Pigskin Preview Revealed: Catoosa Indians Feature – Presented by Tulsa Bone & Joint

Catoosa Indians 

Coach: Jason Medrano

Schedule:
9-6 – at Sallisaw 

9-13 – vs. Glenpool 

9-20 – vs. Coweta 

9-27 – at Wagoner 

10-4 – vs. Miami 

10-11 – at Grove 

10-17 – vs. Cleveland 

10-25 – at McLain 

11-1 – vs. Bristow 

11-8 – at Oologah 

Quick Hits:

The Indians and Oologah Mustangs have met in eleven consecutive seasons. Catoosa ended a six game slide in the series with a 30-12 victory on November 2nd. 

Catoosa qualified for the playoffs the ninth time in ten years but were bounced by Broken Bow in the first round. The Indians and Savages have met three times in the first round with Broken Bow winning twice. 

Catoosa has won nine straight against Miami including a 40-21 win in 2018. The WarDogs last defeated Catoosa in 1997.  

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 7-4

2017 – 7-4 

2016 – 5-6

2015 – 4-5

2014 – 5-6

2013 – 8-4

OFFENSE 

Offensively, the Indian are looking to play an up-tempo, aggressive style that will keep their opponents on their heels. Head coach Jason Medrano said his team looked good in spring ball and is expecting more improvement as the season approaches. “I am excited about the upcoming season,” Medrano said. “The kids have shown the ability to adapt to the changes offensively and defensively during spring drills. If they continue to show improvement throughout the summer, it will be a fun and exciting season.” Dylan Ward (6-3, 255, Sr.) is one of the guys up front that Medrano will lean on for leadership this year. Ward is a two-year starter at left tackle. Quarterback Cody Busch II (5-11, 175, Jr.) enters his first season under center for the Indians. Busch has a quick release and a strong arm. One target he will look for is Jaylon Otero (5-9, 175, Sr.), is a speedy receiver with the ability to adjust his routes to make the catch. Gavin Phillips (5-11, 175, Sr.) is a multi-purpose back and will be utilized in the run and pass games. Hayden Keeter (5-10, 165, Sr.) has good hands and runs crisp routes. Also look for Dylan Velazquez (5-8, 185, Sr.) at running back. He plays with an aggressive style and has the speed to get around the edge.

DEFENSE 

Five starters return to the defensive side of the ball for Catoosa. Ward will also start at defensive end, which is a new position for him this season. Last year he started at defensive tackle. Velazquez also makes a move on defense, leaving his outside linebacker spot and moving to middle linebacker. Velazquez is expected to be one of the leaders on defense. Johnny Treesh (6-2, 205, Sr.) is a hybrid-type player the Indians hope can play multiple positions, mainly linebacker and end. The secondary features a few starters from the offensive unit, including Keeter and Phillips at free and strong safety respectively. Otero is penciled in at one of the corner spots. Phillips is an aggressive tackler with a nose for the football. Joining Ward up front are two seniors in Jose Gonzalez and Shane Vaughn. The coaching staff has added a few new assistant coaches to go with the new head coach. David Heath will coach the defensive secondary, Rick Thompson takes over linebackers and Curt Denton will coach the offensive line.