice will help the Demons come late August. 

SCHEDULE 

8-24 – at Hobart 

8-31 – vs. Minco 

9-7 – at Lexington 

9-14 vs. Allen 

9-21 – vs. ECP 

9-28 – at Rush Springs 

10-5 – vs. Ringling 

10-11 – at Walters 

10-17 – vs. Healdton 

10-27 – vs. Apache 

11-3 – at Velma-Alma

 

Drumright Tornadoes

COACH: BRANDON BLIZZARD

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 1-9

2014 – 6-4

2015 – 6-4

2016 – 4-6

2017 – 5-5

OFFENSE

Drumright football is getting back on track as head coach Brandon Blizzard has fully implemented his system in his second season as lead man. He returns four starters from last year’s team including Trevor Jones (5-9, 195, So.) at quarterback. Last season as a freshman Jones threw for 2,145 yards on 102 completions with 21 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,038 yards on 105 carries, scoring 11 touchdowns. Another player to watch on the ground is Nick Worthy (6-1, 215, Jr.). Worthy carried the ball 52 times for 538 yards and six touchdowns. A pair of wide receivers are expected to have a big impact this season. Hunter Kirby (5-8, 180, Jr.) and Cale Hollabaugh (6-3, 170, Jr.) can stretch the field and give Jones two open targets to find in the passing game. The offensive line will feature David Krueger (6-5, 290, Sr.) and Dave Tuttle (5-8, 165, Sr.). Krueger will start at tackle with Tuttle playing one of the guard spots. 

“We feel like we are once again in one of the toughest districts in Class A. I feel like our kids have put in the work, and are looking forward to making a push to the next level in our program,” said coach Blizzard. 

DEFENSE

Gary Harper (6-0, 200, Sr.) leads the defense from his middle linebacker spot where he made 107 tackles, five sacks and forced four fumbles. Kesean Randall (6-0, 315, Sr.) will start at noseguard where his ability to plug the middle will allow Harper to roam freely. Brayden Kelly (5-10, 190, Jr.) is a hard-hitting safety the Tornadoes will need to make big plays this season. Worthy and Jones will join Harper at linebacker giving Drumright some serious star-power at the position. Anthony Richburg (5-7, 235, Jr.) is a defensive end expected to contain the edge and pressure the quarterback. The coaching staff consists of Scott Hollabaugh, Jeff Butler, Tony Harper and Jeff Blizzard. 

SCHEDULE 

8-24 – at Cashion 

8-31 – vs. Hulbert 

9-7 – at Barnsdall 

9-14 – vs. Tonkawa 

9-21 – OPEN 

9-28 – vs. Hominy 

10-5 – vs. Pawhuska 

10-12 – at Langston Hughes 

10-18 – vs. Morrison 

10-26 – at Pawnee 

11-2 – at Woodland 

 

Elmore City-Pernell BADGERS

COACH: LARRY LEWIS

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 7-5

2014 – 6-5

2015 – 3-7

2016 – 3-7

2017 – 1-9

OFFENSE 

The Badgers welcome new head coach Larry Lewis to the family as they look to remove the memories of a 1-9 season a year ago. The new head coach is eager to get the season underway.

“Excited about a new challenge in a tough district,” said Lewis. “Kids are working hard and buying in to the changes. We will compete hard!” 

Quarterback Kyle Lewis (5-10, 170, Sr.) will lead the charge this season giving the coaching staff a QB that can get it done through the air and on the ground. The Badgers will run a multi-set offense with a strong running attack led by Seth McCaa (6-2, 195, Sr.) and Dalton Brewer (5-10, 160, Sr.). In the play-action passing game, Gunner Martin (5-9, 165, Sr.) will be the main target. Jarin Corro (6-0, 320, Sr.) and Logan Venegas (5-10, 235, Jr.) will anchor the offensive line at tackle and guard respectively. 

DEFENSE 

The Badgers will run a 4-4 defense with Corro at the one-technique and Kolby Digby (6-1, 215, Jr.) playing end. Digby is mirrored by Billy Brown (6-0, 200, Jr.) at the opposite end of the line. Both guys can motor and get up field. McCaa will start at linebacker with Davry Amparano (5-10, 170, So.). Lewis looks to shore up the secondary, but a few younger players may need to step up and embrace being every-down starters at the varsity level. The coaching staff will consist of Willie Harrell, Tim Johnson and Greg Collins. 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Wayne 

8-31 – vs. Wynnewood 

9-7 – at Marietta 

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – at Dibble 

9-28 – vs. Velma-Alma 

10-5 – at Rush Springs 

10-12 – vs. Healdton 

10-18 – vs. Apache 

10-26 – at Ringling 

11-2 – vs. Walters  

 

Fairland Owls

COACH: KENT MARSHALL

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 4-6
2014 – 3-7

2015 – 7-4

2016 – 3-7

2017 – 4-6

OFFENSE 

Head coach Kent Marshall and assistant coaches Justin Goins and Jordan Padberg are ready for the 2018 season to kick off. The Owls return seven starters from last year’s team and are looking forward to seeing their development after a good spring practice. Charles Reed (5-6, 180, Jr) returns as one of three running backs the Owls will use this season. Reed rushed for 1,017 yards on 153 carries last year. He also scored seven touchdowns. Reed’s productivity was big-time for the Owls last year and will be crucial for their success this season. Michael Foust (5-6, 180, Sr.) added 422 yards of his own on 43 carries, while Brendan Foust (5-7, 190, Sr.) makes the move to the backfield. Grant Harden (6-0, 220 Sr.) leads the offensive line alongside Jamal Morris (6-0, 200, Sr.). Cole Cawlfield (6-0, 170, Sr.) will start at receiver giving the Owls a threat downfield. Coach Marshall and the staff must find a quarterback and shore up the rest of the offensive line. 

“Expectations are high. How we handle the summer preparation and deal with the expectations will go a long way towards reaching our goals,” said Marshall. 

DEFENSE 

Harden will stay on the field and start on the defensive line. Last season Harden registered 67 tackles from his tackle spot. Brendan Foust will join Harden upfront. Foust has experience on the line and works well with Harden in the trenches. James Handrich (5-10, 180, Jr.) is one of the top linebackers in the class. Handrich accounted for 158 tackles last year proving he is as productive as they come. Michael Foust is another sideline to sideline linebacker for the Owls. Foust notched 55 tackles and had a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Cawlfield will shore up the secondary where he grabbed 61 tackles and four interceptions in 2017. Jay Padberg (6-0, 200, Sr.) is a quick defensive end that can get to the quarterback. Padberg had 65 tackles last season. Look for the Owls to base out of the 4-3. 

SCHEDULE 

8-31 – at Wyandotte 

9-7 – vs. Chelsea 

9-14 – OPEN 

9-21 – vs. Ketchum 

9-28 – at Rejoice Christian 

10-5 – vs. Commerce 

10-12 – at Afton 

10-23 – vs. Colcord 

10-31 – vs. Quapaw 

11-7 – vs. Oklahoma Union 

 

FAIRVIEW YELLOWJACKETS

COACH: ROBERT BERNARD

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 7-4

2014 – 7-5

2015 – 6-5

2016 – 8-5

2017 – 6-6

OFFENSE

Returning seven starters on offense the Yellowjackets are hoping their experience and up-tempo offense leads them to a wining season, after going 6-6 last year. Quarterback Kade Dillard (5-11, 180, Sr.) is one of those veteran players for the Yellowjackets. He is a two-year starter with over 3,600 yards passing for 29 touchdowns and over 1,900 yards rushing with 21 touchdowns. The team will have three outstanding wide receivers this year, Chad McGolden (6-0, 170, Sr.), Michael Wheeler (5-10, 165, Sr.) and Zach Ramay (6-2 ,175 Sr.). McGolden had 40 catches for 470 yards last season with three touchdowns and Wheeler scored six touchdowns with 48 catches for 710 yards. Also, with the speed of Ramay, who placed 1st at state in the 400-meter dash in May, this trio will be a hard-offensive force to beat. Third year head coach Robert Bernard will also return his back-field work force Jaden jones (5-11, 165, Sr.) who carried the ball 165 times last season for 874 yards with seven touchdowns.

DEFENSE

Just like the other side of the ball the Yellowjackets are stacked with experienced players on defense. The team will be returning nine starters with one of those players being linebacker Andrew Houk (6-1, 180, Jr.) that recorded 150 tackles and one interception last season. Playing defensive end for the Yellowjackets this season will be Sam Arthur (6-1, 190, Sr.) who frequently gets to the ball carrier with 66 tackles last season and Ramay with tremendous speed getting 22 tackles for his team last year. Dillard and McGolden will be the two safeties for the team who combined for six interceptions with both players getting over 60 tackles each last season. Adam welch (6-0, 175, Sr.) will be looking to have another outstanding year at defensive line after making 74 tackles for the team last year.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Perry

8-31 –  at Chisholm 

9-14 – at Alva

9-21 – at Texhoma

9-27 – vs. Hooker

10-5 – vs. Thomas 

10-12 – at Mooreland

10-18 – vs. Beaver

10-26 –  at Okeene

 

FREDERICK BOMBERS

Coach: BRET TYLER 

Last 5 Years:
2012 – 13-1

2013 – 4-7

2014 – 1-9 

2015 – 1-9

2016 – 1-8

2017 – 4-6

OFFENSE

Operating out of a pistol offense, the Bombers have a solid group of players ready to put some points on the board this year. They will see four starters returning to the field. Ryder Ramirez (6-2, 220, Sr.) will be one of the main offensive players as a tight end. The run game is looking like the offense’s biggest strength this year. Contributing to success in that area will be Trey Wright (6-1, 230, Jr.) as a fullback, Jonathan Higuera (5-9, 170, Sr.) as a wide receiver, and Kyle Edwards (5-8, 165, So.) at running back. Daniel Contreras (6-4, 240, Sr.) will be an anchor for the O-line. Sophomore Zac Mathews (5-9, 165) will have to adjust quickly as he steps in at quarterback.

DEFENSE

The Bombers have a fast and physical defense that will be relied upon a lot this season. Coach Tyler believes that they could have one of the top defensive squads in their area. With six returning starters, most of them seniors, this side of the ball will definitely have the experience to back them up.

Linebackers Diego Reyes (6-0, 185, Sr.) and Malachi Newton (5-9, 190, Sr.) will be some of the top defensive players to watch. Ramirez and Wright will show up on this side of the ball as defensive ends, and Contreras as defensive tackle. JJ Tittle (6-0, 175, Sr.) will be an asset in the backfield at defensive back. The drop to Class A should work in favor of the team, and Brett Tyler is excited about this group’s potential.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Comanche 

8-31 – at Wellington 

9-7 – OPEN 

9-14 – vs. Velma-Alma 

9-21 – at Sayre 

9-28 – vs. Mangum 

10-5 – at Merritt 

10-12 – vs. Cordell 

10-19 – at Hollis 

10-26 – vs. Hinton 

11-2 – vs. Hobart 

 

Gore Pirates

COACH: BRANDON TYLER

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 6-5

2014 – 0-10

2015 – 0-10

2016 – 3-7

2017 – 8-3

OFFENSE

Veteran coach Brandon Tyler had an immediate impact on the Pirate program when he took over last year and led the Pirates to their first winning season and first playoff trip in recent history. Seven players are back on the offense led by running back Tommy Smith (5-11, 210, Sr.) who rushed for over 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns last season and is a VYPE Top 100 pick for 2018. Helping carry the rushing load will be James Dover, who Tyler calls ‘electric’ with his great open field speed. Line play will be in good hands with the return of Parker Curran (6-2, 235, Sr.), Hunter Farless (6-0, 210, Sr.), and Jay Travis (6-2, 190, Sr.). Kanton Washington (5-11, 175, Sr.) will move from fullback to wide receiver as he led the team with 30 receptions last year and Bryan Lane (6-2, 215, Sr.) will be a big target at tight end. The big question for the Pirates will be the development of new quarterback Weston Shanks (5-11, 170, So.).

DEFENSE

Eight players return to a Pirate defense that gave up an average of only about 11 points per game last year. Lane and Smith combined for nearly 200 tackles at the linebacking spots in Tyler’s 4-2-5 defense. Making life miserable for opposing quarterbacks again this year will be the guys in the trenches led by Curran, Farless, Damien Dover (5-9, 190, Jr.) and Lance Leaf (5-11, 330, Sr.). In the secondary, James Dover who had 47 tackles and six “oskies” last year will move from safety to corner back to better utilize his speed and athleticism. Washington returns at safety and those two will be joined by Kyler Pollard (5-9, 145, Sr.) and Jason Hubler (5-9, 150, Jr.).

“We had a great off-season in the weight room. We’re bigger and stronger and, given the number of returning starters we have and strong senior leadership, I feel like we have a chance to be a decent team if we stay healthy,” said Tyler.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Haskell

8-31 – at Heavener

9-7 – vs. Mounds

9-14 – vs. Pocola

9-21 – at Talihina

9-28 – vs. Hulbert

10-5 – at Porter

10-12 – vs. Warner

10-19 – OPEN

10-26 – vs. Savanna

11-2 – at Central Sallisaw

 

Healdton Bulldogs

COACH: MARK BARRETT

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 5-5

2014 – 8-3

2015 – 7-5

2016 – 5-6

2017 – 8-3

OFFENSE

“We lost seven really good seniors from last year but we do have some good young kids that can step up and take their place. If we stay healthy we will have a chance to compete for the district title,” said head coach Mark Barrett. The wishbone offense of the Bulldogs relies heavily upon the play of quarterback Colton Pickelsimer (6-2, 170, Jr.). The junior signal caller is a threat on the ground and racked up 860 yards and 15 touchdowns. Pickelsimer could also see time at running back. Tight end Coty Scott (6-6, 235, Jr.) is an impressive target that will be a focal point for the offense. Running back Josh Harvey (5-8, 185, Jr.) was a solid option as a sophomore with 650 yards and 13 touchdowns. Alex Trent (6-0, 185, Sr.) will be a nice change of pace at running back. The offensive line will be led by Kolton Cox (6-1, 240, So.) at tackle and center Ethan Lindsey (6-3, 255, Sr.). 

DEFENSE

The 4-4 defense of the Bulldogs returns six starters from last year’s squad that allowed the second fewest points to opponents in district A-3. Scott is a force at defense end and will only improve in his junior campaign. Lindsey and Cox will anchor the defensive line at the defensive tackle spots. Both are capable stop gaps that can penetrate the line while also controlling the line on running downs. Harvey and Wade Etter (6-1, 175, So.) will fill the linebacker role for the Bulldogs. Etter has great potential and the coaching staff hopes to see that show in his sophomore season. In the secondary Pickelsimer will be a solid leader for the defensive backfield. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Marietta

9-7 – vs. Comanche

9-14 – at Tishomingo

9-21 – vs. Apache

9-28 – at Ringling

10-5 – vs. Walters

10-12 – at Elmore City

10-18 – at Dibble

10-26 – vs. Velma Alma

11-2 – at Rush Springs

 

HintoncComets

Coach: GREG ADAMS

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 4-6

2014 – 5-5

2015 – 4-6

2016 – 2-8

2017 – 1-9

OFFENSE

Greg Adams takes over as head coach for the Comets this year. The team is ready to put in work with the hopes of seeing a successful 2018 season. A fast-paced offense will see six starters return, with experience all over the field. One of the top offensive players to watch for will be Denver Dahlenburg (6-0, 185, Sr.) at running back. Handing off the ball, Denton Dahlenburg (6-1, 190, Jr.), will have the chance to step up as he replaces a four-year starting quarterback. Some of Dahlenburg’s main targets at the receiving end will be Kason Douglas (6-1, 170, Sr.) and Dagen Boling (5-9, 150, Jr.). On the line, J.D. Turney (6-2, 250, Sr.) will be the big man at the center. Al Cinsneros (6-0, 190, Sr.) will join him as offensive guard.

DEFENSE

Coach Adams is counting on the defense being aggressive and sound. Aaron Gonzalez (6-0, 205, Jr.) will help anchor the defensive line. Blake Elmore (6-2, 260, Sr.) will play an important role as an end when he is not on the O-line. Devin Vellico (5-10, 165, Jr.) will be a leading defender as a linebacker. In the secondary, Rodrigo Palmino (5-9, 175, Sr.) and Trenton Lusk (5-11, 155, Jr.) will contribute as defensive backs who are likely to be involved in the run game as well. 

Coach Adams said that the team’s motto for the season is, “This is where we fight.” 

SCHEDULE 

8-23 – vs. Velma-Alma 

8-31 – vs. Walters 

9-7 – vs. Thomas 

9-14 – at Okeene 

9-21 – at Hobart 

9-28 – vs. Merritt 

10-5 – at Cordell 

10-12 – at Mangum 

10-18 – vs. Sayre 

10-26 – at Frederick 

11-2 – vs. Hollis 

 

HOBART BEARCATS  

Coach: COLT ALLISON 

Last 5 Years:
2012 – 5-5

2013 – 7-4

2014 – 3-7 

2015 – 1-9

2016 – 8-4

2017 – 8-3

OFFENSE

It will be much of the same for the Bearcats in 2018 as Hobart moves from Class 2A down to Class A. Hobart will focus on the run and there is a lot of reason to do so with talented running backs Josh Molina (5-10, 190, Sr.) and Simon Choulamany (5-9, 180, Sr.). Two-sport athlete Alec Meinert (6-3, 180, Sr.) is back at quarterback and the expectation is to see the senior gunslinger improve upon the 1,416 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions of 2017. Meinert will look towards Luke Hollister (6-3, 190, Sr.) at wide receiver after the lengthy receiver pulled in 34 receptions for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns. Clay Funkhouser (5-10, 175, Sr.) at wide receiver along with tight end Kane Duff (6-3, 215, Sr.) will give more options down field.  The offensive line will be young and will be tested with a tough non-district schedule but should continue to mesh as the season progresses. 

DEFENSE

“Defense will have to rely on speed and desire to get to the football,” explained second year head coach Colt Allison. That will begin in the secondary with Mathew Molina (6-0, 170, Jr.) at cornerback. On the other corner will be Hollister while Funkhouser should fill another defensive back spot. At linebacker new position coach Corey Mooney will rely upon the play of seniors Molina and Duff. The defensive line should be anchored by Klayton Underwood (6-1, 215, Sr.) at defensive tackle. “We’re excited and optimistic about joining Class A,” said Allison.

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Washington

9-7 – at Apache

9-14 – vs. Hennessey

9-21 – vs. Hinton

9-28 – vs. Hollis

10-5 – at Mangum

10-12 – at Sayre

10-19 – at Cordell

10-26 – vs. Merritt

11-2 – at Frederick

 

Hollis Tigers

COACH: Patrick Brown

Last 5 Years: 

2013 – 14-0

2014 – 10-2

2015 – 12-1

2016 – 10-3

2017 – 3-7

OFFENSE

Patrick Brown, most recently defensive coordinator for the Hollis Tigers, takes over as new head coach in his fourth season with the Tigers. The Tigers will operate out of multiple formations with an emphasis on the power run game. The offense will start under center with quarterback Jaron Dickson (6-1, 185, Sr.). Last year, Dickson rushed for 986 yards and eight touchdowns. His playmaking ability at QB is impactful and draws the respect of opposing defensive coordinators. Dickson will be joined in the backfield by running back Red Watson (5-8, 185, Jr.) who is a dangerous option. Coach Brown is excited about the offensive line. Four offensive linemen will lead the way with Cooper Scott (6-3, 265, Sr.), Zane Gray (5-11, 220, Jr.), Lorenzo Salinas (6-2, 215, Sr.) and AJ Vasquez (6-0, 2230, Sr.). With seven starters returning the Tigers have high expectations for the offensive side of the ball. 

DEFENSE

The 3-4 defense of the Tigers will be focused on an attacking, aggressive game plan. Defensive end Moses Reyes (6-1, 225, Sr.) is a force off the edge and is a capable playmaker. Scott will hold down the middle of the defensive line at nose guard. His play will allow linebackers James McKaughan (6-0, 185, So.), Vasquez, and Tyrell Johnson (5-9, 170, Jr.) to make plays across the field. McKaughan showed signs as a freshman and will see his role increase in year two of varsity play. Salinas will man an outside linebacker spot for the Tigers and is a playmaker in his own right that will be much improved in his final season. “We are excited about this season. Kids worked very hard through spring practice and showed a ton of enthusiasm,” explained coach Brown. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – at Rush Springs

9-7 – vs. Wellington (Texas)

9-14 – vs. Texhoma

9-21 – vs. Mangum

9-28 – at Hobart

10-5 – vs. Sayre

10-12 – at Merritt

10-19 – vs. Frederick

10-26 – at Cordell

11-2 – at Hinton

 

Hominy Bucks

COACH: Caleb Christian

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 6-6

2014 – 9-4

2015 – 12-2

2016 – 12-2

2017 – 9-3

OFFENSE

Second-year head coach Caleb Christian is excited about the culture that has been built at Hominy and why wouldn’t he be. A state title in 2016 and a run to the quarterfinals last year would have anyone excited especially with the pieces that return for the Bucks in 2018. Quarterback Blake Hipp (6-2, 190, Sr.) returns with 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns through the air in ’17. Mike Hipp (6-1, 175, Sr.), Blake’s cousin, is coming off shoulder surgery but finished with 750 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns before the injury. Clifford Hayes (5-9, 165, Jr.) is a dynamic player that can line up at running back and receiver who tallied nine touchdowns and over 1,000 all-purpose yards. Chance Doyle (5-8, 240, Jr.) and KC Bills (5-10, 242, Jr.) are two year starters along the line as well as Luke McFarland (6-2, 270, Sr.) a three-year starter for the Bucks. 

DEFENSE

Coach Christian expects his defense to be very sound in 2018 after holding opponents to just 191 points, fewest allowed in District A-6, last season. Seven starters return on the defensive side of the ball for the Bucks. Tommy Hayes (5-9, 160, Sr.) will lead the way from his outside linebacker spot while Davis Brown (5-9, 190, Jr.) and Tristen Johnson (5-10, 165, Jr.) will man the other linebacker spots. Amos Satepaulhoodle (6-5, 290, Jr.) is a space-eater along the defensive line at nose guard allowing the linebackers to make plays. Chase Dooling (6-1, 210, Jr.) at defensive end is another to keep an eye on this year while Mike Hipp pulled in eight interceptions last season for the Bucks at corner. 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Hulbert

8-30 – vs. Cleveland

9-14 – vs. Barnsdall

9-21 – vs. Langston Hughes

9-28 – at Drumright

10-5 – vs. Pawnee

10-12 – at Pawhuska

10-18 – vs. Woodland

10-26 – at Morrison

11-2 – at Tonkawa

 

HOOKER BULLDOGS

COACH: TREVOR POWERS

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 2-7

2014 – 4-6

2015 – 8-4

2016 – 7-4

2017 – 12-2

OFFENSE

The Bulldogs made it all the way to the Class A state semifinals a year ago before losing a hard-fought game to Crescent. That loss has fueled the Bulldogs this offseason however according to head coach Trevor Powers and has his team ready to put themselves back in a position to play for a spot in the state title game.

The two-headed monster for the Hooker offense will be running back Tanner McBee (5-9, 165, Sr.) who ran for 1,165 yards and 17 touchdowns last season and quarterback Donovan Yarbrough (6-2, 215, Sr.) who threw for 2,432 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior.

Yarbrough’s top targets on the outside this year will likely be Karder Neville (5-11, 165, Sr.) and Ethan Parsons (5-10, 175, Sr.). As a junior Neville was a big part of the passing game with 731 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

Hooker also boasts a very talented offensive line. Gabe Flanagan (6-1, 240, Sr.) will start at center this season while Clarence DeJesus (5-10, 175, Sr.) will also start on the line.

DEFENSE

The Hooker defense will be just as explosive as its offense especially on the defensive line and at linebacker. 

On the defensive line Kevin Alvarado (6-0, 225, Sr.) is back at defensive end after recording 64 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior. Dillon Metcalf (6-3, 200, So.) will also play defensive end for the Bulldogs as he looks to improve upon his 65 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and three sacks he posted as a freshman. On the inside of the line is where fans will find Johnny Ugarte (5-9, 175, Jr.). Ugarte had 39 tackles, seven tackles for loss and one interception to his credit last year.

At linebacker Lakon Lynch (5-9, 165, Sr.) and Cole Fischer (6-2, 175, So.) will be two of the players the Bulldogs expect to make plays in the middle of the field.

Last but not least John Bean (5-11, 165, Sr.) will see time in the defensive backfield this season.

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Merritt

9-7 – at Booker, Texas

9-14 – at Clayton

9-21 – vs. Thomas

9-28 – at Fairview

10-5 – vs. Beaver

10-12 – at Okeene

10-18 – vs. OBA

10-26 – vs. Mooreland

11-2 – at Texhoma

 

Hulbert Riders

COACH: Joe Brown

Last 5 Years:
2013- 1-9

2014- 6-4

2015- 8-4

2016- 7-5

2017- 7-5

OFFENSE

Making the playoffs has become almost the norm for the Riders. Now it’s up to coach Joe Brown, in his second season, and an experienced crew to see if they can take it to the next level. Leading the way for Hulbert is VYPE Top 100 selectee Jacob Bruce. The 5-10, 175-pound senior has rushed for nearly 5000 yards in his three years at the running back spot including 2,145 yards on the ground last year. James Bruce (5-8, 170, Jr.) will move from a wide receiver spot to take over the signal calling duties for the Riders this season. When one of the Bruce’s isn’t carrying the mail, look for Trenton Justice (5-11, 200, Sr.) to get the call. Junior Donnie Girdner (5-10, 160) is expected to be one of James Bruce’s main targets. And protection for the passer and power for the running game will be supplied by six returning starters in the line led by Wyatt Keener (6-3, 305, Sr.) along with Justin Carey, Preston Welch, Larrett Daniels, and Cody Whitekiller.

DEFENSE

Brown will put in a new 4-4 defensive look this year for the Riders with Justice, Girdner, Braxton Ellis (5-10, 225, Sr.) and Kooper Kinyon (5-10, 205, Jr.) making a formidable linebacking quartet. Add to that the experience of Welch (6-2, 235, Sr.) at one defensive end and sophomore Jacob Beall

(6-1, 220) at the other and the Riders will have a front seven second to none in District A-8, a new home with new opponents for Hulbert after being in A-7.

Brown seems confident in the abilities of his team as he looks to the 2018 campaign.

“We have the opportunity to be one of the best teams in the state if we continue to work hard and have a positive attitude. I’m extremely excited about this group but we’ll be tested with a very tough schedule.”

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Hominy

8-31 – at Drumright

9-7 – at Okemah

9-14 – vs. Ketchum

9-21 – vs. Porter

9-28 – at Gore

10-5 – vs. Talihina

10-12 – OPEN

10-18 – at Central Sallisaw

10-26 – vs. Warner

 

KETCHUM WARRIORS  

Coach: SCOTT MARTIN

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 3-7

2014 – 9-3

2015 – 9-3 

2016 – 5-6

2017 – 1-9

OFFENSE 

The Ketchum Warriors are excited to welcome new head coach Scott Martin to the Warrior nation as they look to improve on a 1-9 effort in 2017. Coach Martin is looking forward to the challenge. 

“Excited to be here,” said Martin. “Can’t wait to get started. We have a good group of young men.” 

Leading the way are offensive linemen Zach Vanpool (6-2, 265, Sr.) and Brendon Jones (Jr.). Both guys are excellent blockers up front and will clear lanes for running back Jayce Martin (Jr.). Finding a quarterback was top priority of the spring. Carson Workman (6-0, 145, So.) could be the guy to lead the offense this season. If so, he will have several targets in Garrett Cypert (Sr.), Drayton Bays (Sr.) and Colton Johnson (Jr.). Johnson will also see time on defense at corner. 

DEFENSE 

The same cast of characters will shift to defense with Workman playing free safety, Martin playing outside linebacker. Johnson, Cypert and Bays are all secondary players with Vanpool and Jones taking up space on the defensive line. Coach Martin expects great effort out of his players and with the new system, the learning curve must come quickly. District A-6 is once again one a tough district to conquer, but the Warriors are poised for a new beginning as a new era dawns for Ketchum football. 

SCHDULE 

8-31 – at Chelsea 

9-7 – vs. Kansas 

9-14 – at Hulbert 

9-21 – at Fairland 

9-28 – vs. Oklahoma Union 

10-5 – at Rejoice Christian 

10-12 – vs. Colcord 

10-18 – vs. Quapaw 

10-26 – at Commerce 

11-2 – vs. Afton 

 

Konawa Tigers

Coach: DUSTIN NEWBERRY

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 4-6

2014 – 1-9

2015 – 0-10

2016 – 2-8

2017 – 3-7

OFFENSE

The Tigers enter 2018 with the results of a two-year building program with seven starters returning to greet head coach Dustin Newberry. Running from the spread offense will be strength with the return of the senior duo of Tyler Rutherford (5-8, 180, Sr.) and Colten Campbell (5-7, 170, Sr.) to get the majority of touches. Newberry will give the execution chores to Silas Isaacs (5-10, 175, So.) to manage the game at quarterback. When the Tigers go to the air, the primary targets will be Dyami Kilpatrick (6-2, 170, Sr.) along with Isaiah Gore (5-10, 175, So.). Whether protecting the quarterback or opening running lanes, Todd Fox (5-8, 220, Jr.) will be counted upon for moving opponents out of the way.

“We’re going to spread the ball around and get it into our athletes’ hands,” said Newberry.

DEFENSE

The building program of coach Larry Latimer’s scheme the past two seasons provides a strong nucleus for Newberry to employ in the Tigers 4-2-5 alignment.  Senior leaders on the defensive side of the ball include Tommy Shull (5-9, 230, Sr.), Leslie Brown (5-9, 275, Sr.) along with Chase Kilpatrick (6-1, 215, Sr.) and Chris Stokes (5-10, 200, Sr.). Added playmaking efforts will be Conner Auld (5-11, 175, Jr.) and Dylan Fry (5-11,180, So.) along with other players going both ways including Rutherford and Campbell.

“Our defense is predicated on getting all 11 players flying to the football on every snap,” said Newberry. “This is a group of hard working kids that are ready to win. First goal is win game one and then win the next game.”  

8-24 – vs. Rush Springs

8-31 – vs. Stratford

9-7 – at Wilburton

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – vs. Wynnewood

9-28 – at Liberty

10-5 – at Mounds

10-12 – vs. Allen

10-18 – at Stroud

10-26 – vs. Wayne

11-2 – vs. Wewoka

 

Langston Hughes Scholars

COACH: RODNEY CHANEY 

Last 5 Years:
N /A

OFFENSE

It’s exciting to welcome a new addition to the OSSAA football family as Langston Hughes embarks on their first season of football in the OSSAA and Class A. 

Offensively look for coach Chaney to show a lot of different looks and utilize the speed he has at the skill positions. They will try to dictate the tempo of the game with guys like Taylor Dwellingham (6-2, 175, Sr.). Listed as an athlete, Dwellingham will give coach Chaney a big play threat in the backfield or lined up as a wide out. A.J. Buykes (5-10, 160, Sr.) will start at running back in the spread formation. Quarterback Kemonte Hampton (6-0, 165, Sr.) has a strong arm and will lead the team in his first season at the position on the varsity level. Also look for running back Desmond Clayton (5-11, 210, Jr.) to compliment Buykes in the backfield. Clayton is new to the team, but is expected to contribute in big ways. Stefon Glazier (6-1, 170, Sr.) has excellent hands at wide out and is a possession type receiver. Also look for Jordan Guest (5-8, 160, Jr.) in the passing game as well. Guest is a speedy slot receiver and is new to the team this season. 

DEFENSE

With 11 players returning to the defensive side of the ball, coach Chaney is excited to see what this group can accomplish collevtively. 

“We are super excited about this season. This will be our very first year participating in OSSAA on the varsity level,” said Chaney. “Each week we will be playing hard nose, disciplined, and well coached football. With the hard work and dedication of this staff and players, we will be ready for those Friday night lights.” 

Marius Branch (6-0, 180, Sr.) is always in the right position and will start at outside linebacker. Myster Mayes (6-3, 175, Jr.) will start at safety where he can cover a lot of ground. Alejandro Serrano (5-10, 230, Jr.) can play on the interior of the defensive line and will handle the kicking duties. Savien Atkinson (5-11, 170, Jr.) starts at defensive end and is fast coming off the edge. Dwellingham and Clayton will play both sides of the ball with Dwellingham playing corner and Clayton starting at end. 

“Defensively we want to play fast. We don’t have a lot of size, so we will use our overall team speed,” said Chaney. “Playing fast and hard, we want to cause turnovers and wreak as much havoc as possible.” 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Beggs

8-31 – OPEN  

9-7 – at Tonkawa

9-14 – vs. Woodland

9-21 – at Hominy

9-28 – vs. Barnsdall

10-5 – OPEN

10-12 – vs. Drumright 

10-19 – vs. Pawnee

10-26 – at Pawhuska

11-2 – at Morrison

 

Liberty Tigers

COACH: Gerald HAMMOND

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 1-9

2014 – 0-10 

2015 – 3-7

2016 – 0-10

2017 – 0-10

OFFENSE

There’s no place like home…well at least for Tigers head coach Gerald Hammond, who returns back to Highway 75 for a second time after serving as the ringmaster of the program from 2006-2010. 

“The sky is the limit and we’re going to be improved,” said Hammond. “Our uptempo big play offense will use the pass to set up the run.”

Logan Unruh (5-10, 140, Sr.) will engineer the attack along with speedy Gabe Kirby (5-9, 140, Jr.) as his primary target as well as Dalton Eaton (5-11, 160, Sr.) Trystyn Weaver (6-0, 175, Jr.) and Parker Strickland will get most of the touches in the ground game. The upfront efforts of Cody Krouse (5-10, 250, Sr.) will anchor the battles in the trench. 

DEFENSE

“Attack, Attack, Attack will be our defensive approach,” said Hammond. “Play sound gap assignments and play with passion.”

Five starters will be the energy for the odd front scheme spearheaded by linebackers Parker Strickland and Jesse Clifford (6-2, 180, So.) while Cody Krouse will plug the middle at nose guard. The quickness of Gabe Kirby and Logan Unruh will be assigned pass coverage duty in the secondary.

“First of all we have to believe in each other and believe in the system,” said Hammond, “then go win the next game.”

8-31 – at Porter 

9-7 – vs. Savanna

9-14 – vs. Caney Valley

9-21 – at Mounds 

9-28 – vs. Konawa

10-5 – at Allen

10-12 – vs. Stroud

10-18 – vs. Wayne

10-26 – at Wewoka

11-2 – at Wynnewood

 

Mangum Tigers

Coach: WILLIAM DICKEY, SR. 

Last 5 Years: 

2013 – 1-9
2014 – 2-8

2015 – 7-4

2016 – 6-4

2017 – 6-5

OFFENSE

The 11th highest scoring offense in Class A last season, the Tigers return eight starters from the squad. A balanced attack that doesn’t focus on just the run or pass, Mangum will look to improve upon last season’s third place finish in District A-2. Running back Brett Perry (5-10, 190, Sr.) does more than just run after 1,502 all-purpose yards last season to go with 15 touchdowns. Colton Laughlin (6-4, 180, Jr.) returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,000 yards on 52-percent passing with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Laughlin is a capable runner as well averaging 4.14 yards per carry last season. Look to see the junior improvethis year. He’ll benefit from receiver Jalen Warner returning after he averaged 17.9 yards per reception and pulling in 12 touchdowns. Split end Henery Lopez (5-9, 145, Sr.) is back after pulling in 37 catches for an average of 15.5 yards and six total touchdowns. At fullback, Shon Booth (6-0, 210, Sr.) is a hammering back totaling 13 touchdowns on 139 carries averaging 5.3 yards per touch. Nothing will get going without solid play from Pacen Jenkins (6-1, 180, Jr.) at center, tackle Garrett Shaw (6-3, 207, Jr.) and the rest of the offensive line. 

DEFENSE

The defense will be aggressive and use team speed as 10 starters return in 2018. Led by Rodney Hunter (5-8, 150, Jr.) in the defensive backfield was a force with five interceptions and 67 total tackles. Joining him in the backfield will be Trey Dickey (5-7, 140, So.) who saw playing time as a freshman. Along the defensive line the coaching staff will rely upon Daelin Stacy (6-2, 180, Jr.) at defensive while Jason Shandy (6-3, 235, Sr.) and J.J. Skinner (5-8, 240, Sr.) will man the middle tackle positions. For the Tigers to move up in the district standings it will be the play of the defense that will prove most important. Things looking promising for the Tigers and head coach William Dickey, Sr. who takes over as head coach after spending last season as an assistant. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – at Ringling

9-7 – at Walters

9-14 – vs. Apache

9-21 – at Hollis

9-28 – at Frederick

10-5 – vs. Hobart

10-12 – vs. Hinton

10-18 – vs. Merritt

10-26 – at Sayre

11-2 – vs. Cordell

 

Merritt Oilers

COACH: BARRET RICHARDSON 

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 8-3

2014 – 6-4

2015 – 3-7

2016 – 4-7

2017 – 6-5

OFFENSE

The Merritt Oilers are led by sixth-year head coach, Barret Richardson and assistant coaches Frank Bernard and Jake Briggs. The Oilers are off to a good start with eight returning offensive players so there will be experience on the field. Leading the offense will be returning quarterback Trever Dameon (6-2, 190, Sr.) who has a total of 1,331 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The speed on the team is provided by wide receiver Cole Carnes (5-11, 150, Sr.) and running back Drake Carnes (5-10, 160, So.) who had 26 carries for 113 rushing yards. Running a spread offensive formation, coaches are focusing on spreading out and getting the ball into the playmakers hands as soon as possible. Coaches are looking forward to this upcoming season with their 12 seniors. They believe that with this older age group and the experience they have will have the opportunity to make a deep playoff run this season. 

DEFENSE

The Oiler defense has eight returning starters running a 5-2 defense. Leading the defense is linebacker Dalen Smith (6-2, 215, Sr.) who has a total of 121 career tackles, one sack and one interception. Up front for the defense is defensive ends Adam Gibbins (6-3, 215, Sr.) who has a career total of 100 tackles and seven sacks and Rowdy Pruitt (6-1, 190, Sr.) who has 134 tackles on the board and four sacks. Also making a dent on the Oilers defense is free safety Trever Damron (6-2, 190, Sr.) and linebacker Carson Rutherford (5-10, 155, Sr.). Coaches are looking for better gap control this season. With more experience up front, the defense should be better this season on the back end. A tough district schedule means road games against Cordell, Hinton, Mangum and Hobart. 

SCHEDULE 

8-24 – vs. Beaver 

8-31 – at Hooker

9-7 – vs. Mooreland

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – at Cordell

9-28 – at Hinton

10-5 – vs. Frederick

10-12 – vs. Hollis 

10-18 – at Mangum

10-26 – at Hobart

11-2 – vs. Sayre

 

Minco Bulldogs

COACH: BROCK WARDLAW

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 10-2

2014 – 9-3

2015 – 10-2

2016 – 11-2

2017 – 11-2

OFFENSE

With three starters returning along the offensive line in Rody Schneider (6-3, 280, Jr.), James Overton (5-11, 215, Sr.), and Chance Singleton (Sr.) the Bulldogs will look to run the rock behind their lead. Toting the rock will be Caiden Addington (5-11, 175, Sr.) who totaled 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns last season. If Addington and the three returning offensive lineman do their job it should open up the passing game for Cavin Russell (6-0, 185, Jr.). The junior triggerman totaled 450 yards passing last season with two touchdowns while totaling three rushing touchdowns. He’ll have some good options at receiver including Jorge Carballo (5-10, 170, Sr.), Wyatt Conley (5-6, 155, Sr.) and Andrew Carballo (5-11, 160, Jr.). 

DEFENSE

Operating out of a base 4-3 defense the Bulldogs return their complete defensive backfield led by Jorge Carballo and Conley at the safety spots. Corbin Burchfield (6-3, 170, Jr.) returns at one cornerback spot after a 34 tackle and one interception sophomore season. With three defensive line starters gone from last year’s squad, Minco will rely heavily upon defensive end Caiden Addington (6-0, 175, Sr.). Last season, Addington got to the quarterback for four sacks while finishing with 43 tackles. The linebacker corps will be the most important position group in the early season with a new group of lineman stepping into starter roles. Trent Littlejohn (5-10, 185, Sr.) and Overton will be expected to carry the load at linebacker. Littlejohn finished last season with 96 tackles and two sacks while Overton totaled 57 tackles in 2017. 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Wynnewood

8-31 – at Dibble

9-7 – vs. Crossings Christian

9-14 – at Oklahoma Christian Academy

9-28 – at Watonga

10-5 – at Northeast Academy

10-12 – vs. Crescent

10-18 – at Christian Heritage Academy

10-26 – vs. Wellston

11-2 – vs. Cashion

 

Mooreland Bearcats

COACH: Frank Howard

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 6-4
2014 – 7-4

2015 – 12-1

2016 – 4-6

2017 – 1-9

OFFENSE

“We are really excited about the season and looking forward to this group of seniors getting their chance to show what they can do,” said head coach Frank Howard. That senior group is evident in the depth chart at wide receiver with Jared Schnoebelen (6-1, 205, Sr.), Dillon Kahoe (5-10, 150, Sr.) and Hayden Stewart (5-11, 155, Sr.) all returning. Along the offensive line the play of Bayler Hensley (6-0, 210, Jr.) and Garrett Harris (6-2, 225, Sr.) will set the tone for the offense in 2018. The work of Hensley and Harris will pay off for Kole Crawford (6-0, 210, Jr.) at running back. 

DEFENSE

The Bearcats will transition to a 3-4 base defense which coach Howard hopes will lead to a very aggressive, attacking defense in 2018. With lots of experience returning and hungry to earn victories this season it will all start at linebacker with Schnoebelen, who totaled 97 tackles last season, along with Kole Crawford (29 tackles) and Lance Bolar (6-0, 165, Jr.) who totaled 75 tackles and a sack as a sophomore. Landyn Crawford (6-0, 150, Jr.) could line up in the box at linebacker or drop into the secondary which gives the coaching staff options especially as the season progresses and players deal with bumps and bruises. The defensive line will be anchored by Harris, following his 74 tackle and three sack junior campaign, along with James Phelps (6-1, 200, Sr.) who totaled 59 tackles last year. 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Cordell

9-7 – at Merritt

9-14 – vs. Sayre

9-21 – at OBA

9-28 – vs. Okeene

10-5 – at Texhoma

10-12 – vs. Fairview

10-18 – at Thomas

10-26 – at Hooker

11-2 – vs. Beaver

 

Morrison Wildcats

COACH: Corey Bales

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 11-2

2014 – 9-3

2015 – 6-5

2016 – 11-3

2017 – 8-5

OFFENSE

The Wildcats offense has many seniors returning who are ready to put in work this season. Quarterback Guner Womack (5-8, 165, Sr.) had a stellar season last year with 1,022 passing yards and 465 rushing yards. Watch for Womack to step up even more during his senior season. Ryker Hughes (6-1, 175, Sr.) will be coming in hot from a breakout year with 1,965 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, making his career total 4,648 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns. Last season Braden Bales (6-2, 215, Sr.) had 10 receptions and 2 touchdowns. Trevor Hughes (5-10, 195, Jr.) had 7 receptions that went for 119 yards. Both of these seniors will play important roles in the Wildcats offense again this year. The offensive line will be crucial in finding success this season. Between Newell Nelson (6-1, 225, Sr.) and John Kuhn (6-1, 220, Sr.), don’t expect the Wildcats to give many chances for opponents to get through. 

DEFENSE

The defense is equally important for Morrison. They run the 4-4 defense which will continue to be very effective if utilized well. There will be many familiar faces on defense who excel on both sides of the ball. As a defensive end, Bales will be looking to top his 83 tackles and 9 sacks from last season. Ryker Hughes will be a big part of the linebacker core, bringing confidence to the team. Dalton Seber (6-4, 300, Sr.) and Nelson will unwaveringly hold down the defensive line.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Kiefer

8-31 – vs. Crescent

9-7 – vs. Pawnee

9-14 – at Pawhuska

9-21 – at Woodland

9-28 – OPEN 

10-5 – at Barnsdall 

10-12 – vs. Tonkawa

10-18 – at Drumright 

10-26 – vs. Hominy 

11-2 – vs. Langston-Hughes 

 

Mounds Golden Eagles

Coach: Gabe Ellis

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 6-4

2014 – 7-5

2015 – 4-6

2016 – 7-4

2017 – 4-6

OFFENSE

The Eagles take flight this fall with a destination to return to the Class A playoffs with five starters returning to its multi-I formation offensive unit. Dayton Patrick (6-1, 165, Jr.) returns at quarterback providing experience under fire joining forces with Chris Watkins (6-0, 190, Sr.) set to carry a primary assignment in the running game along with Taylor Wortman (5-10, 165, So.). The cast of targets for Patrick in the air game will include a pair of junior wide receivers Brody Rice and Jayden Wall that will take quick outs into cross-county routes to the end zone as well as Brian Little (5-10, 175, Sr.). With graduation grounding the Eagles offensive line experience, head coach Gabe Ellis squad will need to find up front protection and power for the offensive game plan.

DEFENSE

Defensive pressure by speed continues to be the expectations for winning football with the return of experience in five starters to the 4-2-5 alignment. The leadership of five seniors should provide an advantage as Dillion Willis and Josh Castleberry will close the gate to the outside from their defensive end positions while James Haught will provide the anchor in the middle of the defensive line. Blake Pierce will take on responsibilities at linebacker while the secondary will rely upon the aggressive coverage and run support of Ryan Rutledge and sophomore Jayden Smith. 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Porter 

8-31 – at Warner

9-7 – vs. Gore

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – vs. Liberty

9-28 – at Wayne

10-5 – vs. Konawa

10-12 – OPEN

10-18 – at Allen

10-26 – vs. Wynnewood

11-2 – vs. Stroud

 

Northeast Academy Vikings 

Coach: Anthony Fogle

Last 5 Years: 

2013 – 1-9 

2014 – 0-10 

2015 – 1-9

2016 – 1-8

2017 – 2-7

OFFENSE 

The Vikings and head coach Anthony Fogle move down to Class A this season and Fogle believes the move offers some challenges for their team. 

“Moving down to Class A will be a challenge. Our district is very competitive and there will be no easy games. We have to be solid in all aspects from offense, defense and special teams,” said Fogle. 

The Vikings may have the best offensive line in Class A. Malik Pete (6-4, 275, Sr.) is the real deal. Pete can make holes and move bodies. Ronald Steele (5-10, 245, Jr.) is another solid blocker and people mover. Curly Rose (5-11, 240, So.), Nikko Stevenson (6-0, 235, So.) and Albert Warrior (5-10, 270, Sr.) help create an offensive line that other classes would love to have on their roster. Leslie James (5-9, 170, Sr.) figures into the passing game. Last season he accounted for 205 yards receiving. 

“A veteran offensive line should provide the leadership that we need to be successful,” said coach Fogle. Finding a quarterback and running back are the priorities in the summer. 

DEFENSE 

With five returning starters to the defensive side of the ball the Vikings have the makings of a nice defensive unit. Warrior will start on the line where he recorded 60 tackles and had two fumble recoveries last year. Nickolas Crump (5-10, 175, So.) and Marcus Harris (6-0, 200, So.) are two young, but eager and talented linebackers. This pair of backers enjoy the collisions at the line of scrimmage. James will go from wide out to defensive back using his speed and ball skills on defense. Coach Fogle expects his defense to play sound, fundamental football. Look for them to find a few younger players to step up and start in key positions. 

The coaching staff includes Rufus Alexander, Charlie Eaton, Chris Payne, and Damien Holman. 

SCHEDULE 

8-30 – at John Marshall 

9-7 – vs. Cashion 

9-14 – at Christian Heritage 

9-21 – vs. Crossings Christian 

9-28 – at OCA

10-5 – vs. Minco 

10-12 – at Watonga 

10-18 – vs. Capitol Hill 

10-26 – at Crescent 

11-2 – vs. Wellston 

 

Oklahoma Bible Academy Trojans

COACH: JAY MENDENHALL

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 5-6

2014 – 5-5

2015 – 1-8

2016 – 3-7

2017 – 2-8

OFFENSE

Seven returning starters will pepper the OBA offense this season led by versatile playmakers Traber Smithson (5-11, 185, Jr.) and Landon Crismas (5-10, 175, Sr.). Both players will likely see time at receiver and running back this year and combined for nearly 900 total yards last season and four touchdowns. Jett Cheatham (5-7, 155, So.) is another player who fits that versatile receiver/running back role and will be looking to improve on his 347 total yards he posted as a freshman.

Caleb Spann (5-8, 190, Jr.) will likely get some carries at running back this season after moving over from his guard spot last season. Will Price (5-10, 185, Sr.) should also see time at receiver this season.

At quarterback expect Baron Winter (6-2, 210, Jr.) to handle the snaps this season for the Trojans.

DEFENSE

On defense the Trojans will also return seven starters, including a vaunted group of linemen. At defensive tackle Garrett Enderud (6-1, 260, Sr.) and Morgan Meyer (5-10, 270, So,) will take care of the interior of the line. With Enderud and Meyer working on the inside that should free up defensive end Jacob Marshall (6-5, 230, Sr.) to make plenty of plays and improve upon his 26 total tackles and three tackles for loss from a year ago.

Working behind the OBA defensive line will be a group of linebackers led by Andrew Francis (5-9, 190, Jr.) who made 35 total tackles a year ago and forced two fumbles.

Finally, in the secondary expect Smithson to start at strong safety where he recorded 61 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and broke up three passes a year ago. Also in the defensive backfield will be Connor Colby (5-10, 175, So.) at free safety.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Oklahoma Christian Academy

8-31 – vs. Seeworth Academy

9-7 – OPEN

9-13 – at Grace Prep, Texas

9-21 – vs. Mooreland

9-28 – at Beaver

10-5 – vs. Okeene

10-12 – at Thomas

10-18 – at Hooker

10-26 – vs. Texhoma

11-2 – at Fairview

 

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY EAGLES

COACH: GREY POWELL

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 5-5

2014 – 3-7

2015 – 6-5

2016 – 5-6

2017 – 11-2

OFFENSE 

Running the spread option, Oklahoma Christian Academy will have to get fresh players ready to learn the system only returning five of last year’s starters. “We lost a lot of good football players, but we have a solid nucleus,” said head coach Grey Powell. “Several young players are ready to step up, offensively we will be running the spread option and should be able to throw the ball a little more then last year with wide receivers like Josiah Markum (6-6, 230, Sr.) and Kaleb Fellers (6-5, 200, Sr.).” Playing multiple positions at tight end and half back Markum is a big offensive threat to teams having seven touchdown receptions last season. Standing at 6-foot-5, wide receiver Feller will tower over most defensive backs in class A giving the team a big advantage on jump balls. Running the offense and throwing to these two offensive weapons will be S’ Marri Abram (6-2, 190, Jr). last season, Abram scored five touchdowns for his team adding to the fast pace offense of the eagles.

DEFENSE

The Eagles are returning six defensive starters this season with some of their strongest players playing linebacker. One of those athletes would be Feller who led the team in tackles last season getting to his opponent 118 times last season at outside linebacker. The other outside linebacker would be Sebastian Higgins (5-10, 170, Jr.), who recorded 50 tackles for his team last year. A player that the team looks for to get defensive turnovers is safety Abram, intercepting the ball five times last season. just like on offense his size and speed makes teams wonder where he is at on the field, Defensive end Markum disrupts the backfield tackling teams for a loss 10 times last season with two of those tackles resulting in sacks. 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Oklahoma Bible Academy 

8-31 – at Crooked Oak

9-7 – at Crescent

9-14 – vs. Minco

9-21 – at Wellston

9-28 – vs. Northeast Academy 

10-5 – at Cashion 

10-12 – vs. Christian Heritage 

10-18 – vs. Crossing Christian

11-2 – at Watonga 

 

OKLAHOMA UNION COUGARS

Coach: STEVE TRAMMEL

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 3-7

2014 – 2-8 

2015 – 0-10 

2016 – 5-5

2017 – 4-6

OFFENSE 

Head coach Steven Trammel takes over a Cougars football program that went 4-6 last season with several key players returning for the 2018 campaign. 

“I’m excited to take over such a great group of kids,” said coach Trammel. 

Returning to the offense is quarterback Hunter Harris (5-11, 160, Sr.) and running back Seth Long (6-1, 170, Jr.). Both Harris and Long are key components to the Cougars offense and will play crucial roles in the team’s overall success. As will offensive lineman Christian Robinson (6-0, 240, Sr.). The senior will help lead a few of the underclassmen that may be tasked to play up front this season. Joey Russ (5-11, 165, Sr.) is another running back type that coach Trammel will use in the Wing-T offense. 

DEFENSE 

Levi Greenfield (5-9, 160, So.) and Brendan Reiman (5-10, 185, Sr.) will start at linebacker with Long starting at outside linebacker. All three backers can move and seem to enjoy the physical aspect of being a linebacker. The Cougars will run a 3-3 stack defense with five defensive backs. Harris will start at safety, but the coaching staff will need to fill in some holes if the Cougars are going to be successful running the 3-3-5. Austin Marrs (5-10, 235, Jr.) is a difference maker on the D-line for the Cougars. Look for Marrs to have a big season in 2018. The “bend don’t break” defense is the motto for the Cougars this season as they limit big plays and make you earn every yard. 

SCHEDULE 

8-24 – at NOAH 

8-31 – vs. Pawhuska 

9-7 – at Caney Valley 

9-14 – OPEN 

9-21 – vs. Rejoice Christian 

9-28 – at Ketchum 

10-5 – vs. Quapaw 

10-12 – at Commerce 

10-18 – vs. Afton 

10-26 – at Colcord 

11-2 – vs. Fairland 

 

Okeene Whippets

COACH: Todd Wilson

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 10-2

2014 – 6-5

2015 – 2-8

2016 – 5-6

2017 – 5-6

OFFENSE

Any time last year’s quarterback graduates, it allows someone the opportunity to step up. Sophomore Jacob Wilson has taken on that role for Okeene. Although Wilson may be young, the rest of the offense is bringing their own experience to the field with six returning starters.

Seniors Brycen Demoss and Ryan Schultz will anchor the offensive line with support from Noah Cagle as a tight end. Look for Demoss (6-0, 280) to knock many more opponents to the ground this year with his impressive tackle and blocking skills on both sides of the ball.

One of the goals of the offense this year is to spread the ball around enough to utilize the quickness of junior wide receiver Josh Gambill and senior running back Sam Osterhout. The Whippets are set to have a solid running game this year.

DEFENSE

Todd Wilson is ready to take on his first year at Okeene as head coach and plans to keep it simple with a 4-3 base defense. Demoss and fellow senior Taylor Biggs will be crucial to the DL as defensive tackles. Osterhout and Kyle Benham (Sr.) will contribute in the linebacker positions, along with Cagle and Shultz on the ends of the line. Coach Wilson is confident in the defense’s ability to run to the ball – something that could definitely be an asset for them this season. Wilson says that he is excited to coach this great group of players and see what the season brings.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Watonga 

8-31 – at Cordell 

9-7 – OPEN 

9-14 – vs. Hinton 

9-21 – vs. Beaver 

9-28 – at Mooreland 

10-5 – at OBA 

10-12 – vs. Hooker 

10-18 – at Texhoma 

10-26 – vs. Fairview 

11-2 – at Thomas 

 

PAWHUSKA HUSKIES 

Coach: MATT HENNESY 

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 4-7

2014 – 5-6 

2015 – 2-8

2016 – 2-7

2017 – 0-10

OFFENSE

Pawhuska turns the keys over to new head coach Matt Hennesy who in 14 years as a head coach has racked up 102 wins at Dodge City, Kan., Muskogee, and most recently Locust Grove. Hennesy is known for his ability to get the most out of the students and ignite the community’s passion for football. Expect Hennesy to do the same in Pawhuska as he and offensive coordinator Scott Sapulpa implement their hurry up spread offense that had so much success with players like Mason Fine and Rell Lewis. Easton Kirk (6-3, 185, Jr.) returns to the gridiron after a season off and has already impressed coach Hennesy with his leadership skills that could earn him the nod at quarterback. He’ll battle Bryce Drummond (6-4, 200, So.) for the job but whoever starts will have a pair of options in Cade McNeil (6-0, 155, Jr.) and JT Waddle (5-9, 160, Jr.) at receiver. The offensive line will benefit from Gabe Letzkus (6-2, 259, Jr.) and center Dylan Doyle (6-1, 245, So.) who is ultra-reliable. Keep an eye on freshmen Mason Gilkey (6-3, 160, Fr.) and Dalton Hurd (6-0, 145, Fr.) at wide receiver as well as running back Kevin Davis (6-1, 165, Fr.) as all three will be impact players this year. 

DEFENSE

The attacking 3-4 defense of the Huskies will count on the leadership and play of Hunter Reed (6-1, 202, Jr.) at linebacker. A team without a senior on the roster will rely upon juniors and sophomores to step up and that’s the case with Drummond as well who brings great size and speed to the linebacker position and will be a big time player. At nose guard, coach Hennesy is excited about Tristain McCartney (5-10, 245, Jr.) being able to clog the middle and allow the linebackers to make plays. The secondary will be led by Tre Harper (6-1, 168, Jr.) at free safety while the physical, bigger than his stature play of Cody Starr (5-10, 147, So.) will be utilized throughout the defensive backfield. Evan Frye (6-3, 168, Jr.) is a great athlete that will be back out for football this season after a year away and brings great size as well. The coaching staff is excited about the prospects of outside linebacker Jack Long (6-2, 180, Fr.) and defensive end Hagen McGuire (6-2, 200, Fr.). 

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Kellyville

8-31 – at Oklahoma Union

9-7 – at Woodland

9-14 – vs. Morrison

9-21 – at Barnsdall

9-28 – vs. Tonkawa

10-5 – at Drumright

10-12 – vs. Hominy

10-26 – vs. Langston-Hughes

11-2 – at Pawnee

 

Pawnee Black Bears

COACH: RUSSELL COOK

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 2-8

2014 – 3-7 

2015 – 5-5

2016 – 6-5
2017 – 6-5-

OFFENSE 

Only winning one more game then they lost last year, the Black Bears are looking to turn it around this year, knowing they have some experienced players and a few cubs. Pawnee will be returning five of last year’s offensive starters with a strong offensive line on their side. Some of the players on the offensive line are Nathen Beagle (6-1, 220, Sr.), Ryan Bunchanan (5-10, 240, Jr.) and Ryan Ensign (6-0, 230, Jr.). The players out on the wing for Pawnee this season will be wide receivers Jesse Gaskey (5-9, 170, Sr.) and Chad Mitchell (5-8, 160, Jr.). A hard nose player for the Bears that runs the ball and blocks at times is fullback Luke Roberts (6-0, 190, Sr.). 

DEFENSE

The Black Bears will be returning four of last year’s starters and will hope starting fresh with new hungry players will work out to their advantage on defense. There are some familiar faces on defense with two players getting time on both side of the ball. Defensive end Roberts and defensive lineman Beagle will rack up a lot of playing time getting time on both sides of the ball. Also, some other players to look out for would be linebacker duo Logan Hargrove (6-0, 170, Jr.) and Matt Warnock (5-6, 180, Sr.). Coaching for the team this season will be five-year head coach Russell Cook and assisting him will be Mike Brock, Daniel Kendle, Karey Jones, and Jimmy Jestes. 

SCHEDULE 

8-31 – at Wellston 

9-7 – at Morrison 

9-14 – vs. Newkirk 

9-21 – at Tonkawa 

9-28 – vs. Woodland

10-5 – at Hominy 

10-12 – vs. Barnsdall

10-18 – at Langston Hughes

10-26 – vs. Durant 

11-2 – vs. Pawhuska 

 

Porter Pirates

COACH: PRENTICE JOSEPH

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 3-7

2014 – 1-9

2015 – 4-7

2016 – 5-5

2017 – 5-6

OFFENSE

There will be lots of new things surrounding Pirate football in 2018. First of all, there’s a new coach as Prentice Joseph was promoted to head coach following the late departure of Zac Ross. Also new will be a new schedule as redistricting this year moved the Pirates from District A-6 to A-8 which will mean a new group of opponents to face. And with the loss of some talented seniors, they’ll be new faces in the lineup for Porter. Logan Jones (6-2, 160, Jr.) will take on the quarterbacking chores this season after seeing some limited playing time there last year. Nate Boyd will be the senior leader for the Pirates as he returns to the running back spot out of the Wing-T where he rushed for over 800 yards last season with an average of over 10 yards per carry and picked up another 800 yards on receptions with a total of 17 touchdowns. Look for Dennis Moore (5-9, 175, Sr.) to also get some touches out of the backfield. The line features a couple of returning starters in Dylan Newby (6-0, 195, Sr.) who pancaked 45 would-be tacklers last year, and center Isaac Moore (6-2, 160, Jr.) who had 54 pancake blocks. Senior Tyler Kilgore (6-2, 155) will be the number one receiver after grabbing 25 balls last year.

DEFENSE

The Pirates will feature some tried-and-true performers back on defense with seven returning starters beginning in the trenches where Moore, who had 12 tackles for loss in 2017, will team with Caden Snodgrass (6-0, 250, Sr.). Linebacker play will be solid where Newby will team up with Darrius Moore (5-9, 175, Sr.) and Garrett Todd (6-2, 160, Jr.). Boyd is the leading tackler returning for the Pirates as he had 76 takedowns at safety. Joseph’s philosophy for the Pirates in 2018 is simple and to the point:

“Give 100% effort for 48 minutes win, lose or draw.”

SCHEDULE

8-24- at Mounds

8-31- vs. Liberty

9-7- vs. Haskell

9-14- at Colcord

9-21- at Hulbert

9-28- at Talihina

10-5- vs. Gore

10-12- vs. Savanna

10-18- at Warner

10-26- vs. Central Sallisaw

11-2- OPEN

 

Quapaw Wildcats

Coach: CHRIS CAWYER

Last 5 Years: 

2013 – 1-9

2014 – 5-6

2015 – 3-7 

2016 – 1-9

2017 – 0-10

OFFENSE

Leading Quapaw’s offense will be sophomore quarterback Kale Thomasson (5-9, 150). Operating out of a spread offense, the Wildcats will aim to put the ball in the air as much as possible and remain up-tempo to get the upper hand on opposing defenses. Thomasson’s main targets in the receiving positions will be Trevor White (6-2, 220, Sr.), Jacob Gregory (6-0, 160, So.), and Brenden McMackin (5-8, 155, Sr.). Look for Josh Curry (5-10, 195, Sr.) at running back to be a leader in rushing yards this season. Matt Lovell (6-3, 198, So.) will also be an offensive asset as a tight end.

DEFENSE

Thomasson and White also make appearances on the defensive side of the ball with a group of eight returning starters. Thomasson will shore up the backfield as a free safety while White will back up the line. Curry and Tanner Daniels (6-1, 220, Jr.) will join White as linebackers. At the center of the defensive line you will find Craig Rundell (6-0, 205, Sr.), and alongside him Gavin Davis (6-0, 235, Jr.) and Jarrett Smith (6-2, 250, Sr.) as defensive tackles. 

The Wildcats are coming into this season on a 19-game losing streak. They need to improve on both sides of the ball, but Coach Chris Cawyer says that they have had a good summer so far. Their goal is to break the streak and pull out somes wins this season. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Decatur, AR

9-7 – vs. Wyandotte

9-14 – at Chelsea

9-21 – at Colcord

9-28 – vs. Afton

10-5 – at Oklahoma Union

10-12 – vs. Rejoice Christian

10-18 – at Ketchum

10-26 – at Fairland

11-2 – vs. Commerce

 

Rejoice Christian Eagles

COACH: BRENT MARLEY 

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 12-1

2014 – 6-6

2015 – 9-4

2016 – 10-2

2017 – 10-2

OFFENSE

Rejoice Christian High School heads into 2018 with six starters returning on offense and some more room for improvement. After a strong 10-2 season in 2017, the Eagles have an equally strong attack with Andrew Crow (6-0, 180, Sr.) at running back. Crow has amassed 1,985 yards and 37 touchdowns in his career but also has 35 catches for 402 yards and two scores. Crow is a jack of all trades for Rejoice Christian and will be a valued asset in both the running and passing games. At quarterback, Riley Walker (5-11, 165, Jr.) embarks on his junior season hoping to lead his team back to the playoffs. Walker threw for nearly 2,500 yards and has amassed 3,284 in his career with 27 touchdowns. The offensive line does return some starters with Eric Cullen (6-0, 215, Sr.). 

DEFENSE

Looking at the Rejoice Christian defense, Clint Hurst (6-1, 210, Jr.) will be the leader of that unit at linebacker. Hurst is a do-it-all kind of guy, as he had 110 tackles, nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore. Nate Anderson (5-10, 190, Jr.) will pair with Hurst in the middle of the Eagles defense, and the two complement each other especially well. Anderson had 154 tackles, three sacks, a safety, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown in 2017 and should be able to do even better this season. Logan Barnes (6-0, 200, Sr.) and Roman Lockney (5-9, 185, Sr.) will solidify the defensive line in their senior season. Barnes had 63 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles last season, while Lockney had 47 tackles, one sack and three tackles for loss. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – at Crossings Christian

9-7 – vs. Kiefer

9-14 – at Haskell

9-21 – at Oklahoma Union

9-28 – vs. Fairland

10-5 – vs. Ketchum

10-12 – at Quapaw

10-18 – vs. Commerce

10-26 – at Afton

11-2 – vs. Colcord

 

Ringling Blue Devils

COACH: PHIL KOONS

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 12-2

2014 – 10-2

2015 – 11-1

2016 – 6-5

2017 – 9-2

OFFENSE

In 2017 the Ringling Blue Devils enjoyed a successful season winning nine games, but despite the success there has been a change at the head coaching spot. Phil Koons will take over for Terry Morris, but the focus has been on the players and not on the coaching staff. 

Two guys return with experience at quarterback. Scotty Paul (6-0, 170, Sr.) and Sam Vanbuskirk (6-1, 170, Jr.) are capable of leading the Blue Devils this season and may split time at the position. River Miller (5-8, 165, So.), Marshall Howell (5-10, 165, Jr.) and Logan Lyle (6-0, 190, So.) are three running backs looking to leave their mark on the program this season. The offensive line may be the strength for Ringling as several guys make their return including Justin Butler (6-0, 230, Sr.), Ethan Neble (6-4, 220, Jr.) and David Wright (6-4, 280, Sr.). Ian Cox (6-5, 285, Sr.) is another guy to look for this season as the Blue Devils look to control the clock and dominate the line of scrimmage. 

DEFENSE

Kage McGahey (6-1, 185, Sr.) can play both ways at corner and wide receiver on offense. McGahey could be joined in the secondary by Duchaine Paul (5-8, 150, Jr.), Travis Wade (6-0, 175, Sr.) and Vanbuskirk. The Blue Devils are lucky to have all of their linebackers returning this season. Look for Caige Calvert (6-0, 170, Sr.), Jacob Wright (5-10, 205, Sr.), Ethan Johnson (6-1, 200, Jr.), Chandler Roberts (6-2, 185, Sr.) and Lian Thomason (5-10, 180, Sr.) to all see playing time this season. The D-line will see several faces rotate in and out with Levi Kerley (5-11, 200, Sr.), Gage McCleary (5-10, 185, Jr.), Tristen Acosta (6-4, 320, Jr.) and Parker Phelps (5-10, 195, Sr.) all seeing some playing time. Also look for Leyton Riley (6-2, 225, Jr.) to make an impact this season. 

SCHEUDLE 

8-31 – vs. Mangum 

9-7 – at Dickson 

9-14 – vs. Marietta 

9-21 – at Walters 

9-28 – vs. Healdton 

10-5 – at Dibble 

10-12 – vs. Velma-Alma 

10-18 – at Rush Springs 

10-26 – vs. Elmore City-Pernell 

11-2 – at Apache 

 

Rush Springs Redskins

COACH: TIM BEARD

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 5-6

2014 – 3-8

2015 – 3-8

2016 – 4-6

2017 – 4-7

OFFENSE 

With eight returning starters to the field for head coach Tim Beard, the Redskins of Rush Springs have several pieces of the puzzle in place for an excellent season. 

“At Rush Springs we always expect to be at the top of the district,” said coach Beard. “Our district is tough as usual, but we are confident we can be there in the end. I believe that we are a district champion contender this year.” 

Coach Beard’s confidence in his team can be linked to his quarterback Kyle Foster (6-0, 170, Sr.). One of the more underrated QBs in the class, Foster has a good arm that coach Beard will use this season despite the run-first mentality. Foster has a nice target in Charles Beard (5-8, 140, Sr.). A crisp route runner, Beard can go across the middle or stretch the field. J.T. Gilbert (6-0, 178, Sr.) and Jacob Duke (5-10, 174, Jr.) will handle the running duties this season. Both guys are solid runners that require more than one tackler to bring them down. 

DEFENSE 

The defense appears to be just as solid as the offense with several guys going both ways. 

“We will run an attack style of defense and play downhill football,” said coach Beard. 

Leading the charge is linebacker Tell Cross (5-9, 188, Sr.). Cross plays the position with quickness and hits with purpose. Joining Cross on the defensive side of the ball is defensive back Braydon Douthit (5-9, 150, Sr.). Douthit will start in the secondary giving coach Beard someone that can cover the deep ball. With multiple guys playing both sides of the ball, the Redskins may need some of the younger talent to step up and fill in when their numbers are called. 

SCHEDULE 

8-24 – at Konawa 

8-31 – OPEN 

9-7 – vs. Hollis 

9-14 – at OKC Patriots 

9-21 – at Velma-Alma

9-28 – vs. Dibble 

10-5 – vs. Elmore City 

10-12 – at Apache 

10-18 – vs. Ringling 

10-26 – at Walters 

11-2 vs. Healdton 

 

Savanna Bulldogs

COACH: BOB POOL

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 9-2

2014 – 8-3

2015 – 2-7

2016 – 6-4

2017 – 6-4

OFFENSE

With a majority of skill players graduated, first-year coach Bob Pool has a simple goal for the Bulldogs this year.

“We’ll run out of the speed pistol this year hoping to take advantage of what the defense gives us and eliminate mistakes so we don’t beat ourselves.”

Taking over the quarterbacking chores for the Bulldogs will be Jarron Smith (6-1, 175, Sr.), He’ll have a couple of key receivers to throw for including tight end Jake Castillo (6-3, 185, Sr.) and wide receiver Chase Woods (5-8, 150, Jr.). Perhaps the biggest offensive weapon out of the pistol might be running back Dillon Foris (5-10, 180, Sr.). Gearing up to move the defensive front out will be linemen Clay Wageman (5-10, 210, Jr.) and Austin Bonebrake (6-0, 210, Sr.). There will be needed senior leadership to take charge but only three with notable playing time, so it will be up to these core guys to absorb a new coaching scheme and pass it on to the underclassmen.

DEFENSE

Most of the same names that make up the offense will appear on the defensive side of the ball as well for the Bulldogs. Wageman and Bonebrake will man the upfront spots for Savanna out of the gap sound defense that Pool will institute. Foris is expected to be a big stopper for the Bulldogs at linebacker while Castillo, Woods and Colby Dawson (5-10, 150, Sr.) will man the defensive secondary. Again, the philosophy will be simple for the Bulldog defense: keep opposing offenses in front and inside of the defense and create some turnovers.

Savanna has made the first round of the playoffs the last two years but not with great results. Pool would like to see that change while acknowledging the limited success of the past.

“This is a new year and a lot of change is happening at Savanna. I hope we can continue building on the foundation that coach (James) Bond left for us.”

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Antlers

9-7 – at Liberty

9-14 – vs. Wilburton

9-21 – OPEN

9-28 – vs. Central Sallisaw

10-5 – vs. Warner

10-12 – at Porter

10-18 – vs. Talihina

10-26 – at Gore

11-2 – vs. Hulbert

 

Sayre Eagles

COACH: RUSS RADFORD

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 3-6

2014 – 1-9

2015 – 1-9

2016 – 0-10

2017 – 3-7

OFFENSE

Operating out of the Flexbone offense the Eagles will rely heavily upon running back Randy Powell (6-2, 210, Sr.). He’ll benefit from three seniors along the offensive line. The play of Will Robinson (5-10, 245, Sr.), Spencer Robinson (5-11, 250, Sr.), and Logan Sawyer (5-9, 215, Sr.) will set the tone early on each snap. Controlling the line of scrimmage will be important for a Sayre squad that returns nine starters on offense. Wide receiver Cooper Coffman (5-10, 160, So.) should show staunch improvement following his freshman campaign and give quarterback Cooper Rhoads (6-0, 170, Jr.) a dynamic playmaker on the outside. 

DEFENSE

The Eagles operate out of a 3-3 Stack defensive formation. First year head coach Russ Radford likes what he sees out of that first line of defense. The defensive line features experience in lineman Hunter Dodson (5-9, 175, Sr.) and end KC Cargal (6-2, 210, Jr.) along with great potential in lineman Edge Hagen (5-9, 225, So.). The top defensive player might be defensive back Brodie Piercy (5-8, 140, Jr.) giving a steady presence in the secondary. At linebacker the Eagles will put a lot on the shoulders of Ricky Rameriz (5-6, 180, Sr.) and Landen Welch (5-11, 165, Jr.). 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Wheeler (Texas)

9-7 – at Claude (Texas)

9-14 – at Mooreland

9-21 – vs. Frederick

9-28 – vs. Cordell

10-5 – at Hollis

10-12 – vs Hobart

10-19 – at Hinton

10-26 – vs. Mangum

11-2 – at Merritt

 

STROUD TIGERS 

Coach: CHRIS ELERICK 

Last 5 Years:
2012 – 11-2

2013 – 6-5

2014 – 9-2 

2015 – 10-2

2016 – 6-4

2017 – 4-6

OFFENSE

Coming off a rare losing season the Tigers are eager to get back to the business of winning this season.

Leading the Tigers offense will be quarterback Grant Elerick (6-0, 160, Jr.) along with wide receiver Coby Davis (5-10, 150, Sr.) and running back Collin Seaton (5-10, 185, Sr.). 

Other key playmakers this year will include Drew Elerick (5-11, 165, Jr.) and Gage Parrick (5-11, 165 Jr.) who should both see time at receiver. Parrick may also see some carries out of the backfield as well this season according to Stroud head coach Chris Elerick.

Dropping into the Class A ranks this year after spending some time in 2A expect the experience and speed Stroud boasts to play a big factor this fall.

DEFENSE

On defense the Tigers will work out of a 3-4 front with Tyrell Godwin (5-9, 255, Sr.), Jake Edwards (6-1, 220, Jr.) and John Roggenkamp (6-0, 240, Jr.) doing the dirty work in the trenches. Ian Bullington (5-10, 215, Sr.) will see quite a bit of time at linebacker this season as will both Drew Ellerick and Parrick as they come over from the offensive side of the ball to impact things on defense as well. 

“I’m looking forward to this group. They have played a ton as young guys and now they are the old guys. They work hard and compete,” coach Elerick said.

SCHEDULE

8-23 – at Chandler

8-31 – vs. Okemah

9-7 – at Prague

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – vs. Wayne

9-28 – vs. Wewoka

10-5 – vs. Wynnewood

10-12 – at Liberty

10-18 – vs. Konowa

10-26 – vs. Allen

11-2 – at Mounds

 

Talihina Golden Tigers

COACH: Kelly Gravitt

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 13-1

2014 – 12-1

2015 – 10-2

2016 – 10-2

2017 – 10-2

OFFENSE

After a second consecutive 10-2 season and a pair of state semi-final appearances over the past five years, 2018 may be a year the Golden Tigers have to stop and take a breath. First and fore most will be finding a way to take up the slack left by offensive dynamo Sooner Box who put up over 5,000 yards during his Talihina career. The Golden Tiger offense this season will center around VYPE Top 100 pick Kyler Baugh (6-3, 275, Sr.). The strapping senior saw some action in a clean-up role behind Box at quarterback last year though coach Kelly Gravitt may move him to a fullback slot and gear the offense more to a running game. In some sets, Baugh might even line up at tight end. Baugh and Garret Taber (5-11, 185, Sr.) will run behind a powerful duo in the offensive line in Isaac Bryant (6-4, 295, Sr.) and Tracer Chitwood (6-2, 250, Sr.). The search for a new quarterback, if not Baugh, will be a primary focus for Gravitt and his staff during summer camps and fall drills.

DEFENSE

With a huge defensive front, the Golden Tigers will be hard to move the ball against and this side of the ball may well need to carry the team as the offense works to catch up. Bryant at 295 will be one of the pillars up front along with Garrett Dyson (5-11, 300, Sr.) and Cole Wilson (6-1, 190, Sr.). Taber, Baugh and Chitwood form an aggressive, competitive trio of linebackers who combined for nearly 200 tackles last season. With experience lacking in the secondary for Hugo, Gravitt will call on his front seven to contain, create turnovers and keep constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

“With the loss of several skill players, it’s going to be a little different style of ball this season than we’ve been used to seeing,” said Gravitt.

SCHEDULE

8-31 – at Wilburton

9-7 – vs. Antlers

9-13 – at Owasso JV

9-21 – vs. Gore

9-28 – vs. Porter

10-5 – at Hulbert

10-12 – vs. Central Sallisaw

10-18 – at Savanna

10-25 – vs. Stigler

11-2 – at Warner

 

Texhoma Red Devils

COACH: SKYLAR WATSON 

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 5-6

2014 – 4-7

2015 – 4-6

2016 – 3-7

2017 – 4-6

OFFENSE

The Texhoma Red Devils had a 4-6 season led by first year head coach Skylar Watson. Assisting Watson with the Red Devils are assistant coaches Buddy Husted, Cash Overton, Cody Cartwright, Harold Hudson, Mike Stephens and Billy Pier. This year’s offense should come back strong with five returning offensive starters. Leading the Red Devil offense is quarterback Bode Grice (6-1, 175, Sr.). This year coaches are working on creating a mentally and physically strong team that plays with relentless effort. The run game is led by two returning running backs, Dante Cerna (5-9, 210, Sr.) and Brayden Howard (5-8, 170, Sr.). Up front for Texhoma is Jimmy Smith (5-10, 220, Sr.) and Armando Martinez (6-1, 185, Sr.). 

DEFENSE

Coach Watson is excited to see this team grow and compete week in and week out on both sides of the ball. With five returning starters, the Red Devils have an advantage on the season. With a stacked base defensive formation, there is a tested group of linebackers for Texhoma including; Tryan Grice (5-9, 160, So.), Christopher Hayes (5-10, 165, Jr.) and Armando Martinez (6-1, 185, Sr.). On the D-line for the Red Devils is defensive lineman Dalton Farris (5-11, 215, Jr.) and in the secondary are defensive backs Isaac Word (5-9, 145, Jr.) and Bode Grice. The coaches believe that if this team continues to compete each week throughout the season the results they are wanting will take care of themselves. The Red Devils open the season at home against Gruver before taking the road trip to Trinidad in Colorado. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Gruver

9-7 – at Trinidad (CO)

9-14 – at Hollis

9-21 – vs. Fairview

9-28 – at Thomas

10-5 – vs. Mooreland

10-12 – at Beaver

10-18 – vs. Okeene

10-26 – at Oklahoma Bible Academy 

11-2 – v s. Hooker

 

Thomas-Fay-Custer Terriers

COACH: Bob Ward

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 10-2

2014 – 15-0

2015 – 9-3

2016 – 5-5

2017 – 11-2

OFFENSE

After losing in the semifinals of the 2017 Class A state tournament, the Thomas High School football team is looking to take the next step up in 2018. Coach Bob Ward is in his 14th season in charge of the Terriers and will have senior quarterback Marshal Gose (5-9, 170) to turn to this season. Gose is coming off an impressive junior season in which he had 212 carries for 1,067 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had 13 passing attempts for 254 yards and a score a year ago. At the skill positions, Zac Selzer (6-1, 165, Sr.) and Brandon Eckert (6-0, 160, Sr.) will provide senior leadership at wide receiver and aren’t shy about making big plays. 

DEFENSE

The Thomas defense returns five starters from 2017 with linebacker Ryan Miller (5-9, 160, Sr.) one of the players who will play a big role this season. Miller had 56 tackles playing in the center of the Terriers’ defense and will need to step into a bigger leadership role. On the defensive line, Brendon Stinson (6-3, 215, Sr.) and Jakotah Powers (6-1, 215, Sr.) will be tasked with pressuring the quarterback and clogging up any running lanes. Stinson had 25 tackles in 2017 and Powers had 12, but coach Ward will need them to improve on that if his team hopes to make another playoff run. It should be a fun and competitive year for the Terriers, who will undoubtedly leave it all on the field. 

SCHEDULE

8-31 – at Alva

9-7 – at Hinton

9-14 – vs. Cordell

9-21 – at Hooker

9-28 – vs. Texhoma

10-5 – at Fairview

10-12 – vs. OBA

10-18 – vs. Mooreland

10-26 – at Beaver

11-2 – vs. Okeene

 

TONKAWA BUCCANEERS 

Coach: MIKE KIRTLEY 

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 5-5

2014 – 3-7 

2015 – 6-5

2016 – 7-4

2017 – 7-4

OFFENSE

One of the most storied small school programs in the state the Tonkawa Bucs will once again be looking to compete for a playoff spot in the fall. This year it will be in District A-5 as Tonkawa dips back into the Class A ranks, a place they are very familiar with. 

On offense the Bucs return seven starters and will have a bevy of experienced players to rely on. Brayden Hampton, Peyton Day, Simeon Shepherd, Jayden Myer, Parker Miller, Dallin Hacker, Brady Hook, Austin Sharp, Cameron Grein and Cody Morgan should all see time on offense this year according to head coach Mike Kirtley.

DEFENSE

On defense Brandon Alexander, Jamison Burns, Joby Jauregui and Mason Byrum will all be key contributors this year according to Kirtley. Fans can also expect Hampton, Day, Shepherd, Myer, Miller, Hacker and Grein to make plenty of plays in the Bucs aggressive defense. 

In a district with teams such as Hominy, Morrison, Pawnee, Pawhuska and Woodland the Bucs defense will be nothing if not battle-tested. And if Tonkawa manages to get through the gauntlet that will be District A-5 this year the Bucs are definitely a team to watch in the postseason.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Blackwell 

8-31 – vs. Newkirk 

9-7 – vs. Langston Hughes 

9-14 – at Drumright 

9-21 – vs. Pawnee 

9-28 – at Pawhuska 

10-5 – vs. Woodland 

10-12 – at Morrison 

10-18 – at Barnsdall 

10-26 – OPEN 

11-2 – vs. Hominy 

 

Velma-Alma Comets

COACH: RANDY NORTON  

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 6-5

2014 – 7-4

2015 – 8-3

2016 – 1-9

2017 – 0-10

OFFENSE 

The Velma-Alma Comets are experiencing some change this season and it starts at the top. Coach Randy Norton takes over a program that went, 0-10 a year ago, but they do return a few players that will occupy key roles in the turnaround. Norton is a graduate of Velma-Alma making this challenge somewhat of a personal one. 

Chance Brooksher (5-10, 195, So.) returns as the team quarterback after starting as a freshman. Brooksher and the offense will look to move the football with players like Cooper Keck (5-7, 140, So.) at running back and Gabe Bench (5-7, 140, Jr.) at wide receiver. The offensive line took a big hit with several seniors graduating, but they do return Daylen Chandler (6-1, 245, Sr.) and Shaun Haslacker (5-9, 210, Sr.). Both guys will see time on the defensive side of the ball. 

DEFENSE 

Youth is once again the key word for the Comet defense, but defensive tackle Taylor Case (5-8, 174, Jr.) has varsity experience and will lead the attack up front. Bench has the talent to go both ways and will play corner, while Brooksher could see time in the secondary as well. Haslacker will play middle linebacker with Zach Loftin (5-10, 215, Sr.) getting time at tackle or end. Loftin is an athletic player coach Norton expects to see at tight end on offense. Everett Wade (5-8, 155, Sr.) could become the hard-hitting safety the Comets need in the secondary. Overall the defense is shaping up, but younger, less experienced players must mature and stay healthy for the Comets to compete in an always tough A-4 district. 

SCHEDULE 

8-23 – at Hinton 

8-31 – vs. Wayne 

9-7 – at Wynnewood 

9-14 – OPEN 

9-21 – vs. Rush Springs 

9-28 – at Elmore City-Pernell

10-5 – vs. Apache 

10-12 – at Ringling 

10-18 – vs. Walters 

10-26 – at Healdton 

11-3 – vs. Dibble 

 

WALTERS BLUE DEVILS   

Coach: Chuck Terry 

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 2-8

2014 – 6-5 

2015 – 8-3 

2016 – 6-4

2017 – 3-7

OFFENSE

Leading Walters’ offense this year will be six returning starters, four of whom will be playing their last season for the Blue Devils. Quarterback Josh Munn (6-0, 180, Sr.) will head up the multi-pro style formation. 

Munn will look to his running backs, Remington White (5-8, 130, Sr.) and William Wauqua (5-10, 160, Sr.), to pick up some yards and utilize their speed.

Tight end Xavier McDonald (6-2, 200, Sr.) will also play a versatile role in their offensive lineup. 

Juniors Rylan Penn (5-10, 160, Jr.) and Therrel Penn (6-2, 280, Jr.) will round out the offense. Rylan will return to fill his spot as wide receiver, while Therrel will block opponents from the line.

Head coach Chuck Terry says that whatever the team lacks in experience, they make up for in their athleticism within their skilled positions. They will use their speed and quickness to their advantage.

DEFENSE

Seniors White and McDonald also start in defense, DB and DE respectively. Juniors Rylan and Therrel Penn join them with Therrel holding down the line and Rylan in the back.

Nate Mosier (6-2, 230, Jr.) is another returning defensive player on the line. Seth Eidson (6-3, 160, Jr.) will join White and Penn as another defensive back. 

The Blue Devils have been putting in work during offseason and are ready to get out on the field. Coach Terry looks forward to seeing what the future holds.

“Players spent time working hard in the weight room during the offseason,” said Terry. “We are getting stronger both physically and mentally. If we can develop the young athletes that are coming in to fill the roles vacated on the line, we should experience success to compete in Class A.”

SCHEDULE

8-31 – at Hinton

9-7 – vs. Mangum

9-14 – vs. Comanche

9-21 – vs. Ringling

9-28 – at Apache

10-5 – at Healdton

10-12 – vs. Dibble

10-18 – at Velma-Alma

10-26 – vs. Rush Springs

11-2 – at Elmore City

 

Warner Eagles

COACH: JOHN HART

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 6-4

2014 – 3-7

2015 – 2-7

2016 – 3-8

2017 – 1-9

OFFENSE

Coach John Hart must be wondering if they’re conducting Fountain of Youth experiments across the road from the high school at Connors State College.

“We’ve gone from young to younger with over 25 freshmen and sophomores,” said the second-year coach.

As a result, Hart will make a key personnel change this season, moving Wryan Daniels (5-11, 170, Sr.) from quarterback to running back in the Eagles new gap offense. Daniels proved it’s in him as he rushed for over 800 yards last season as an option quarterback. As a result, the battle for quarterback will be between two of those youngsters Hart mentioned in freshman Hayden McElyea and sophomore Haiden Peters (6-1, 215). The line appears to be one place on the offense that should stay young but solid with returning starters Trace Elders (5-8, 250, So.), Dakota Stevens (5-8, 235, Sr.) and Brody Cannon (5-10, 210, So.) at the center spot.

DEFENSE

Cody Prater comes to Warner as the new defensive coordinator and will implement a 4-2-5 defensive set. The Eagles will count on the experience of their front six to contain opposing offenses. The D-line will start with Stevens and Elders in the down position. Hart hopes to capitalize on the Eagles speed with Peters and Zack Kuykendall (5-8, 165, So.), who saw only limited action last season due to injury, at linebackers while Daniels will anchor the secondary as one of the safeties. Donovan Howard (5-8, 155, Sr.) should also find a place in the secondary.

“Although we’re young, we do have some youngsters back who gained valuable experience last year as starters. Consistency and continued improvement is our goal from week to week. Our kids’ outlook is positive, and they are determined to become a good football team,” said Hart.

SCHEDULE

9-24 – at Chouteau

9-31 – vs. Mounds

9-7 – vs. Henryetta

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – at Central Sallisaw

9-28 – vs. OKC Patriots

10-5 – at Savanna

10-12 – at Gore

 

Watonga Eagles

COACH: Zac Maynard

Last 5 Years:

2013 – 5-6

2014 – 1-8

2015 – 4-7

2016 – 9-3

2017 – 7-5

OFFENSE

One of most explosive running back groups in Class A helped the Eagles achieve a winning season last year. Returning starter HB Jayden Flynn (5-11, 205, Sr.) led the offense by making it dominant and quick. Flynn made the VYPE Top 100 selection this season by putting up more than 1,500 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 8.6 yards per carry last year. Their second HB, Dalton Laird (5-11, 185, Jr.) was a good change of pace by having more than 900 yards, eight touchdowns, and 7.5 yards per carry. Michael Reza (6-0, 175, Jr.) has solidified his role as quarterback and is ready to lead the team into another great season. The Eagles use the wishbone formation most of the time on offense. They have seven offensive starters returning and they are ready to put some points on the board this year.

DEFENSE

Watonga has more than enough talent on the defensive side of the ball with eight starters returning. Linebacker Laird led the team in tackles last year with 132, and had the most interceptions with three throughout the year. Fellow linebacker Jayden Flynn came second in tackles with 121, and had one interception. GR Greer (5-9, 180, Sr.) packs a punch with 80 tackles and five pass breakups from last season, looking to top that this year. The Eagles have kept it simple running the 3-4 defense and will probably do the same this year. Head coach Zac Maynard’s goal for the team is to stick to basics and play a tough game.

“We want them to play tough and physical football,” says Maynard.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Okeene

8-31 – OPEN

9-7 – vs. Alva

9-14 – at Crossings Christian

9-21 – at Crescent

9-28 – vs. Minco

10-5 – at Wellston

10-12 – vs. Northeast Academy 

10-19 – at Cashion

10-26 – vs. Christian Heritage

11-2 – vs. Oklahoma Christian

 

Wayne Bulldogs

COACH: BRANDON SHARP 

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 4-6

2014 – 2-8

2015 – 6-5

2016 – 9-3

2017 – 2-8
OFFENSE

The explosiveness of the skill positions for the Bulldogs will set the tone for 11th year head coach Brandon Sharp. Wayne will put the ball in the hands of running back Rodney Gray (6-2, 205, Sr.) consistently and let him go to work. Keep an eye on Brian Ibarra (5-8, 185, So.) who is still developing but could spell Gray at times in the backfield. If Ibarra grows into a player defenses have to respect the dynamic one-two punch of he and Gray could be too much to handle for opponents. Outside at wide receiver Dawson Mantooth (6-0, 180, Sr.) and Cash Castle (6-0, 170, Sr.) are both explosive and won’t allow defenses to keep eyes in the backfield. Dalton Mullins (6-0, 180, Sr.) will line up behind center but is athletic enough to line up at receiver. Coach Sharp likes the ability of guard Bryer Norman (5-9, 190, Jr.) along the line. 

DEFENSE

Out of the 4-4 defensive formation the Bulldogs operate in coach Brandon Sharp expects his team to be fast and athletic on this side of the ball. Despite playing with eight men in the box the play of James Spencer (5-9, 155, Jr.) at free safety will keep opposing quarterbacks up at night. The linebacking corps starts with outside backers Mantooth and Levi Boydsten (5-9, 170, So.). Mantooth possesses the experience while Boydsten has so much potential. In the middle, Brannon Lewelling (6-1, 205, Fr.) will be thrust into a major role in his first season of varsity work but the coaching staff believes he is up for the task. Gray brings impressive size to the defensive backfield of the Bulldogs and has great experience. The defensive line will be bookended by AJ Sherill (5-9, 190, Sr.) and Mason Smit (5-10, 180, Sr.). Look for the pair to help a defense that returns eight starters from a year ago.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Elmore City-Pernell

8-31 – at Velma Alma 

9-7 – OPEN 

9-14 – vs. Stratford

9-21 – at Stroud 

9-28 – vs. Mounds 

10-5 – vs. Wewoka 

10-12 – at Wynnewood 

10-18 – at Liberty 

10-26 – vs. Konawa 

11-2 – at Allen 

 

Wellston

Tigers

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WEWOKA TIGERS   

Coach: Josh Cawyer

Last 5 Years:
2012 – 7-4

2013- 6-5

2014 – 7-4 

2015 – 6-4 

2016 – 7-4

2017 – 2-9

OFFENSE

NEW is the watch word in Tiger land this year. There’s a new coach, a new class, and new opponents for Wewoka in 2018. First of all, the new coach is Josh Cawyer who will need to identify some depth to help support a young starting cast. Unlike last year when the offensive line was the inexperienced group, this year the line returns three starters in Levi Henson (6-2, 240, Sr.) and big Luke Gaines (6-6, 240, So.) at tackles and Andrew Faulkner (6-0, 190, So.) at the center spot.  Two key pieces of the offensive puzzle are back in wide receiver Tyler King (6-1, 160, Sr.) who had 39 receptions last year and dual-threat Kaleb King who rushed for 366 yards and was on the receiving end for another 114 yards. Although just a sophomore, Kobey Stephens saw plenty of action last year as the Tiger signal caller with nearly 1,000 yards passing, 259 yards rushing and even caught 12 passes. If he continues to mature this season, Wewoka might turn last year’s losing campaign around. The Tigers move from Class 2A to A this year which could be a benefit but also means a bunch of new teams that they have no history with in a new district.

DEFENSE

The same guys that spark the offense will have to be the stoppers on defense at least until Cawyer can identify some depth on this side of the ball. The King boys, Tyler and Caleb, will return at cornerbacks. Stephens is also a returning starter, probably as a linebacker, and Gaines is the leading tackler with 72 last year returning at defensive end or an outside linebacker spot. Carson Edwards (6-2, 230, Sr.) plans to be an immovable object at nose guard for Wewoka. Although the Tigers have eight starters back on each side of the ball, they’re still young and have varying degrees of experience.

“We’re a young team that plans on getting better every week. Our schedule is tough, particularly early but we’ll use that as a learning tool going into district play,” said Cawyer.

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Holdenville

9-6 – vs. Ada JV

9-14 – at Seminole

9-21 – at Allen

9-28 – vs. Stroud

10-5 – at Wayne

10-12 – vs. Mounds

10-18 – at Wynnewood

10-26 – vs. Liberty

11-2 – at Konawa

 

Woodland Cougars

COACH: EDDY SCOTT

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 6-5

2014 – 4-6

2015 – 6-5

2016 – 3-7

2017 – 6-5

OFFENSE

With only four starters returning to the Woodland offense this year the Cougars will be inexperienced but will look to play fast and spread the field according to head coach Eddy Scott.

At running back, the Cougars will feature TW Moore (5-11, 180, Sr.) who rushed for 800 yards last season. Justus Jones (5-6, 140, Jr.) will also likely see some time in the backfield this year but will also play some receiver as well. 

Opening up holes for the two running backs will be an offensive line headed up by Jacob Mashburn (6-3, 240, Sr.) and Jacob Willis (6-0, 280, Sr.).

Every good spread team also needs a solid signal caller and this year that job will fall to Braden Holloway (6-1, 170, Jr.). Holloway’s top receiver this year will likely be Blake Bledsoe (6-3, 180, Jr.). 

DEFENSE

On the defensive side of the ball Mashburn and Holloway will both start at linebacker this season. A year ago Mashburn made a monster impact on defense recording 120 tackles and 13 sacks. 

In the secondary look for Bledsoe and Moore to be the two leaders with Bledsoe starting at cornerback and Moore lining up at safety. As a sophomore Bledsoe picked off eight passes and ran three of them back for touchdowns, a stat line that will definitely have opposing offensive coordinators debating even throwing to his side of the field.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Crescent

8-31 – OPEN

9-7 – vs. Pawhuska

9-14 – at Langston Hughes

9-21 – vs. Morrison

9-28 – at Pawnee

10-5 – at Tonkawa

10-12 – OPEN

10-17 – at Hominy

10-26 – vs. Barnsdall

11-2 – vs. Drumright

 

Wynnewood Savages

COACH: RICHARD NORMAN

Last 5 Years:
2013 – 10-2

2014 – 13-1

2015 – 5-6

2016 – 11-4

2017 – 6-5

OFFENSE

Back to the basics has the Savages fine tuning its 2018 game plan to not only be in the discussions for the Class A title but to bring home the big gold ball in December. Wynnewood, a 2016 finalist, returns seven starters to empower their ground game with speed to burn on the edge.

Danchez Patterson (5-8, 160, Jr.) will see plenty of touches of the football after sprinting to the goal line 10 times last season while compiling an impressive rushing average of 11.4 yards per carry. Tyler Peters (6-0, 215, Jr.) will share the Flexbone ground game along with Austin Ashley (5-10, 185, Jr.). Head coach Richard Norman’s choice to execute the offensive attack will be quarterback Jorge Gutierrez (6-3, 230, Sr.) whose size and mobility creates a dual-threat on every snap as defenders must decide if he keeps, pitches or will throw the ball. Primary targets in the passing game will be Preston Hudson (5-8, 150, Sr.) and Bo Odom (5-11, 175, Jr.).

DEFENSE

Fans of the Savages will have plenty to cheer about from the game changing results created by the 4-3 defensive unit as seven starters return.

After totaling 70 tackles including seven for loss a year ago, Kaleb Patchel (6-2, 190, Sr.) will lead the assault from his defensive end position while Araldo Hernandez (5-9, 260, Sr.) fights off blocks to make tackles. Linebackers with an attitude are a signature of the Wynnewood defense where Austin Ashley (5-10, 185, Jr.) who recorded 89 tackles as a sophomore joins forces with Tyler Peters.

Cornerback Danchez Patterson and free safety Bo Odom who along with Preston Hudson won gold last spring at the state track meet, bring blazing quickness plus hard hitting contact to the secondary unit whether defending the run or pass.

Wynnewood will have an early start to the season with a Zero-Week road contest away from home. Fans of the Savages will have to gas up the trucks and cars with three of the first four games to be played on the road.

“We’ve got a few new faces in key positions,” said Norman. “We’re excited about the possibilities waiting for us as we battle through a new district alignment for a playoff spot.”   

SCHEDULE

8-24 – at Minco

8-31 – at Elmore City

9-7 – vs. Velma-Alma

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – at Konawa

9-28 – vs. Allen

10-5 – at Stroud

10-12 – vs. Wayne

10-18 – vs. Wewoka

10-26 – at Mounds

11-2 – vs. Liberty