Eufaula Football Feature – Presented by Eufaula Ford

EUFAULA IRONHEADS

Coach: LARRY NEWTON JR.

LAST 6 YEARS:
2018 – 10-3

2017- 6-5

2016- 8-4

2015- 3-8

2014- 9-3

2013- 5-5

OFFENSE

The Ironheads entered 2018 with some question marks, particularly at the quarterback spot. But after losing two of their first three games, Eufaula rattled off nine straight wins before falling in the Class 2A quarterfinals to eventual state champ Sperry. The Ironheads start 2019 with a solid set of skilled athletes that had tremendous sophomore seasons in quarterback Nick Jones (6-0, 165, Jr.) who was a dual threat as he passed for 483 yards and ran for 768 yards and a combined 23 touchdowns and Noah Alexanders (6-0, 180, Jr.) who was the workhorse of the Ironhead offense carrying the rock 179 times for 1406 yards and 11 TDs. Eufaula did lose some experienced hands in the offensive line so Kendan Watson (6-0, 270, Sr.) returns with the most varsity playing time. Coach Larry Newton Jr. will look to Jacob Fitzer (6-3, 200, Jr.), Tye Pippenger (6-0, 200, Jr.), and big Ty Dodd (6-4, 300, So.) to take up the slack. Graduation decimated the Eufaula receiving corps so Newton and his staff will have to identify some new talent in that area.

“We have a chance to be very explosive on offense,” said Newton. “How explosive will be determined by the effectiveness of our line where we are thin.” 

DEFENSE

The Ironheads lost some four-year starters in the secondary but up front they should be strong particularly if they can find some depth. Pippenger returns at linebacker where his 128 tackles led the team last year while Watson will flag down runners again from his nose guard position where he garnered 65 tackles and eight sacks in 2018. Joining Watson in the trenches will be Larry Rea (5-10, 180, Jr.) who had 67 stops last season and Noah Gray (6-0, 155, Jr.) is back at outside linebacker where he should improve on his 71 tackles from last year. Jones will have to be the guiding force in the secondary as the Ironheads bring along some new faces to help him out. The Ironheads will be young but talented on this side of the ball. “We’ll be trying to build on our success from last year but winning another district title and getting back to the playoffs will be harder for us this year. Flip a coin-it could go either way,” said Newton.

SCHEDULE

9-6 – vs. Vian

9-13 – at Holdenville

9-20 – vs. Checotah

9-27 – vs. Heavener

10-4 – at Hartshorne

10-11 – vs. Hugo

10-17 – at Wilburton

10-25 – vs. Valliant

11-1 – at Antlers

11-8 – at Atoka