Checotah Football Feature – Presented by Connors State College

CHECOTAH WILDCATS 

Coach: CHAD HENDRICKS

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 6-4

2017 – 5-6

2016 – 4-6

2015 – 7-4

2014 – 8-4 

2013 – 10-2

OFFENSE

The Wildcats will be looking to fill the shoes of departed quarterback Cade Shropshire and it appears that duty will fall to the athletic Jacob Barrett (6-1, 175, Sr.), a VYPE Top 100 selectee, who he was a standout at wide receiver last year, grabbing 55 passes for 918 yards and 11 touchdowns. Checotah is also blessed to have another VYPE Top 100 pick to help out on the offense in workhorse running back Dontierre Fisher (5-10, 185, So.) who had breakout freshman year last season with 14 touchdowns. And those two will have big help up front with three returning linemen in Bobby Morton (6-0, 235, Sr.), Tyler Whitlock (6-0, 265, Sr,), and Chance Wood (6-1, 285, Sr.) at center. How well and quickly Barrett picks up the quarterbacking chores will have a lot to do with how the offense rolls this year but coach Chad Hendricks is optimistic. “We have the potential to be very explosive on offense,” said Hendricks. Quite a statement coming off a team that averaged nearly 40 points a game last season.

DEENSE

The Wildcats will be looking to build some depth on the defensive side of the ball as key players will have to go both ways at least initially. But on the plus side, with six returning starters Checotah does have more experience back on defense than they did at the start of the 2018 campaign. The Wildcats will be young at the linebacker spots in the 4-3 defense with Fisher manning one of the spots after nailing 45 tackles last year. He’s joined by Bailey McIntosh (6-1, 205, Jr.) and Andrew Arden (5-11, 180, Jr.) both of whom had about 40 tackles last year.  Whitlock and Morton will be two main stoppers up front and Barrett will be the lone returning starter in the secondary where he had 41 tackles in 2018. Hendricks feels the depth will be there for the Wildcats and they should be better on that side of the ball. “We’ll be much improved on defense with increased depth. If we can stay healthy, we have a chance to be pretty good.”

SCHEDULE

9-6 – vs. Keys

9-13 – vs. Hilldale

9-20 – at Eufaula

9-27 – vs. Webster

10-4 – at Okmulgee

10-11 – at Stigler

10-17 – vs. Idabel

10-25 – at Seminole

11-1 – at Roland

11-8 – vs. Lincoln Christian