Wilburton Football Feature – Presented by First National Bank of McAlester

WILBURTON DIGGERS   

Coach: JEFF MARSHALL

LAST 6 YEARS:
2018 – 3-7

2017 – 3-7

2016 – 7-4

2015 – 5-5

2014 – 1-9 

2013 – 0-10

OFFENSE

After suffering through a sub-par season in 2018, the young Diggers have a valuable year of experience behind them and have high hopes for an improved 2019. Quarterback Grayson Mathis (6-0, 155, So.) got a baptism by fire in his freshman season but still passed for over 500 yards and ran for over 300 more, making him a serious dual-threat this season. He’ll be taking on a whole new offense as coach Jeff Marshall has elected to leave the flexbone in favor of the spread to take advantage of his team speed. The offensive line’s experience and size will be a big plus for the Diggers, led by seniors Cole Meaders (6-0, 250) and Clayton Lawson (5-11, 206), as well as a big load in Brad Jones (6-5, 323, Jr.). Other than Mathis, the rest of the running game will be in the hands of untested Christian Gockel (6-0, 170, So.) who may also see action at wide receiver, along with another sophomore in Jordan Miller (5-6, 135), who led Wilburton last year with 17 receptions in the run-first flexbone.

DEFENSE

Again, youth will prevail on the defensive side of the ball with linebacker appearing to be the strong point of the Digger D. Gockel returns at linebacker, where he was part of 44 tackles, second-best on the team last season. Ralph Camacho (5-6, 175, Jr.) will also be back at linebacker, as will Donnivin Spencer (6-0, 180, So.). Lane Spruell (6-1, 175, So.) should also see more playing time at linebacker as well for the Purple. Two other Diggers who saw action last year should break into the starting lineup in Aubrey Runkle (5-10, 145, So.) at corner and Jason Justice (6-1, 230, So.) up front. The Diggers will have their hands full learning a new offense, overcoming their youth and a schedule that puts them in front of the hometown faithful just four times. But Marshall is optimistic about his young crew.

“We’ve got a lot of young players who were thrown into the fire last year but persevered,” Marshall said. “I’m excited to see what they’ll do with a year of experience under their belt.”

SCHEDULE

9-6 – at Talihina

9-13 – at Konawa

9-20 – vs. Savanna

9-27 – at Antlers

10-4 – vs. Valliant

10-11 – at Atoka

10-17 – vs. Eufaula

10-25 – vs. Hartshorne

11-1 – at Heavener

11-8 – at Hugo