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AUGUST 2013 SNB Bank of Chickasha has teamed up to grant a $1,000 Scholarship to be presented in the June issue of VYPE. Here is how it will work: • Each month, VYPE will take nominations for an Athlete of the Month and a boy or girl will be elected the SNB Bank of Chickasha Athlete of the Month. This will be a chance for boys and girls of all sports to be recognized for their performances. • Nominees can be mailed to Oklahoma@ VYPE.com. Give the nominee’s name, school, sport and reasons you believe the athlete should be awarded the scholarship. • The nominees will need to be seniors this season but keep in mind that their accomplishments as juniors will be taken into consideration as well. • Each monthly recipient will be a candidate for the scholarship that will be awarded in June. • All sports will be eligible to have a nomination. • The male and female athletes who are chosen each month will have a pictured bio, highlighting their accomplishments, placed on this page. Nominees will be profiled in VYPE magazine, but it is not necessary to be profiled in order to win the scholarship.

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Lauren McGeough Chickasha High School Chickasha pom squad member Lauren McGeough is the SNB Bank of Chickasha Athlete of the Month. Pom isn’t the only thing McGeough is involved in however. The senior also dances competitively with Top Hat Talent in Moore. McGeough also is president of Chickasha’s class of 2014, is the voice of CHS making her responsible for making daily announcements to the student body and is a member of the yearbook staff where she serves as a photographer. McGeough has also served as a baseball manager in the spring sports season and will be entering her third year as a manager this year. After high school McGeough said she is looking forward to attending the University of Oklahoma, majoring in journalism and broadcasting, participating in sorority recruitment and trying out for the pom squad.


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Pregame A letter from Kyle Kendrick

8 | VYPE Top 100 The Southwest portion of the state was well represented in VYPE’s Top 100 list. Take a look at which players made the list and how you can vote for them to be 2013’s Shelter Insurance Mr. Football..

34 | Chickasha Volleyball and Softball The Chickasha volleyball and softball teams have begun play and both have high hopes for this season. Can the Lady Chicks make a run at a softball gold ball? With a bevy of experienced players what’s in store for the volleyball team? Find out here.

38 | Duncan Football The Demons are looking to cause some havoc in district 5A-1 this year. Can dynamic offensive playmaker Je’Mario McCoy and a defense led by Connor Kelly guide the Demons to a playoff run?

46 | Tony Roberts: Unplugged The VYPE team sat down with Empire head football coach Tony Roberts and talked some football. Find out what he thinks of his team, his new quarterback and a whole lot more.

Fall Sports Have Begun!!! August is always an exciting month for fall sports athletes. The heat, practice and the anticipation of the upcoming season are all factors that drive players nearly mad. But most fall sports also start in August and football begins in early September. Now that action on the softball diamond and volleyball court have begun you can find a lot of in-depth coverage in this magazine on many top regional teams. In this issue you’ll find football team breakdowns for all the Lawton schools, Chickasha, Duncan, Anadarko, Ardmore, Clinton, Weatherford and many more.

Up for your debate is the Southwest Oklahoma Pre-season All-VYPE team.

Our focus at VYPE is on the student athletes that make this publication the best coverage of high school sports in the state. We’re always looking for nominations for all of our monthly awards that you will find in this magazine. If you know someone who should be recognized for his or her achievements on or off the field email us at Oklahoma@vype.com. And please thank the advertisers you see in this magazine. Without their commitment to your schools and kids we couldn’t bring you this wonderful product. Good luck to all of the teams this year and we’ll see you at the game.

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Southwest Oklahoma PRESEASON TEAM OFFENSE QB

Jacob Spady

6-5, 195, Sr.

Hinton Comets

RB

RJ Sink

5-11, 170, Sr.

Anadarko Warriors

RB

Je’Mario McCoy

5-9, 160, Sr.

Duncan Demons

WR

Carter Swanson

6-3, 195, Sr.

Ardmore Tigers

WR

Myykhail Shaw

6-0, 195, Sr.

Lawton Wolverines

TE

Josh Danna

6-1, 200, Sr.

Tipton Tigers

OL

Austin Hogg

6-3, 285, Sr.

Elgin Owls

OL

Caleb Kunze

6-1, 280, Sr.

Lawton MacArthur Highlanders

OL

Jalin Barnett

6-4, 285, Jr.

Lawton Wolverines

OL

Dalton Dismuke

6-6, 270, Jr.

Duncan Demons

OL

Riley Daniel

6-5, 295, Jr.

Ringling Blue Devils

DEFENSE DL

Mike Moana

6-2, 285, Sr.

Lawton Ike Eagles

DL

Ivan Thomas

6-1, 280, Sr.

Lawton Wolverines

DE

Chaz Carr

6-2, 185, Jr.

Healdton Bulldogs

DE

Ty Milligan

6-1, 196, Sr.

Davis Wolves

LB

Taylor Wattenbarger

5-10, 215, Sr.

Lawton Wolverines

LB

TJ McAdams

6-0, 210, Sr.

Altus Bulldogs

LB

Ethan Smith

6-2, 235, Sr.

Anadarko Warriors

DB

Evan Whitt

5-10, 170, So.

Empire Bulldogs

DB

Hayden Eubanks

5-10, 170, Sr.

Lindsay Leopards

DB

Trey Booker

5-11, 185, Sr.

Frederick Bombers

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Khalil Johnson

5-10, 175, Jr.

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Gabriel Rui

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Brandon Pollard

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Taylor Townsend

5-10, 162, Sr.

Fox Foxes

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Slade Stewart

5-11, 195, Jr.

Ringling Blue Devils

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Cade Morris

5-11, 180, Sr.

Chickasha Fight Chicks

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Ezekial Henson

5-8, 160, Sr.

Cache Bulldogs

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The top 100 high school football players in the state will compete for the annual title of Mr. Football Oklahoma prsented by Shelter Insurance. Here are the top 100 players from the SWOK area as they introduce themselves and represent their schools. Polls are open for the first round of online voting at VYPEOK.com RJ SINK

RB – 5-11, 170, SR. ANADARKO WARRIORS

LOUDEN JOHNSON LB/RB – 5-11, 198, SR. WAYNE BULLDOGS

A humble player, RJ Sink is what you look for in a durable back that brings it on every play. Doesn’t know the word quit, Sink combines balance, speed and vision making him one of the top backs in the state. “I’m just honored to be in the Top 100! I just love to play football and compete,” said Sink.

One of the toughest players in the Top 100, Louden Johnson is a hard-hitting, hard-running football player with one goal in mind, winning for his team. “I have never entered a season where we were supposed to be good, but every year we have proved people wrong. Wayne is here to stay,” said Johnson. Follow him on twitter @louden_johnson.

VYPE Factor – Continuing a tradition of great running backs at Anadarko, Sink may find himself carrying the team, a job he welcomes.

GRANT LEE

OL – 6-1, 305, SR. CLINTON RED TORNADOES Grant Lee is a talented, workhorse of an offensive lineman with one of those nasty streaks you love in your big men up front. The senior is receiving interest from several schools including OSU, Tulsa and Memphis. “I should be Mr. Football Oklahoma because I’m a hard worker and I believe I can beat anyone on the field,” said Lee. Follow Lee on twitter @ grantlee72.

VYPE Factor – Projects to the next level as a guard or center. Lee is strong, has tremendous balance and plays smart football.

CARTER SWANSON WR/DB – 6-3, 195, SR. ARDMORE TIGERS This showstopper has an impressive highlight reel, but look for Carter Swanson to find his groove this season and become more of a household name. “I should be Mr. Football Oklahoma 2013 because I give my all and I’m a playmaker,” said Swanson. Follow Carter on twitter @Magic_Sw4nson.

VYPE Factor – Swanson has worked on his strength and speed, both of which could land Swanson a spot on a college roster next season.

MARQUIZ SIMPKINS RB – 5-11, 186, JR. CLINTON RED TORNADOES Known as “Hollywood” for his flashy performances, Marquiz Simpkins played like a seasoned senior last year. Simpkins combines speed and good size to his advantage to beat would be defenders. The junior has two years of high school football left, but this season may be the most important.

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VYPE Factor – A relentless competitor who is never satisfied. Louden will out work his opponents and is always prepared.

JACOB SPADY QB – 6-5, 195, SR. HINTON COMETS With a cannon for an arm, Jacob Spady is quickly becoming one of the more talked about quarterbacks. Spady posted some impressive numbers last season and is expected to do the same in 2013. “I work hard year round for football and I believe my performance on the field displays that,” said Spady. Follow Jacob on twitter @ jacobspady10. VYPE Factor – Simply put, Spady is the best quarterback not on every college radar, but that will change. Size and a great arm will get him to the next level.

TAYLOR WATTENBARGER MLB – 6-1, 190, SR. LAWTON WOLVERINES A throwback middle linebacker, Taylor Wattenbarger brings that old school style of play to the field for the Wolverines. “We are looking to win it all this year and are going to put in the work to be the best,” said Wattenbarger. With interest from several schools, Wattenbarger will play college ball next fall. Follow Taylor on twitter @T_Watt_44. VYPE Factor – Wattenbarger has a motor that does not shut off. If it’s hard-hitting linebackers you like, Wattenbarger’s your man.

TAYLOR TOWNSEND QB – 5-10, 162, SR. FOX FOXES Another stat machine, Taylor Townsend is serving up massive amounts of yardage and touchdowns in every game. Townsend may get some looks from a few colleges, but whoever offers this kid a spot will get a competitor. “I should be considered for Mr. Football Oklahoma because I have worked hard and I live for football,” said Townsend. VYPE Factor – The production Taylor Townsend puts up is amazing. Look for Townsend to have another incredible year.


What SWOK area teams have the best shot to make the state championship game in Stillwater? Ardmore The Tigers will be led on offense by wide receiver and VYPE Top 100 selection Carter Swanson and quarterback Clay Atwood. The Tigers also have a bevy of ball carriers like Kaine McCullough, Jarred Hall, Jamarcus Mills, O.J. Walker and Kydric Knox capable of making big plays in the running game. On the defensive side of the ball Ardmore brings back nine starters including Rontrey Burkhalter, Keyshawn Brown, Darius Lawson and Swanson. If the Tigers hope to make it to Stillwater they will first need to navigate through a tough district schedule including Lawton MacArthur, Duncan and Chickasha. Lawton

No stranger to state titles the Lawton Wolverines could easily find themselves in Stillwater this winter. If that is to happen look for senior nose guard, Texas Tech commit and VYPE Top 100selection Ivan Thomas to have a big impact. Along with what he brings to the table for Lawton’s defense Thomas will also get some carries in the Wolverine’s offense. Lawton also has a star quarterback in Dallas Sealey who has drawn interest from several Division I schools like Duke, New Mexico

and Utah State. Lawton also has an offensive lineman in Jalin Barnett who holds scholarship offers from both Oklahoma and Stanford. Anchoring the Lawton defense alongside Thomas will be senior Macarthur Mack and Kevin Bell. Lawton MacArthur

The Highlanders have had their fair share of trips to Stillwater, the latest coming in 2011 when MacArthur fell to Guthrie. What MacArthur doesn’t have yet is a gold ball to put in their football trophy case. Hoping to help the Highlanders achieve the elusive crown at the Class 5A pinnacle will be offensive lineman Caleb Kunze and Colton Gilpen. Wide receivers Barry Williams III and Gary McKnight give MacArthur a pair of playmakers on the outside. The MacArthur defense boasts a trio of star linebackers in Mitchell Fritts, Javi Laboy, and Madison Phillips. Reed Pellerin will be another key figure on the MacArthur defense from his spot at free safety. Anadarko

The Warriors have made back-to-back trips to Stillwater. In 2011 Anadarko won the Class 3A state title and last year fell to Clinton in the Class 4A title tilt. Leading Anadarko’s charge

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to get back to Stillwater is star running back and VYPE Top 100 selection R. J. Sink. Sink ran for 1,836 yards and 35 touchdowns last year as a junior and has already garnered interest from Tulsa and multiple Big 12 schools. Mykel Shaw and Brayden Alexander will also be key playmakers on the offensive side of the ball for Anadarko. Shaw and Josh Parton will star in the Anadarko secondary while linebackers Ethan Smith and Jared Wheeler will be key cogs at linebacker. Hinton

VYPE Top 100 selectee and Hinton quarterback Jacob Spady have helped build a large amount of excitement around the Comets football team. Some targets Spady will have at his disposal this year are Brennon Smith and Mark Fink. Running back Raedan Sharry will also be a key part of the Hinton offense this year. On the defensive side of things Kyler Vowell was Hinton’s leading tackler last year and is back and ready to wreak havoc again this year. Kolt Jackson is another defensive player with a nasty streak on the defensive line. Jackson recorded six sacks last season and made 33 tackles.


VYPE caught up with three of the top athletes in the Southwest Oklahoma region to discuss their teams, the upcoming season and the craziness that can be the locker room. VYPE: What’s the craziest thing someone has said to you on the field or from the stands?

R.J. Sink: The craziest thing someone said to me on the field was “can I have your autograph after the game?” Je’Mario McCoy: Someone once called me the “N” word. Probably the craziest thing I have ever had happen on the field.

RJ Sink R.J. Sink from Anadarko, Ivan Thomas of Lawton and Je’Mario McCoy from Duncan are three tremendously talented athletes that look to lead their teams this season. With practice underway R.J., Ivan and Je’Mario took a few minutes to answer our pressing questions and give us an idea of what life is like with the season rapidly approaching. VYPE: How has the team looked in practice and how have summer workouts gone?

Ivan Thomas: Our team looks really solid on both sides of the ball. With each practice we get better and you can see it day after day. Je’Mario McCoy: The team as a whole works harder than any team out of the four years I have been at Duncan so I think we look amazing.

R.J. Sink: The team looks pretty good. Like we have something to prove. Really clicking on everything.

Ivan Thomas: The craziest thing someone told me was that they could hunt, fish, and hit harder than me (laughs). But we settled that little dispute (laughs). VYPE: In the huddle is there someone always asking for ball or who is the most vocal besides the QB? Ivan Thomas: Our QB is always asking for the ball cause he is vocal and works hard and pushes us to get

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promise I ask for the ball every play.

VYPE: Who is your favorite opponent and why? R.J. Sink: I love to play Clinton. It’s always going be a good game.

Je’Mario McCoy: I love playing Mac because I love how hard both teams play.

Ivan Thomas: I love to play teams that are good like Edmond Santa Fe. It really works my skills to see where I stand and how I prepare each week for a game. VYPE: What do you want people to say about you after your playing days in high school are over?

Ivan Thomas: They will say he was one of the best nose guards we’ve had, he sure could hunt and fish, and was a roping fool (cowboy).

R.J. Sink: I want people to say something great about me. Look up to me. Compare other players to me.

Je’Mario McCoy: When I leave I want people to say he was a great leader and always gave 100% on the field and that I was one of the greatest running backs at Duncan.

better. He wants to make things happen for the team.

R.J. Sink: I’m always asking for the ball. I just love to make plays and take the game over. Je’Mario McCoy: I hate to sound cocky or over confident, but I can

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in the state will be looked upon to be the man. He had 1,000 yards receiving and 500 yards rushing last season. Coach Lee said he would do a lot of things to get the ball in his hands. Anther receiver to look for will be tight end Ryan Richart (6-0, 210, Sr.) who is coming of injury and was limited on offense last year.

Coach: MIKE LEE

Enrollment: 510 Schedule:

Sept. 6 – at Lawton MacArthur Sept. 13 – vs. Heritage Hall Sept. 20 – vs. Oklahoma City Southeast Sept. 27 – vs. Weatherford Oct. 4 – at Elgin Oct. 11 – vs. Anadarko Oct. 18 – at Piedmont Oct. 25 – at Elk City Nov. 1 – vs. Cache Nov. 8 – at Woodward

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Marquiz Simpkins OFFENSE

After winning their 16th state title, more of the same is expected at Clinton and coach Mike Lee. They have a good start towards that goal with two VYPE Top 100 Players on the team in Grant Lee and Marquiz Simpkins. Lee (6-3, 285, Sr.) will be the anchor of the offensive live for the Red Tornadoes at the right tackle position. At left tackle will be Ben Radke (6-3, 240, Sr.) and Michael Knabe (6-1, 175, Jr.) will be getting after it at guard. Starting at quarterback will be Blake Clanton (6-0, 170, Sr.). He will be coming off surgery after a first week injury last season, but looks to be at full strength for this years season opener. The heart and soul of the I formation offense will be Simpkins (5-11, 186, Jr.). Look for big things from this talented back that ran for over 2,000 yards in 2012 including 119 yards and the game winning touchdown in last years state championship. When they look to the air, speedy Devin Mitchell (5-7, 150, Sr.) one of the most versatile players

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The trenches again will be the strength for the Red Tornadoes on defense. Lee and Radke will be up front in their multiple look defense. Knabe is as fast and tough as they come at nose guard. Linebackers will be Donivien Brown (5-10, 170, Sr.) and Wyatt Eaton (5-9, 185, Jr.) with Mitchell and Simpkins in the defensive backfield. Mitchell looks to add to his 18 interceptions he has tallied. Coach Lee said he has a lot of guys on defense that like to and can run hit and chase. They will mix things up some with their looks, but will blitz and attack, keeping their opponents guessing.

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eagles Coach: DAN KURTENBACH Enrollment: 499

Schedule: Sept. 6 – vs. Harrah Sept. 13 – at Duncan Sept. 20 – at McGuinness Sept. 27 – at Clinton Oct. 4 – vs. Woodward Oct. 11 – at Cache Oct. 18 – at Elk City Oct. 25 – vs. Elgin Nov. 1 – at Anadarko Nov. 8 – vs. Piedmont

Last 5 Years: 2012 - 7-4 2011 – 6-5 2010 – 1-9 2009 – 12-1 2008 – 4-6

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Dan Kurtenbach takes over the Weatherford football team and is excited to be working with a great staff and a bunch of tough, experienced men. The Jason Nichols young Eagles will be operating out of a multiple I formation, looking to be fundamentally sound and utilizing a ball control offense. Triggering the offense will be Garrett Gaunt (6-2, 170, Sr.) who will return at quarterback after throwing for over 1,500 yards and ten touchdowns last year. They will have a couple big backs pounding the ball on the ground in Jason Nichols (6-2, 190, Sr.) who rushed for nearly 400 yards last year along side Jacob Hoffman (5-9, 195, Jr.) who racked up 289 yards. C.J. Davis will be one of the go to receivers this

season along with Paden Morris and Josh Exina. Opening up the holes up front will be Grant Schamburg (6-3, 225, Sr.) and Ben Ervin (6-1, 250, Jr.). With six returning starters, look for good things for the Eagle offense. DEFENSE

The Eagles will be returning six starters from last year’s squad. Kurtnebach is looking for a very aggressive yet fundamentally sound defense, which loves to get to the football and make plays, running a 4-3. The strength of the defense may be Hoffman and linebacker. Schamburg will be looked upon to anchor the defensive side of the ball along with Josh Exina (6-0-, 200, Sr.) who will be lined up at defensive end. C.J.Davis (6-4, 185, Sr.) and Morris (6-1, 170, Sr.) will be patrolling the secondary.

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VYPE Trivia: In 1957 Lawton had two players named to the All-State team, who were they and who was their head coach? Give us your answer on Twitter: #LawtonWolverines OFFENSE

The Wolverines failed to hit their marks in 2012. A fast 5-0 start was derailed by injuries, and only one win followed in the remaining five weeks. Eight starters were lost over that span but it did allow for several sophomores to see action. In one word, the Lawton offense is big. Everywhere. Senior Ivan Thomas (6-1, 280) is better known for his work at noseguard, but does carry the football on occasion. The VYPE Top 100 player has given a verbal to Texas Tech. The Wolverines have a gunslinger at quarterback in Dallas Sealey (6-1, 190). He has drawn interest from the likes of Duke, Utah State and New Mexico. Arm strength isn’t an issue, Sealey struck out 17 batters in one game this spring on the diamond. He threw for 841 yards and five touchdowns,

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taking a little more than half the snaps a year ago. Myykhail Shaw (6-0, 175) is the Wolverines big play threat at receiver. He turned 22 catches into 582 yards and three scores. That is an amazing 28 yards per catch. Michael Warren (6-2, 185) will see most of the action at running back. He ran for more than 100-yards in three of the last five contests last fall. He has breakaway speed and could be one of the bigger surprises in Class 6A this season. Lawton will start four players over 300-pounds on the offensive line. Senior Jalin Barnett (6-4, 300) is the most decorated of the group. He has a 3.8 GPA and holds offers from Oklahoma and Stanford. Junior Duwayne Doucett (6-0, 315) brings a 300-plus pound bench press and a 5.3 time in the 40 to the table at center. DEFENSE

Thomas is not alone to wreak havoc in the middle. Senior Macarthur Mack (6-2, 250), once a running back, is now ready to roll on the defensive line. He’s a 340-pound bench presser and healthy after suffering an ACL tear as a junior. Pass defense is a strength with senior Kevin Bell (6-2, 165) and junior Dareyl Patterson (6-1, 170) at cornerback. Speed and sure tackling is present at linebacker. All three of the Wolverines at the position run well. Warren will spend time at linebacker along with VYPE Top 100

Myykhail Shaw

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Coach: RANDY BREEZE Enrollment: 1722 Schedule:

Sept. 6 - at Lawton Ike Sept. 13 - vs. Lawton Mac Sept. 20 - at Altus Sept. 27 - at Edmond Oct. 4 - vs. Choctaw Oct. 11 - at Southmoore Oct. 17 - vs. Edmond Santa Fe Oct. 25 - at PC West Nov. 1 - vs. Mustang Nov. 8 - vs. Norman

Last 5 Years: 2012 - 6-4 2011- 9-3 2010- 12-1 2009 – 9-3 2008 – 4-6

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player Taylor Wattenbarger and Malik Hanna. Watterbarger finished 3rd in the state wrestling tournament and 72 tackles and three sacks in 2012 were the most among the group. Neville Abrams will be missed at the position after tearing his ACL in the spring. He is out for the season after recording 92 tackles a year ago. Head coach Randy Breeze thinks Patterson is one of the top players in the state at his position. He finished second in the long jump with a leap of more than 23 feet and has navigated the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. Special teams are set with Adrian Morelas who converted a 48-yard field goal in a JV game last year and Chris Jones handles the punting duties.

We asked a couple of the Lawton Captains a few questions about the team and themselves. What is your team’s biggest goal this fall? Dallas Sealey: We plan on making the playoffs and winning a state championship. We have worked hard this summer and we expect nothing less.
 Kevin Bell: Our team’s biggest goal and main focus this year is winning a state ring. After a disappointing season last year that hurt us

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The final showing of 2-8 might not tell the story for the Owls. Key penalties and costly turnovers could have been the difference in as many as three games in the win/loss column. Losses to Cache, Woodward and Plainview were all decided by less than a touchdown. Jason Cunningham is the new head coach although he has served as the defensive coordinator the past seven seasons. Cunningham is an Elgin graduate and with most of his roster returning, he can’t wait for the season to kick off. The Owls will operate out of the pistol on offense and have two experienced quarterbacks at the helm. Junior Brett Lorah (6-1, 175) and senior Jonathan Christensen (6-0, 210) will each see action under center. Lorah threw for 238 yards and a touchdown last year while Christensen posted even more impressive numbers, passing for 1,254 and 6 scores and rushing at a 5.6 yard per carry average. 1,000-yard rusher Taren McDaniel graduated so it looks like running back by committee this fall. Workhorse Draven Johnson will see his workload increase on both sides of the football after rushing for 135 yards and making 53 tackles in 2012. Wide receiver Zane Rulon does a little bit of everything. He scored four rushing touchdowns while

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producing as a homerun threat in the passing game. Rulon caught 17 passes for 236 yards and a score and even completed four passes. Senior Keegan Speas also has a chance to contribute at receiver. Cunningham calls the offensive line the team’s strength. All five starters return, headlined by seniors Ethan McCracken (6-3, 260) and Austin Hogg (6-3, 270) at tackle. DEFENSE

Many of the same players will be contributing on defense. Rulon has great instincts at free safety, as evidenced by his five interceptions. He also made 53 tackles and a sack. Alex Moore was the team’s second leading tackler at one of the inside linebacker spots with 61 stops. He’ll welcome Johnson along side for a more full-time role this fall. The Owls performed well at the Bethany team camp and Cunningham sees it as a springboard for a potentially bigger and better season. Elgin would like nothing more than to return to the form of 2009 and 2010 when they won a combined 16 games.

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Sept. 6 – at Rush Springs Sept. 13 – at Plainview Sept. 20 – vs. Tuttle Sept. 27 – at Elk City Oct. 4 – vs. Clinton Oct. 11 – at Woodward Oct. 17 – vs. Cache Oct. 25 – vs. Weatherford Nov. 1 – vs. Piedmont Nov. 8 – vs. Anadarko

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Norman North a year ago, completing 9 of his 13 passes for 91 yards. The blocking efforts are led by three-year starter Mike Moana (6-2, 245) at left tackle. He has played all the positions on the offensive line and already has offers from Houston and Utah State. He is a weight room warrior and that tenacity translates well to the gridiron. Copeland will use as many as six players on both sides of the ball. DEFENSE

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Six starters return on the offensive side of the football. Head coach Boone Copeland will oversee a transition away from the triple option to the spread. The impetus for the change is a wealth of skill players, especially at receiver. Julio Santiago (5-7,145) is a three-year veteran who runs precise routes and has the ability to find his way into open spaces. Andy Green (6-1, 170) stars on the outside with Jarvis Jackson moving from running back into the slot. Senior Malik Antoine (6-2, 225) steps in at tight end after missing most of last year with a knee injury. The Eagles may skew a little heavy to the pass on play selection. Copeland has a pair of quarterbacks that are fully capable of making plays. Junior Bentley Bross (6-2, 165) battled injuries at times last fall, missing a pair of games. He will get most of the action under center while sophomore Terrance Young (6-2, 180) is the short yardage specialist. Young earned some valuable experience against

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Moana is perhaps more valuable to the defensive line. His ability to pressure the quarterback and disrupt plays will be one of the strengths of the Eagles’ defense. More pressure comes off the edge from senior Dakota Young (6-0, 230) at end. He’s a solid technician who has been a part of the rotation for the past three seasons. Young logged five sacks and 64 total tackles in 2012. Antoine is another one of the players that could play on both sides of the ball. He is very much in the picture at middle linebacker where he will be flanked by Tom Saldana and Matt Lopez. Depth and experience are present in the secondary. Santiago, Mealique Solorzano (5-10, 155) and Kendric Daniels (5-9, 155) will rotate at cornerback. Solorzano has his best game against arch-rival Lawton Mac with nine tackles and an interception. Deshaun Boyd returns at strong safety with Nick Meaux (5-9, 165) at free safety. Boyd came on strong toward the end of the season, making 11 tackles against Norman North in the season finale. Meaux made 42 tackles in only five games with a fumble recovery. The Eagles are in good shape on special teams with returning punter Craig Fain and three-year letterman Brandon Schmidt at kicker. Schmidt didn’t miss as a sophomore and has range past 40 yards. He converted three of five field goal attempts last year and was 23 of 24 on extra points. Copeland believes his defense will be much improved this fall. The Eagles gave up 34 or more points in 6 of 10 games last year.

What is the funnest thing you guys have done in workouts this spring/summer?

What is your team’s biggest goal this fall?

Michael Moana: We usually dance around while we’re lifting and have fun working hard so that would have to be the funnest thing we’ve done in workouts.

Michael Moana: Honestly our biggest goal is to win a state championship.


Bentley Bross: The funnest thing Probably all the time and hard work we have put in for this upcoming season.

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Bentley Bross: To get back to the playoffs.

Coach: Photo by Michael Mayberry BOONE COPELAND Enrollment: 1339 Schedule:

Sept. 6 - vs. Lawton Sept. 13 - vs. Altus Sept. 20 - at Lawton Mac Sept. 27 - vs. Yukon Oct. 4 - at Edmond North Oct. 11 - vs. Moore Oct. 17 - at Midwest City Oct. 25 - at US Grant Nov. 1 - at PC North Nov. 8 - at Norman North

Last 5 Years: 2012 - 2-8 2011 – 4-7 2010 – 9-3 2009 – 4-7 2008 –3-7

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Highlanders Coach: BRETT MANNING Enrollment: 1099 Schedule:

Sept. 6 – vs. Clinton Sept. 13 – at Lawton Sept. 20 – vs. Lawton Ike Sept. 27 – at Del City Oct. 4 – vs. Noble Oct. 11 – at Chickasha Oct. 17 – vs. Duncan Oct. 25 – at Altus Nov. 1 – at Capitol Hill Nov. 8 – at Ardmore

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OFFENSE

A solid offensive line and a talented group of receivers will go a long way to making a Spread offense successful and the Highlanders have both of those things. Caleb Kunze (6-3, 285, Sr.) and Colton Gilpen (6-1, 250, Jr.) anchor the MacArthur offensive front. Wide receivers Gary McKnight (6-1, 185, Sr.) and Barry Williams III (6-5, 185, Sr.) and two big targets on the outside for the Highlanders and will be hoping to help MacArthur improve on 2012’s 8-3 record. Fullback Reed Pellerin (5-11, 185, Sr.) is another big versatile weapon in the Highlanders offense. Overall Manning said that fans can expect MacArthur to run multiple formations with multiple personnel groupings in which they showcase an equal run versus pass percentage.

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Gary McKight Jr. “We have kids who are excited about football and eager to win,” head coach Brett Manning said. The Highlanders are no strangers to winning

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having recorded at least eight victories in five of the last six seasons. MacArthur has failed to claim that elusive gold ball in any of those seasons however, giving this year’s squad even more motivation.

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DEFENSE

A 3-4 base defense with lots of movement is how Manning describes the Highlanders defense. As a part of that defense MacArthur has three standout linebackers in Mitchell Fritts (6-0, 220, Sr.), Javi Laboy (5-11, 180, Sr.) and Madison Phillips (510, 180, Sr.). The trio of athletic linebackers is expected to be the backbone of the Highlanders’ defense this fall. On the defensive line MacArthur has another playmaker in defensive tackle Terrance Grimsley (6-0, 255, Sr.). Grimsley gives the Highlanders an athletic pass rusher up front as well as a player who can knife his way into the backfield and bring down opposing running backs. Pellerin will also start on defense for the Highlanders anchoring the defensive backfield from his spot at free safety. The Highlanders defense was the team’s biggest strength in 2012 allowing an average of just 16.5 points per game. With five defensive starters coming back from last season expect MacArthur to try to continue that trend while several new faces gain valuable experience early before beginning a very challenging district schedule, which will include perennial powers such as Del City and Duncan.

Do you have a pregame ritual? If so, what is it?

What is your team’s biggest goal this fall?

Caleb Kunze: I sit down, and focus on the game that I’m about to play and my opponent I’m about to face.

Caleb Kunze: I would have to say our goal this year is just like any other year here at Mac, to get us a gold ball and win state.


Colton Gilpen: We have a large pregame ritual starting with sitting down as a team after school and eating a meal. After a warm up we get in the locker room and say the Lord’s prayer.

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OFFENSE

The final showing of 2-8 might not tell the story for the Owls. Key penalties and costly turnovers could have been the difference in as many as three games in the win/loss column. Losses to Cache, Woodward and Plainview were all decided by less than a touchdown. Jason Cunningham is the new head coach although he has served as the defensive coordinator the past seven seasons. Cunningham is an Elgin graduate and with most of his roster returning, he can’t wait for the season to kick off. The Owls will operate out of the pistol on offense and have two experienced quarterbacks at the helm. Junior Brett Lorah (6-1, 175) and senior Jonathan Christensen (6-0, 210) will each see action under center. Lorah threw for 238 yards and a touchdown last year while Christensen posted even more impressive numbers, passing for 1,254 and 6 scores and rushing at a 5.6 yard per carry average. 1,000-yard rusher Taren McDaniel graduated so it looks like running back by committee this fall. Workhorse Draven Johnson will see his workload increase on both sides of the football after rushing for 135 yards and making 53 tackles in 2012. Wide receiver

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Zane Rulon does a little bit of everything. He scored four rushing touchdowns while producing as a home-run threat in the passing game. Rulon caught 17 passes for 236 yards and a score and even completed four passes. Senior Keegan Speas also has a chance to contribute at receiver. Cunningham calls the offensive line the team’s strength. All five starters return, headlined by seniors Ethan McCracken (6-3, 260) and Austin Hogg (6-3, 270) at tackle. DEFENSE

Many of the same players will be contributing on defense. Rulon has great instincts at free safety, as evidenced by his five interceptions. He also made 53 tackles and a sack. Alex Moore was the team’s second leading tackler at one of the inside linebacker spots with 61 stops. He’ll welcome Johnson along side for a more full-time role this fall. The Owls performed well at the Bethany team camp and Cunningham sees it as a springboard for a potentially bigger and better season. Elgin would like nothing more than to return to the form of 2009 and 2010 when they won a combined 16 games.

What is your favorite memory of playing high school football in Elgin?

What is your team’s biggest goal this fall?

Alex Moore: As for my best memory, I simply cannot pick just one. There are several including my freshman year, when we made it to the second round of playoffs. Another one was this past year’s homecoming game against Elk City. We won 35-0 and I personally had 17 tackles, as well as many of my other teammates had equally amazing performances.


Alex Moore: As team, our main goal is to make the playoffs and eventually to the state championship. I believe we can accomplish our goals through hard work and dedication. We have taken our summer training very seriously and have been getting better and better through every workout.

Zane Rulon: My favorite memory so far is the friendships made and the camaraderie built with my team.

Zane Rulon: Our team’s biggest goal is to make the playoffs and to make a run in the postseason.

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Sept. 6 – at Rush Springs Sept. 13 – at Plainview Sept. 20 – vs. Tuttle Sept. 27 – at Elk City Oct. 4 – vs. Clinton Oct. 11 – at Woodward Oct. 17 – vs. Cache Oct. 25 – vs. Weatherford Nov. 1 – vs. Piedmont Nov. 8 – vs. Anadarko

Last 5 Years: 2012 - 2-8 2011 – 4-6 2010 – 8-4 2009 – 8-3 2008 – 4-7

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How long have you been involved in FCA? 2 years.

Who influenced you to join? My dad plays in a lot of FCA golf tournaments and is a big supporter of FCA. My school didn’t originally have FCA. I felt God really tug on my heart to start a huddle.

How has FCA made an impact in your life on the field and off the field? FCA has really taught me how to use my talents for His Glory and not my own on and off the field.

How has your beliefs helped you as an athlete? As a Christian I’ve really relied on perseverance. Sometimes practices get rough but I persevere because I know the outcome will be better. I also strive to put my team before myself like Jesus did. What is your favorite Bible verse and why? My favorite passage of Scripture is 1 Corinthians 13 but more specifically 1 Corinthians 13:13. I love this verse because it points out that love is the focus of all things. Without love we are nothing.

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The Elgin Lady Owls are coming off a perfect 33-0 season and a Class 4A state title in 2012. The Lady Owls won tournament titles at Chickasha, Clinton and Cameron last year on their road to state but they do have some holes to fill if they wish to repeat this year. The first area to address is the loss of all-state player Magan Castlebury. Castlebury and Gabby Rameriz were the only two seniors on last year’s state tournament roster though so the Lady Owls will have a wealth of experience on hand.

Lady Highlanders head coach Wendy Allen has a specific set of goals this season.

The Lady Owls will also be adjusting to a new head coach as Brittain Walbrick steps into the role replacing last year’s head coach Lindsay Mickley. If Walbrick hopes to guide Elgin back to the 4A title she will rely heavily on seniors Brooke Rankin, Makenli Ladd and Samantha Grubb. Cache

The Cache Lady Bulldogs were the Class 4A runners-up last season but are looking for gold in 2013. If those visions of a gold ball are going to be realized Cache will need to find replacements for seven seniors from the 2012 state tournament roster. Chief among those seniors that need to be replaced will be all-state player Katelynn Martine. After losing such a large percentage of their 2012 squad, seniors Brooklyn Sullins, Stephanie Cefalu and Jada Vernon will be relied upon to provide key leadership this year. If the trio of seniors, and some key sophomores and juniors can step up expect to see the Lady Bulldogs back at the state tournament in October.

“My goals are to continue to build Lawton MacArthur’s program and to continue to help the girls improve their skills,” Allen said. “I also want to continue to branch out and play better and better teams.” The Lady Highlanders have just four seniors and four juniors so Allen said she will rely heavily on several underclassmen this season. Two underclassmen likely to carry the lion’s share of the load are sophomores Lillian Phillips and Justice Anderson. Phillips played some varsity last year while Anderson has been working hard and improving all throughout the offseason. Junior Kasie Noll will also be a key performer for the Lady Highlanders this season according to coach Allen. Lawton Eisenhower

“My goals stay the same year to year. I just want the girls to work hard and do their best. If we do those things the winning will take care of itself,” said Lawton Eisenhower head volleyball coach Becky Martin.

Martin added that she felt like this year’s team is probably the most talented group she has had at Eisenhower and that she truly believes her team can make some noise this season. The nucleus of the Lady Eagles team is a trio of seniors who all have been in the starting rotation since they were freshman. That group is comprised of Nikki Smith, Monica Stevenson and Penny Brown.

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Brooklyn Sullins The Lady Eagles also have a commanding presence at the net in 6-0 middle blocker Crystal Polk and outside hitter Tavai Ieremia. Eisenhower has several big dates on the schedule this year according to Martin. “Being so close to Texas we are going to go play a few matches down there and the Southmoore tournament is always a place where we get to see a lot of good competition,” Martin said. Lawton High

The Lawton Lady Wolverines volleyball team has already been bitten by the injury bug this season but that hasn’t changed head coach Dana Ponder’s goals for her team.

“We want to be .500 by the end of the year. We are already battling some injuries but we do have five seniors and we will work with what we have,” Ponder said.

Leading the team will be senior setter Courtney Peterson. Peterson also has an amazing serve and is a strong foundation for the team according to Ponder. Two other Lawton players who figure to play a key role in any success the team will have are senior outside hitter Mikel Tate and 6-2 sophomore Morgan Roberts. Ponder said she is truly excited about playing the other Lawton schools but also has several key tournaments in Westmoore and Southmoore circled as well.


Kylie Garrett Lawton Lawton Lady Wolverines head softball coach Kyle Brierton has several players he will be relying on heavily this season. Two of those players are senior third baseman Sadie Price and senior shortstop Briana Brown. Junior Kelsey Nadeau will also have a big impact this season moving from her spot at second base into the pitcher’s circle. Brierton said that Nadeau doesn’t have overpowering stuff but she will pound the strike zone and let her defense work behind her. The Lady Wolverines will also get some help from move in Aliyah Bruton. Brierton said he doesn’t know where Bruton will play yet but added she will find a spot because of her blazing speed. Sophomore first baseman Lexi Tahsequah and junior catcher Madison Burke will also play key roles this season. “Overall we just want to compete

every game and hopefully have a chance to make a run in the postseason,” Brierton said. Lawton MacArthur At times last season the Lady Highlanders started six freshmen but this season head coach Dustin Ketner feels like he his team is moving in the right direction. “Last year was a rebuilding year. We think we made some big strides and are hoping to get back to the state tournament,” Ketner said. To help MacArthur realize those goals the Lady Highlanders have two seniors who hit in the middle of their lineup and anchor their infield in first baseman Taylor Ledford and shortstop Paige Ramey. Ramey will hit third in the MacArthur lineup while Ledford will follow her in the four-hole. In the circle Ariel Enzenauer will handle the bulk of the pitching duties for MacArthur. According to Ketner, Enzenauer mixes up her pitches well and keeps opposing hitters off balance. Other key players for the Lady Highlanders this season will be third baseman Sydnee Stolz, and outfielders Leighton Reed and Kameron Fisher.

Lawton Eisenhower “My biggest goal is for the girls to see and realize their potential. We haven’t won a whole lot the past few years and I would like to start making winning a tradition and not just something that just happens every now and then,” Lawton Eisenhower head softball coach April Chapman said. Leading the charge for Chapman’s squad this year is outfielder Taylor Calvert.

“Taylor is someone who will play, and play hard, anywhere you put her. She really is someone who can set the tone for the whole team,” Chapman said. Middle infielder Kennedi Simien and senior pitcher Taegan Gatlin are two other players Chapman will be counting on for leadership this season. The Lady Eagles also have a good young arm in Kylie Garrett. Garrett has a five-pitch arsenal and always wants and expects more out of herself according to Chapman. Garrett also has good speed and is capable of reaching base in multiple ways. Two other young players who have a chance to make a big impact this season according Ariel Enzenauer to Chapman are Alyssa Pletcher and Ashley Pletcher.


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Coach: TOM COBBLE Enrollment: 751 Schedule:

Sept. 6 – at Anadarko Sept. 13 – vs. El Reno Sept. 20 – at Cache Sept. 27 – vs. Altus Oct. 4 - at Capitol Hill Oct. 11 – vs. Lawton Mac Oct. 17 – at Ardmore Oct. 25 – vs Del City Nov. 1 – at Southeast Nov. 8 – vs. Duncan

Last 5 Years: 2012 – 4-6 2011 – 5-5 2010 – 2-7 2009 – 4-6 2008 – 1-9

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OFFENSE

Tom Cobble continues the rebuilding effort in 2013. After finishing .500 in 2011, the Fighting Chicks took a step backward in 2012, going 4-6. Chickasha’s resurgence comes in one of the toughest 5A districts with teams such as Del City, Lawton Mac, Duncan, Ardmore and Altus. “Our outlook is good,” Cobble said. “These seniors have grown up two years with us and we’re excited about getting them back on the field. Our leadership is strong.” Cobble has a host of returning players from which to build the foundation. Cade Morris (5-11, 180, Sr.) shared the quarterback duties a year ago and looks to inherit the job full time in 2013. He completed 94of-176 passes for 1,284 yards and 10 touchdowns. “Cade and all our seniors are leaders, whether vocal or through their presence, their leadership is strong,” Cobble said. Dalvin Madison and Tresjon Davis each logged time in the backfield at running back. The duo combined to rush for 207 yards and should figure prominently in the running game this year. Davis has good hands and should be a factor in the passing game. “Tresjon is coming off arthroscopic shoulder surgery,” Cobble said. DEFENSE

The Fighting Chicks return six starters in a 4-3 scheme that allowed an average of 35.7 points per game. Cobble has employed a different philosophy, adapting a more aggressive style of play.

“We’ve got kids that can run,” he said. “We have good team speed.”

Young players to watch include sophomore Corey Evans and juniors Cole Young, Hayden Johnson, Leonard Smith and Riley Williams.

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Early on, the Fighting Chicks will play several veterans like Morris and Davis on both sides of the ball. “Hopefully, by about four or five games in some of our young kids can step in and help.” Currently in his third year at Chickasha, Cobble is excited about the season and future.

“This team is firing on all cylinders,” Cobble said. “I’ve been here two years and we have stabilized the program. We have good commitment from the kids. The locker room is good. We had a lot of kids, some of whom are gone for one reason or another. We are head and shoulders ahead of where we’ve been the last couple of years.” As for preparing for the district race, Cobble said, “It’s tough. Sometimes we don’t have the top team in the state but other times it does. It’s always a hard-nosed district.”

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T.J. Filer, a junior linebacker, is coming off minor foot surgery, Cobble said. “Hopefully we will have him back at the start of the season.”

What is the best thing about playing football at Chickasha?

What is your team’s biggest goal this fall?

Cade Morris: The best thing about playing football at Chickasha is the support of the community and the pride that the alumni players and students have in Chickasha football. We may not be the biggest, but we will bring a fight until the end.


Cade Morris: Our biggest goals are to win our district, make the playoffs, and stop the pattern of being average and begin returning to a legacy of being great.

TJ Filer: The best part about playing football in Chickasha is just the huge support system that our community and town backs us with.

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TJ Filer: Our biggest goal this year is to make the playoffs and get our program back to the way it used to be.

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Chickasha Fightin’ Chicks quarterback Cade Morris is the Chickasha Male Academic Athlete of the Month. Last year Morris had a 4.28 grade point average and takes a very difficult group of classes including AP World History, AP Language and Comp and AP U.S. History. That trend will continue in Morris’ senior year as he gets set to take AP Psychology, AP Calculus, AP U.S. Government & Politics and AP Literature & Composition. Balancing such a tough course load with his athletic endeavors is just a matter of self-discipline according to Morris. “On the athletic side, the time and schedule are set and mandatory. The main thing is having enough self-discipline to put the schoolwork ahead of other activities that may be more fun,” Morris said. After high school Morris plans on playing either football or baseball, although he says he would prefer football, at the next level. Regardless of his athletic future, Morris said he would like to study kinesiology or biology in a pre-med program in order to become an orthopedic surgeon.

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Hunter Ford - Chickasha High School Chickasha football player Hunter Ford is the Chickasha Character Counts Male Athlete of the Month. Along with playing under the Friday night lights Ford says he is also extremely involved in several other activities. “I’m heavily involved in my youth ministry at Grand Assembly, FCA, student council, a worship band, and working as a farm hand,” Ford said. Ford added that he is not currently planning on playing any other sports besides football this year but did say that could change after football season ends. In his spare time Ford enjoys hanging out with his friends and youth group, playing golf, spending time on the farm and playing guitar.

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Chickasha volleyball player Kaydee King is the Chickasha Character Counts Female Athlete of the Month. King is a setter on the volleyball team but is also involved in many other activities. Along with being involved in FCA, the National Honor Society and Key Club King is also the Student Council president. In her spare time King dances. “I’ve been dancing since I was three and do tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and liturgical,” King said. “I also work at April’s Dance Studio so it’s nice to have a job doing something I enjoy.” King also attends church at College Heights Baptist Church and is very involved in the youth group there. King added that she also enjoy drawing and painting and tries to do that whenever she can. After high school King plans on going to Oklahoma State and majoring in both Art and Architectural Engineering.


anadarko

Warriors Coach: KENT JACKSON Enrollment: 530 Schedule:

Sept. 6 – vs. Chickasha Sept. 13 – vs. Centennial Sept. 20 – at Perry Sept. 27 – at Cache Oct. 4 – vs. Elk City Oct. 11 – at Clinton Oct. 17 – vs. Woodward Oct. 25 - at Piedmont Nov. 1 – vs. Weatherford Nov. 8 – at Elgin

Last 5 Years: 2012 - 13-1 2011 – 15-0 2010 – 12-1 2009 – 7-3 2008 – 4-6

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After going undefeated in 2011 and capturing the Class 3A state title, Anadarko reached the Class 4A title game before falling to Clinton. Senior and VYPE Top 100 running back R.J. Sink leads a Warriors squad that has a little unfinished business.

Sink (5-11, 170, Sr.) averaged 8.0 yards per carry en route to 1,836 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior. Sink has drawn interest from Tulsa and Big 12 schools Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kansas State. The senior tailback has plenty of skill players around him in quarterback Brandon Pollard and wide receivers Josh Parton, Myrel Shaw and Brayden Alexander. Pollard (5-10, 160, Jr.) completed 65 percent of his passes his sophomore year, throwing for 1,091 yards and five touchdowns. The receiving corps is led by Alexander (5-8, 140, Jr.), who had 27 catches for 386 yards and a

touchdown. Parton (6-0, 150, Jr.) caught 38 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns. Shaw (6-0, 165, Sr.) had 11 receptions for 145 yards and two TDs.

“We’ll spread the field and get the ball into as many hands as we can,” head coach Kent Jackson said. “If we can get our skill guys into space, they can run.” DEFENSE

Replacing the front eight in the 4-4 defense will be a task. Candidates at linebacker include Ethan Smith (6-2, 235, Sr.) and Jared Wheeler (6-0, 180, Sr.) both bring size to the position. The secondary is solid with the return of Parton and Sink at the corners and Shaw at free safety. Shaw and Parton put on clinics in the

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secondary with nine and seven interceptions, respectively. Sink also had three picks.

“We have some good, strong kids upfront but they lack experience,” Jackson said. “Ethan is a move-in from Elgin and should help us in the middle.

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The entire secondary is back and should be tough on pass defense. “Most of our offensive and defensive linemen are sophomore and juniors. If they mature quickly, we’ll be okay.”

What is the best thing about playing football at Anadarko?

What is your team’s biggest goal this fall?

RJ Sink: The whole town is a community. They want us to succeed and they stick by our sides! It’s all “one house”! That’s what the best thing about playing in Anadarko is.


RJ Sink: Just play hard every game and see where it gets us. We’ve worked hard all summer. Let’s see if it pays off.

Mykel Shaw: I think the fans and the community, because it seems like football keeps our community together and they are there every game, in town or out of town, to support us and it gives me a joy to want to play knowing that our town wants to see you succeed.

Mykel Shaw: Our goal every year at Anadarko is to make it back to state but we also want to keep a chip on our shoulder, and take every game serious and play like its your last! And we’re always looking to get better each day and each week.


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Chickasha Softball Last season the Chickasha softball team was just one win away from a gold ball. Instead the team walked away with silver after a 3-2 loss to Grove. The loss was disappointing according to Chickasha head coach Dennis Furr but he added that there was a silver lining. “The great thing about last year is it just made us hungrier to win the whole thing. You hate to lose but it kind of leaves a bad taste in your mouth and the girls are ready to get rid of that bad taste,” Furr said.

Furr said that he already feels like his team is probably better than they were the day of the state championship last year and with every starter from the 2012 team returning plus a talented group of incoming freshman it’s easy to see why he thinks that. Leading the charge for the Fightin’ Chicks will be sophomore pitcher Kelsi Gore. Gore was the team’s ace last season as a freshman guiding the team to the state finals from the circle. At the plate look for Shorty Clift to be the straw who stirs the drink for the Fightin’ Chicks. Last season Clift led the team in hitting with a .476

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batting average and was deadly on the base paths as well stealing 50 bases on 50 attempts. New faces on the team Lynnsie Elam, Brighton Gilbert, Keeley Cauthen and Karissa Duke will also be pushing for a spot in the starting lineup this year according to Furr. Chickasha Volleyball

Head coach Nancy Waters and the Chickasha Volleyball team finished last season with a record of 6-18. With nearly everybody back from 2012 however Waters has high hopes for this fall. “We gained a lot of experience last year. We played a lot of young players and that should pay off this year,” Waters said. “We have the ability to surprise some people. I am looking forward to a very good season.”

Setter Kaydee King and defensive specialist Rory Troub are two key players Waters will rely on heavily this season. King averaged 3.5 assists per game last season while Troub churned out a steady 6.25 digs per game. Chickasha also has another talented setter in Alei Gann, who averaged 4.95 assists per game last season.

Chickasha Softball A pair of deadly outside hitters in Chloe Reyes and Malorie Mottinger give Chickasha a solid tandem up front.

Other players to keep an eye out for this year according to Waters will be Luz Juarez, Devyn Crosley, Mikala Harris and Elizabeth Wilson. Juarez and Wilson are defensive specialists while Crosley and Harris are both outside hitters. With such a strong core of returners and incoming freshman it is easy to see why Waters is so optimistic this season.

“We were young last year, now that they know what to expect and the speed of the game we have the ability to be very good,” Waters said.


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Tigers Coach: DOUG WENDEL Enrollment: 720 Schedule:

Sept. 6 – at Ada Sept. 13 – vs. Durant Sept. 20 – at Gainesville TX Sept. 27 – vs. OC Southeast Oct. 4 – vs. Del City Oct. 10 – at Duncan Oct. 17 – vs. Chickasha Oct. 24 – vs. Capitol Hill Nov. 1 – at Altus Nov. 7 – vs. Lawton MacArthur

Last 5 Years: 2012 - 5-6 2011 – 8-5 2010 – 6-5 2009 – 4-7 2008 – 6-4

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The Eye of the Tiger won’t blink this season as Ardmore welcomes an experienced group of athletes back to their offense that found its stride mid-season en route to another trip to the Class 5A playoffs. The Tigers’ flex-bone general will again be commanded by Clay Atwood (5-9, 165, So.), who took over signal calling duties after week four to engineer the Tigers’ drive to the postseason. Kaine McCullough (5-9, 180, Sr.) and Kydric Knox (5-10, 155, So.) bring a “quick blast” first step to the Tigers’ running attack along with Jarred Hall (5-11, 200, Sr.). Jamarcus Mills (5-11, 175, Sr.) and O.J. Walker (56, 160, So.) bring big play speed creating headaches in space for opposing defenses to stop. VYPE Top 100 selection Carter Swanson (6-3, 205, Sr.) creates match up problems for opponents trying to defend one on one at wide receiver along with Devin Reynolds (6-1, 185, Sr.), Dereque Jones (5-11, 170, Jr.) and Buddy Johnson (5-10,155, So.). The force of the Tigers will again be evident in the offensive front as Mike Nichols (6-2, 260, Jr.), who started last year at tackle, slides down to the center position. Size and quickness are aplenty in the front line with Daylen Baker (6-1, 300, Sr.), Ryheim Gaines (5-11, 300, Sr.), Tyler Buenting (6-2, 260, Sr.) and Eric Meely (6-0, 230, Sr.) giving head coach Doug Wendel reasons to smile. “Last year, we were young and inexperienced,” recalled Wendel, who begins his third season at the helm. “The experienced we gained last season, coupled with the fact that we’re bigger and stronger, will hopefully pay its dividends this time around.”

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Je’Mario McCoy front seven,” admits Holloway. Dylan Wright (510, 190, Sr.), Daniel Moore, Alyx Turner, Dalton Dismuke and Hayden Moore will be part of the front line rotation. “We’ve got a good nucleus of players to fill those spots,” Holloway said. “We’re going to put our most mobile linemen on the defensive front.” Bryce Byford (5-10, 212, Jr.), who was injured half of the season a year ago will join Stacee Morrison (5-9, 165, Jr.) and Hunter Kelly (5-10, 158, So.) at linebacker. “Overall, I’m optimistic,” admits Holloway. “We’ll have to live through growing pains early because of the schedule, but that will make us ready to chase the district title and get back to the playoffs. We still believe we can win every Friday night.”

DEFENSE

Duncan enters the 2013 campaign with limited experience on defense with only three starters returning, all in the secondary. Three year regular Connor Kelly, who totaled 90 tackles last season, will be joined by Austin Drake (5-9, 155, Sr.) and Mason Hightower. “Our defensive coordinator has the toughest job this year to replace our

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As head coach Jim Holloway approaches his 41st season on the high school football sidelines and ninth season at the helm of Duncan’s football fortunes, the veteran mentor approaches the new year with the same expectations. “This time of year is always enthusiastic,” said Holloway. “And, while we may have spots to fill, our goal is still the same, make the playoffs and compete for the state championship.” Five starters return to the 2013 wishbone offense including Je’Mario McCoy (5-9, 160, Sr.), who totaled 1,024 yards rushing last season. “He’s a real competitor,” notes Holloway. “He plays a lot bigger than his size.” Adding another threat to the backfield will be Austin Drake (5-9, 155, Sr.). The Demons must settle on a starting quarterback where Connor Kelly (5-10, 165, Sr.), Cody Hood (6-2, 174, Sr.) and Mason Hightower (5-9, 145, Jr.) bring individual skills to the position. “The biggest difference is Connor is left handed and Mason throws right handed,” smile Holloway. “All three guys are solid and capable of getting the job done. If they’re not our quarterback, they’ll go at receiver because of their playmaking skills.” The offensive line welcomes experience with Daniel Moore (6-1, 270, Sr.), Alyx Turner (5-9, 180, Sr.) and Dalton Dismuke (6-6, 270, Jr.). Additional talent in the trench will come from Kolton Anderson (6-2, 270, Jr.) and Hayden Moore (6-4, 255, So.). “With our experience and size, I expect us to be solid up front,” notes Holloway.

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Sept. 6 – vs. Guthrie Sept. 13 – vs. Weatherford Sept. 20 – at Carl Albert Sept. 27 – vs. OC Capitol Hill Oct. 4 – at Altus Oct. 10 – vs. Ardmore Oct. 17 – at Lawton MacArthur Oct. 25 – vs. OC Southeast Nov. 1 – at Del City Nov. 7 – at Chickasha

Last 5 Years: 2012 - 6-5 2011 – 8-4 2010 – 6-5 2009 – 8-3 2008 – 5-5

What is your favorite memory of high school football?

What is your team’s biggest goal this fall?

Je’Mario McCoy: My favorite memory would have to be seeing the field for the first time in a varsity game just doing what I do best.


Je’Mario McCoy: Bringing home a gold ball.

Connor Kelly: My favorite memory of high school football is getting to play with my teammates, my closest friends and my brother Hunter Kelly. Another would be getting to perform in front of my parents, other friends and our great fan system we have .

Connor Kelly: Our team’s biggest goal is to get to the playoffs and win a state championship.


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Joanita “Jo” Brewer - Duncan Mom Volleyball or track, Joanita Brewer always involved with Duncan High School and daughter Rebecca. Joanita Brewer, or as her friends and family call her, Jo, is the President of the Duncan Volleyball Booster Club at Duncan High School where her daughter Rebecca Brewer is a junior and plays volleyball for head coach Sandy Mitchell. “Jo has been organizing everything and is amazing. She is a take-charge kind of person and has really taken a lot of stuff off my hands,” said coach Mitchell. “We have a great group of parents. They have all stepped up this season, but I have to recognize her for what she’s done.” A starter for the Lady Demons, daughter Rebecca said her mother does an amazing job helping her and the team. “She loves to garden and spend time with her friends and family. She also supports me during track season.” Jo has spent countless hours getting the team and the booster club ready for the 2013 season. Thanks to Jo and help from other members of the booster club the Duncan volleyball team and coach Mitchell have spent their time focused on practice and preparing for the season. When she’s not working with the booster club or running athletes to and from practice, Jo can be found spending time in her garden or watching Texas Longhorn football.

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Second-year head coach Sandy Mitchell continues to rebuild the Duncan volleyball after a 1-22 record a year ago. “The attitudes are good,” Mitchell said. “It’s a brand new team. The kids are working hard.”

Mitchell welcomed back several players from last year, including junior returning starters Carly Kirkland and Becca Brewer. Kirkland is the team’s left hitter. Brewer is back to anchor the defense, a position she excelled at last year. “Carly is a strong hitter,” Mitchell said. “Becca is a strong hitter in addition to being our best defender.” Katherine Hruby move to setter while sophomore Delaney Mitchell moves from middle back to middle front for the Lady Demons. In addition, Mitchell has five freshmen on the varsity squad. “We scrimmaged Elgin, which won state last year,” Mitchell said. “I’m pleased with where we are right now. For our first scrimmage I was happy with what I saw. We’ve already started making adjustments on things we need to correct.” Lady Demons Softball Looks to Build on 2012 Success

With seven starters returning, Duncan has its sights set on a return trip to the Class 5A state tournament. The Lady Demons, who were 25-13 in 2012, lost to eventual state champion Grove in the opening round of the tournament. Junior catcher Berkley Faulkner, who has verbally committed to OSU, hit 11 homes last year and hit 20 home runs in summer play, head coach Robert Cowan said. Senior pitcher Autumn Parker returns

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after an 18-10 record last season. She will share the circle duties with freshman Corrina Rivas, who also will see action at second base. Seniors Kortney Brown and Sara McCormick return as well. Brown is expected to play outfield and second base while McCormick returns to the outfield. Lawton move-in K.K. Williams, a senior, will play shortstop for the Demons. Jenny Rather, also a senior, will play first base but Cowan said she probably won’t see any circle time this year. Freshman Kennedy Stewart will likely start at third base and bat leadoff. Outlaws Face Unfinished Business in 3A

Coach Brian Miller’s squad fell one game shy of the Class 3A state tournament a year ago. And with all but one player returning, look for the Outlaws to be in the playoff mix once again. Miller returns pitchers Gigi Wall and Shelby Elroy. Wall is coming off a sophomore season in which she was 24-8 with a 0.91 earned run average. “They can definitely continue to help our team,” Miller told the Duncan Banner. “They have the experience to take this team as far as they want to take us.” Other returning starters include catcher Kaytlyn Kizzar and infielders Shayna Throckmorton and Carrie Moore. Kizzar returns after batting .360 in her freshman year. In the outfield, Miller will look to senior Meagan Bourne in left field. Miller is hopeful of a fast start in 2013. “Since we

don’t have any set districts in Class 3A, the people you’re going to play are determined by your ranking and record,” he told the Banner. “Since the rankings begin after three weeks, it’s critical that we get out to a strong start early on.”

Marlow Boys, Girls Ready for Run at State Cross Country

After finishing second a year ago, Marlow’s boys and girls cross country team looks to take another run at the state title this year. Leading the charge is Chris Davis and Nathan Crowson. The duo finished 12th and 13th respectively at the Class 3A state meet. Also back is Justin Brown, who finished among the top 25 runners, Dean Howard and Nathan Pikes. “We have a great nucleus of guys,” coach Mikey Eaves said. “We have 19 runners all together. We will have significant competition to make the team. Nathan, Chris and Justin are all good leaders”

The girls team is dominated by a trio of sophomores Rylee Rich, Tiarah Nunley and Makayla Ortega and seniors Jill Cowley and Sarah Ivory. Rich finished fourth with a time of 12:16. “The girls are so close. It’s one of the reasons our program has been so good the last three years with three state runners-up finishes,” Evans said. The girls program has grown dramatically with the team’s success.


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outlaws Coach: ROB RENSHAW Last 5 Years: 2012 - 4-7 2011- 1-9 2010 – 5-5 2009 – 3-7 2008 – 5-5 Enrollment: 351

Schedule: Sept. 6 – at Lone Grove Sept. 13 – vs. Comanche Sept. 20 – at Sulphur Sept. 27 – at Jones Oct. 4 – vs. Mount St. Mary Oct. 11 – at Blanchard Oct. 17 – vs. Tuttle Oct. 25 – at Little Axe Nov. 1 – vs. Bridge Creek Nov. 8 – vs. Kingfisher

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Running an offense that features multiple I-formation looks the Outlaws finished fourth in district 3A-1 and made an appearance in the Class 3A playoffs where they were eliminated by Seminole in the first round. Coming back to lead the Outlaws’ offensive attack will be running back Trey Coffman (6-0, 180, Sr.). In 2012 Coffman carried the ball 182 times picking up 873 yards and seven touchdowns in the process. Fullback Beau Meshell (5-10, 190, Jr.) will also play a key role in the Marlow rushing attack. Another key component in the Marlow offense will be receiver Kelby Richardson (6-0, 170, Sr.). As a junior in 2012 Richardson caught

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Redskins #RSRedskins COACH: TIM BEARD ENROLLMENT: 172 Last 5 Years: 2008 - 2-8 2009 - 2-8 2010 - 4-6 2011 - 8-3 2012- 4-6 OFFENSE Experience goes a long way, especially when matched with skill and athleticism. As the 2013 season begins for the Redskins, it’s a perfect match ticketed for a successful season while chasing a district title and a spot in the Class A playoffs. Colt Beard (5-11, 190, Jr.) returns at fullback bringing a hard nosed approach to the game. Logan “Taz” Jeffcoat (5-7, 160, Jr.) delivers added yards through power and balance at tailback in the Rush-I formation. Aaron Morrow, (5-10, 160, So.) is coming off an injury in 2012 to direct the offense at quarterback completing passes to his two favorite receivers, Holden “Money” Nichols (5-8, 170, Jr.) and Cray Barnett (59, 175, So.), who finished 4th in the 100m

25 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns.

Two other key offensive players for the Outlaws in 2013 will be quarterbacks Nick Yates (5-9, 170, Jr.) and Braeden O’Dell (6-0, 160, So.). Yates is a dual threat athlete who carried the ball 49 times last season for 107 yards. O’Dell is also a very talented athlete who starred on the basketball court for the Outlaws as a freshman and is expected to play a big role on the gridiron this year. DEFENSE

According to head coach Rob Renshaw having defensive coordinator Jeremy Gage back for the 2013 season will be a very big factor for the Outlaws’ defense. Gage will run an aggressive, swarming,

at the state track meet. James Harris (6-2, 250, Sr.) is the anchor in the trench playing alongside Taylor Ferguson (6-0, 185, Sr.) and Jason Mueller (5-8, 155, Sr.), who Beard reminds everyone that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.” DEFENSE The 2013 version of Rush Springs’ defense will once again be tough against the run and able to take advantage of team speed to cover against the pass. “The secondary unit is the fastest and most athletic group we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Beard, who enters his fifth season. Holden Nichols has snared 11 interceptions in two seasons as a starter at free safety while Brayden Moreno (59, 165, Sr.) continues to be solid in run and pass defense. Devin Rios (5-9, 175, Jr.) and Cray Barnett both have the speed to cover deep at cornerback. Three-year starter Colt Beard joins 2-year starter Jason Mueller at linebacker. Brad Foster (6-2, 180, Jr.) brings athleticism at defensive end along

3-3 stack defense with playmakers at every level.

On the line defensive ends Tanner Brittain (6-4, 230, Sr.) and Josh Mercer (61, 180, Sr.) will both help with stopping the run and rushing the pass. Meanwhile at linebacker the Outlaws boast two extremely strong tacklers in Kagan Blackburn (5-9, 160, Sr.) and Meshell. Blackburn recorded 112 tackles in 2012 and Meshell racked up 85 stops giving the Outlaws’ defense some serious stopping power.

Richardson meanwhile will tow the line for Marlow in the secondary in 2013. Playing free safety last season Richardson made 55 tackles and also intercepted four passes.

with Taylor Ferguson (6-0, 185, Sr.) while Logan Jeffcoat and James Harris anchor the interior. “Our kids expect to be good,” said Beard. “They know it and BELIEVE it and aren’t willing to accept excuses.”

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Sept. 6 – vs. Elgin Sept. 13 – at Riverside Sept. 20 – vs. Stratford Sept. 27 – vs. Empire Oct. 4 – at Bray-Doyle Oct. 11 – vs. Walters Oct. 17 – at Ringling Oct. 25 – at Velma-Alma Nov. 1 – vs. Healdton Nov. 7 – at Wilson

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Comets #VAComets COACH: GREG GOTHARD ENROLLMENT: 114 Last 5 Years: 2008 - 9-3 2009 - 9-3 2010 - 11-1 2011 - 6-6 2012 - 8-4 OFFENSE The Comets seek to return to the Class A playoff lineup as Greg Gothard enters his 25th on the sidelines as head coach at Velma-Alma. Six starters return experience

including a pair of linemen, Creede Wright (6-2, 280, Jr.) and Chris Lockwood (6-1, 270, Jr.). “These two guys are both driven to perform,” said Gothard. “Both are strong and determined to accomplish our goals.” Ty Richardson (5-9, 180, Jr.) returns at quarterback after breaking his leg mid-season in 2012. A talented pair of sophomores get the nod at tailback including Evan Albertson (5-6, 165, So.) and Sarian Smith (6-1, 170, So.) “Evan is steady and gets tough yards,” said Gothard. “Sarian gives us a home run hitter with speed and quickness.” Kelton Brown (6-0, 175, Jr.) will lineup at fullback while Jake McGuire (6-6, 225, So.), a starter on the Eagles’ basketball team, delivers the complete package at tight end. Allen Beck (6-1, 170, Jr.), described by Gothard as a “program kid” that will catch the ball and block anything in sight, is slated to be at wide receiver. DEFENSE With only three seniors, the Comets defense will be young; however, they will continue to attack with aggressive nature. “There a tough bunch of kids that like to

hit,” said Gothard. Kelton Brown will match up with Jake McGuire, Ty Richardson and Colby Martin (5-7, 135, So.) at linebacker while Chris Lockwood and Creede Wright anchor the front line. Allen Beck brings experience back to the secondary. “Our defense evolves around the defensive front,” said Gothard. “And, while we’re not as experienced as a unit as last year, the DNA of the kids proves they’re willing to work as hard as it takes to give us a chance to make the playoffs.” Sept. 6 – at Comanche Sept. 13 – vs. Wynnewood Sept. 20 – at Elmore City Sept. 27 – vs. Ringling Oct. 4 – at Wilson Oct. 11 – vs. Bray-Doyle Oct. 17 – at Walters Oct. 25 – vs. Rush Springs Nov. 1 – vs. Empire Nov. 7 – at Healdton

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Picking up the pace this season is what head coach Stephen Justus is expecting from his offense. Hunter Rice (5-9, 179, Sr.) could get the start at quarterback, but may play some wide receiver in certain sets. Running backs Clayton Fennell (5-9, 165, Sr.) and Colton Taylor (6-0, 195, Sr.) are a good one-two punch for the Indians. Fennell is a quick back with an elusive style, while Taylor brings power and a physicality to the position. The offense returns nine starters to the field including offensive tackle Cody Crow (6-5, 245, Sr.). Crow will need to

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help the younger linemen mature and be ready for tough district play. Tyler Ward (6-0, 235, Sr.) will start at wide receiver where he can use his athletic ability to beat opponents in the open field and in traffic. “We are adjusting a few things to try and bring out the best in our players,” said coach Justus.

play physical and swarm to the ball. Mason Bowen (5-9, 185, Sr.) is the fourth linebacker in the 3-5 set that adds more speed to the mix. Defensive end Devin Renfro (5-11, 190, Sr.) draws the duty of containing the edge and forcing everything back inside to the linebackers. “We’re looking to put pressure from multiple DEFENSE locations,” said Justus. Like In the 3-5 scheme the the offense, the defense Indians will look to a pair of returns nine starters to the Tuttle’s to lead the defense field. this season. Jonathan Tuttle (5-10, 190, Sr.) and Christopher Tuttle (5-10, 195, Sr.) are joined by Wyatt Schoolfield (5-9, 160, Jr.) at linebacker. All three have

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Indians Coach: STEPHEN JUSTUS Last 5 Years: 2008 - 1-9 2009 - 4-6 2010 - 2-7 2011 - 9-3 2012 - 5-6 Enrollment: 316

Schedule: Sept. 5 – vs. Verdigris Sept. 13 – vs. Marlow Sept. 20 – at Walters Sept. 27 – at Riverside Oct. 4 – vs. Mangum Oct. 11 – at Lindsay Oct. 17 – vs. Washington Oct. 25 – vs. Hobart Nov. 1 – at Frederick Nov. 8 – at Hinton


Altus

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Bulldogs Coach: CHAD STONE

VYPE Trivia: Who was the back at Altus High School in 1947 named to the All-State team under head coach Hal Hilpirt? Find answer on Twitter: #AltusBulldogs averaging over seven yards per carry. Birdow also caught four passes for 63 yards last year. And that was just what Birdow did on the varsity level. On the freshman team Birdow led the Altus freshmen to their first undefeated season in 37 years according to Altus head coach Chad Stone.

Enrollment: 980 Schedule:

Sept. 6 – vs. Vernon Texas Sept. 13 – at Lawton Eisenhower Sept. 20 – vs. Lawton Sept. 27 – at Chickasha Oct. 4 – vs. Duncan Oct. 11 – at Del City Oct. 17 – vs. Southeast Oct. 25 – at MacArthur Nov. 1 – vs. Ardmore Nov. 8 – at Capitol Hill

Last 5 Years: 2012 - 3-7 2011 – 3-7 2010 – 5-5 2009 – 4-7 2008 – 6-5

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The Bulldogs finished just 3-7 in 2012 but according to head coach Chad Stone there is a reason to be optimistic. On offense those hopes revolve around Taven Birdow (6-0, 210, So.). Birdow, the son of former Oklahoma State standout Jermaine Birdow, ran for 419 yards on 87 carries in 2012

The Bulldogs also have several other players they plan to use alongside Birdow as a running back by committee. Malcom Lewis (5-7, 170, Sr.) is a change of pace type of back while TJ McGill (6-1, 215, Jr.) is simply a big bruiser according to Stone. Wavin Yada (5-9, 175, Sr.) and Eric Perez (5-11, 210, Jr.) are also expected to get carries in the Altus offense this year.

Although the Bulldogs lost 2012 starting quarterback Brantley Ford to graduation, Stone said that Tanner Cross (6-3, 180, Jr.) is due for a breakout season. Stone praised Cross saying he has a “cannon for an arm and deceptive speed.” DEFENSE

On the defensive side of the ball the Bulldogs will have a group of linebackers who are more than capable of crushing the spirit of opposing teams. At inside linebacker TJ McAdams (6-0, 210, Sr.) was described by Stone as a smart, football savvy player. McGill will also play inside linebacker for the Bulldogs this season bringing his bruising strength to the defensive side of the ball. At outside linebacker the Bulldogs have a very good pass defender in Aaron Rodgers (5-10, 175, Jr.) and a lightning-fast athlete in Deante Harris (6-1, 165, So.). After starting on the freshman team for eight games Harris came up to the varsity and started the final two games of the season and intercepted three passes. In the defensive backfield Jayden Benway (5-8, 150, So.) will start at cornerback. Benway will also be the Bulldogs’ backup quarterback this season.

In a district that brings a new meaning to the word loaded Altus should be a team that has a chance to challenge for a playoff spot but it won’t be easy.

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Do you have a pregame ritual? If so, what is it? TJ McAdams: For pregame I just read over my plays or go through them in my head, get my wrist taped and say a quick prayer and get focused for the game.
 Taven Birdow: If you asked anyone of my teammates I am the only one who doesn’t show any energy to the first snap of the ball game. I like to stay calm and keep to myself and make sure I’m ready to go do my job on the field.

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What is your team’s biggest goal this fall? TJ McAdams: I’d have to say to just have a winning season is our biggest goal. Taven Birdow: A big goal for our team is to make it to the playoffs. We haven’t been in a couple of years so it would be a big step to take the team to the playoffs.

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back-to-back will you take a different approach to that stretch this year?

VYPE: How do you feel about your team this season and the way they are progressing this offseason? Roberts: Coming into this season I thought we had a pretty good chance to be successful and the kids have shown a remarkable focus on working hard this offseason and on what lies ahead. I really appreciate all of the hard work the kids have been putting in. VYPE: How has Dylan Twigg adjusted to the move from H-Back to Quarterback?

Roberts: Dylan is a threat anywhere we put him. He did a remarkable job at team camp this summer throwing the ball; he is just one of our best athletes and he carries himself very well. He has the perfect amount of confidence and even a little swagger but that’s OK, you want a little bit of that from your best players. VYPE: How do you feel about your defense?

Roberts: Our first year here we gave up nearly 500 points and every year we have gotten better and better on defense. Coach Smith our new defensive coordinator has taken over where coach Allen left off and has that side of the ball looking good. The defense could be a mainstay of our team this year. VYPE: You guys have a tough stretch in your schedule playing Ringling and Velma-Alma

Roberts: That stretch kind of caught us last year. We never could catch our breath against Velma-Alma because both teams are very physical. We won’t be doing anything different though, we are just going to try to attack it in the same way. I think the experience of going through it last year plus experiencing a similar stretch early in the year when we play Dibble and Rush Springs back-to-back will help. We just want to take things one game at a time.

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#EmpireBulldogs COACH: TONY ROBERTS ENROLLMENT: 134 Last 5 Years: 2008 - 3-7 2009 - 1-9 2010 - 5-6 2011 - 6-5 2012 - 7-4 OFFENSE With eight starters returning from last season’s Class A playoff qualifier, the Bulldogs want more in 2013. Stephen Price (5-9, 190, Sr.) is a proven runner at fullback as the four-year starter returns after gaining 1,100 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns last year. Dylan Twigg (5-11, 150, Jr.) makes the move from H-back to quarterback presenting a dual threat to opposing defenses. Cooper Hill (5-10, 150, Sr.), described by coach Tony Roberts as a possession receiver that will make the big catch, enters his fourth campaign as a starter along with Evan Witt (5-9, 145, So.), who possesses good speed on routes. Experience is aplenty up front where all

five starters are back including four-year starters David Couch (5-11, 280, Sr.) and Jacob Wilson (5-11, 250, Sr.) joining Zack Rivera (5-10, 260, Sr.), Anthony Gonzalez (5-9, 180, Jr.) and Gage Pierce (6-0, 190, Jr.). “This is the o-line we’ve been waiting for,” said Roberts. “They allow our skill kids to make plays on the ground and through the air.” DEFENSE Eight starters will once again dot the starting lineup for the “Black Shirt” defense in 2013. Leading the way are the trio of linebackers including Stephen Price, last year’s leading tackler at middle linebacker surrounded by Trey Skiles (5-11, 185, Sr.) and four-year starter Cole Bridges (5-9, 180, Sr.). “They are a hard-hitting trio that enjoys playing with an aggressive attitude,” said Roberts. Gage Pierce and Zack Rivera provide challenges on the defensive front line. Dakota Bilbrey (5-7, 160, Sr.) and Dylan Twigg both play the run and pass effectively at safety. Cooper Hills enters his fourth year at cornerback along with Evan Witt, who has the speed to cover downfield. “We’ve finally got the experience on both sides of the ball that we’ve wanted,” said Roberts. “We’re in a tough district, but we expect to be in the chase for the district crown that must go through Ringling and Rush Springs.” Sept. 6 – at Snyder Sept. 13 – vs. Maysville Sept. 20 – vs. Dibble Sept. 27 – at Rush Springs Oct. 4 – vs. Walters Oct. 11 – at Healdton Oct. 17 – vs. Wilson Oct. 25 – at Ringling Nov. 1 – at Velma-Alma Nov. 7 – vs. Bray-Doyle

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