Pigskin Preview Revealed: East Central Cardinals Feature – Presented by Tulsa Tech

East Central Cardinals

Coach: KEVIN GORDON

Schedule:
9-6 – vs. Hale 

9-13 – at Stilwell 

9-20 – at Sapulpa 

9-27 – vs. Memorial 

10-4 – at Claremore 

10-11 – vs. Pryor 

10-17 – vs. Collinsville 

10-25 – at Tahlequah 

11-1 – at Rogers 

11-8 – vs. Skiatook 

Quick Hits:

The Cardinals four wins in 2018 equaled the combined total for the previous three seasons. 

East Central and fellow Tulsa Public Schools member Daniel Webster haven’t met in football since 1969 with Webster taking a 35-34 victory over the Cardinals. 

The Cardinals lost to Sapulpa 49-12 on September 14th halting their five game winning streak in the series. The Chieftains and Cardinals met every year from 1976 to 2001. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 4-6

2017 – 1-9 

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 0-8 

2014 – 3-6 

2013 – 4-7

OFFENSE 

The Cardinals of East Central took a few lumps last season, but head coach Kevin Gordon is excited about the talent he has returning to the field this year. Darius William (6-0, 210, Sr.) returns to lead a salty group of seniors for the Cardinal offense. William will start at running back as Sir LittleJohn (5-10, 165, Sr.) is back at quarterback. Both guys can hurt you on the ground. LittleJohn will look for Jaden Humphrey (6-0, 220, Sr.) at H-back and Jabari Washington (5-11, 170, Sr.) at tailback. The Cardinals want to have a balanced attack this season and offensive lineman Ezekial Hearne (6-2, 270, Sr.) is a big reason they can accomplish that. Hearne can make holes for the run game and give LittleJohn time to throw the ball. Deterrion Fields (6-5, 300, Sr.) is another O-lineman looking to help move people off the line of scrimmage. “We are going to be a very balanced attack this year and try to get the football in our athletes’ hands,” Gordon said. 

DEFENSE

Don’t be shocked to see several players going both ways this season as the Cardinals look to put the best 11 on the field. William starts at linebacker in the 4-3 the Cardinals will employ this year. Hearne and Fields will play some defensive line with Humphrey. James Joseph (6-2, 290, Sr.) is a big tackle looking to disrupt opposing offenses. LittleJohn and David Turner (5-9, 165, Jr.) start in the secondary with Washington. “We want an aggressive attacking defense that will swarm to the ball and play with a lot of speed and intensity,” Gordon said. The coaching staff consists of Rashid Lowe, Will Wabaunsee, Mike Tyson, Gary Deason and Damian Gibson.