Iams’ Eagles rely on Wing-TThe Oklahoma Coaches Association named Jody Iams, coach of Sequoyah-Claremore, last year’s Region 3 Coach of the Year. "It’s kinda humbling to be chosen like that,” Iams said. "Although the honor is really for the school, the players and coaches around me.” Iams has maintained a successful football program at Sequoyah-Claremore on the solid foundation of his signature Wing-T offense. The offense emphasizes the run game and requires that running backs not think their only job is to score and nothing else. "We have no all-star attitudes on the team,” Iams said. "Everybody blocks.” The offense has worked for the Eagles. Sequoyah-Claremore made it all the way to the 2008 state championship game, but the Wing-T wasn’t enough to overcome district rival Cascia Hall for the title. "Our goal is to play with a lot of intensity and fire back there (the state title game) again,” Iams said. If the Eagles can avoid another slow start, like their 1-2 start last season, they would be in position to win the district with a victory at Cascia Hall on Oct. 30. "The game’s not going to be exciting if we take a 3-4 record into it,” Iams said.
Inola starting from scratchInola will start from scratch following a 5-5 season last year. New head coach Lynn Cutshaw will work with four other new coaches to establish fresh offensive and defensive schemes. "There’s going to be a big learning curve,” Cutshaw said. The Longhorns only won two district games last season, but hope the new coaching staff’s changes will give Inola a bigger presence in 3A-3. "It’s a tough district,” Cutshaw said. "There’s no weak pups.”
Burgoyne back for ConquerorsVictory Christian is returning a quarterback who threw for more than 1,000 yards in just four games last season. Jason Burgoyne, only 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, began last season as the third-string quarterback but got to play in a handful of games for the Conquerors. He was successful making short passes last season, picking up chunks of yards wherever available. Despite his limited action last season, coach Brent Marley is excited to have Burgoyne as the starting quarterback this season. "He’s a gutsy kid,” Marley said. "He makes really good decisions and is really good at understanding what we’re trying to do on offense.”
Iams’ Eagles rely on Wing-T