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8-man football: Laverne, Tipton have enough firepower to repeat as state champs

All indications suggest both teams come into 2013 confident they can continue to build on last season's accomplishments. Can they do it? Or will the success they've piled up come crashing down?
by Trent Shadid Published: August 25, 2013
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Last season, 8-man football was dominated by two schools.

Laverne (Class B) and Tipton (Class C) both won state titles, with each team stacking up 14 straight wins on its way to a perfect season.

All indications suggest both teams come into 2013 confident they can continue to build on last season's accomplishments. Can they do it? Or will the success they've piled up come crashing down?

With several key components back, both will enter this season at the top of their class in The Oklahoman's rankings.

Laverne returns a potent backfield combination with quarterback Tucker Rolf, fullback Dalton Birch, and tailback Trevor Harris.

The three combined to rush for 478 yards in the state championship game, each going for more than 150 yards, as the Tigers beat Pond Creek-Hunter 50-19.

Laverne coach Tim Allen insists the formula for winning won't change.

“We'll just take it one game at a time,” said Allen. “The goal as a team is to win that first one and get better each week. That's how we've always done it. We respect everyone we play and prepare for them.”

For Tipton, senior linemen Josh Danna and Junior Guerrero are back to lead the way for a defense that surrendered less than three points per game — with 11 shutouts — last season. Junior quarterback Gerald White, who threw for 1,216 yards last season, heads the offense.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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