Keota Football Feature – Presented by First National Bank of Stigler

Keota Lions

COACH: ERIC HENRY

LAST 6 YEARS:

2018 – 8-3

2017 – 9-4

2016 – 8-4

2015 – 12-1

2014 – 10-2

2013 – 9-3

OFFENSE

The skill set is high for the Lions on offense as they return their entire backfield from a second-round playoff team. That was Keota’s seventh straight trip to the postseason. A nice surprise for the Lions last season was the emergence of Jace Welch (5-11, 150, So.), who turned out to be a triple-threat player, rushing for 849 yards and 14 touchdowns, receiving for 247 yards, and even passing for three touchdowns as he split time between running back and quarterback. The bulk of the QB duties again will be handled by Cash Long (5-10, 140, Sr.) who threw for 1,361 yards and 20 TDs last season. As if Welch wasn’t enough out of the Power-I, Keota also has accomplished blocker Keelyn Parker (6-0, 185, Sr.) at fullback. He ran for 836 yards with 11 TDs last year. Cordell Ramsey (5-11, 150, Sr.) returns at tight end, Eli Ramirez (5-7, 140, Sr.) adds depth at running back and Christian Ross (6-0, 220, Sr.) holds down the fort at center. An offense that averaged better than 44 points a game in 2018 doesn’t look to slow down any this season.

DEFENSE

The Lion defense, which had five shutouts and allowed just 18 points a game last year, probably will not be any more generous this season. There are just four starters back, but three of them are at the heart of the defense at linebacker. Welch, along with Colby Ross (5-10, 180, Jr.) and Kaleb Heffner (6-0, 150, Sr.), combined for 190 tackles last season. The line includes Logan Scoggins (5-11, 160, Sr.), who recorded 68 tackles last season, and Ramirez as part of the 3-3 defense. The lockdown guy for the Lions in the secondary is Ramsey, who had 76 tackles in 2018. “Coming off a pretty good season last year and with the starters we have back, we should make a push in the playoffs,” said veteran coach Eric Henry, “particularly if we can stay healthy.”

SCHEDULE

8-30 – vs. Weleetka

9-6 – OPEN

9-13 – at Oaks

9-20 – vs. Canadian

9-27 – vs. Depew

10-4 – at Wetumka

10-11 – at Gans

10-17 – vs. Porum

10-25 – vs. Arkoma

11-1 – at Dewar

11-8 – at Cave Springs