Atoka Football Feature – Presented by Stuteville Ford of Atoka

ATOKA WAMPUS CATS

Coach: JACOB CUPP

LAST 6 YEARS:
2018 – 0-10

2017- 1-9

2016- 1-9

2015- 2-8

2014- 1-9

2013- 0-10

OFFENSE

For a program that has struggled in recent years, hopes are higher in 2019 as the Wampus Cats return just about everyone on offense. They’re young but have a solid year of experience behind them and coach Jacob Cupp will make some changes to see if Atoka can find a way to be more productive. First, a new quarterback in sophomore Tyson Barrett (5-11, 160) gets the nod. Trent Yarbrough (5-9,170, Jr.), who was under center last year, moves to running back or wide receiver. Last year Yarbrough ran for nearly 800 yards and passed for 500 more in Cupp’s multiple-I formation. He’ll probably split running back duties with Will McCall (6-0, 200, Jr.), who toted the ball for 245 yards. Nolan Burrage (6-1, 180, Sr.) and Wyatt Holland (5-10, 170, Sr.) will be on the receiving end of passes for the Wampus Cats. There’s also a solid base of experience in the offensive line, with three guys who saw action last year in Juan Garcia (6-0, 210, Sr.), Ethan Lewis (6-0, 275, Sr.) and Cooper Collins (5-9, 250, So.). Atoka also has an offensive weapon in senior kicker Redi Mustafaraj who is getting some college looks.

DEFENSE

Experience also abounds on the defensive side of the ball for the Wampus Cats. There’s enough depth that McCall at linebacker should be the only player that has to go both ways. The heart of the defense will be the line in Cupp’s old-school 5-2 defensive set. At the end spots will be Kaden Edwards (5-10, 170, Sr.), who had 55 tackles last year, and Michael Wyrick (6-1, 175, Jr.), who gathered 42 tackles. Quenton LeFlore (6-0, 200, Jr.) with 63 tackles in 2018 and Nolan Powell (6-0, 190, Sr.) will also be part of that defensive front. The leading tackler returning for Atoka is linebacker Eli Turrentine (5-9, 170, Jr.), who had 75 last season. The secondary is headed up by Tarrin Snow (6-0, 170, Jr.). “We had a great offseason and the entire team has bought in to the program,” Cupp said. “They work hard every day and have a desire to improve. If we’ll continue to get better each week, we will be where we need to be at the end of the year.”

SCHEDULE

9-6 – vs. Coalgate

9-13 – at Kingston

9-20 – at Holdenville

9-27 – vs. Hartshorne

10-4 – at Heavener

10-11 – vs. Wilburton

10-17 – at Hugo

10-25 – vs. Antlers

11-1 – at Valliant

11-8 – vs. Eufaula