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District 3A-1 notebook: Tuttle battling lack of experience

Published: August 22, 2009
Tuttle battling lack of experience
Phil Koons’ Tuttle Tigers will get thrown into the fire very quickly. After opening at home against Marlow, the Tigers go on the road for three straight weeks, including games at Kingfisher and the district opener at Elgin.

That will make for some rough times on a team looking to new starters at some key positions.

Quarterback Tanner Koons is taking over for brother Sterling, who graduated. The running game remains primarily in the hands of Ethan Biddy, but his responsibilities at middle linebacker will open the door for junior Dylan Copenbarger to take some carries.

Clinton gets one more shot in 3A
A year from now, Clinton will be back in Class 4A, but for now, the Red Tornadoes are intently focused on the 3A gold ball.

With star running back Delans Griffin — who recently committed to Texas Tech — quarterback Ryan Stringer and a powerful offensive line returning, they’re easily among the favorites.

"We’re satisfied with the team we’ve got and we know what we can do,” Griffin said. "This will be a good year for us, I believe. We need to practice better, so that we’re able to execute on game day.”

Speed will carry Blanchard
Looking down his roster, Blanchard coach Jeff Craig probably wouldn’t mind seeing a few more fast-food restaurants move into town. The Lions have only a few players who weigh over 200 pounds this season.

So they’ll turn their focus to speed on both sides of the ball.

District 3A-1 coaches’ poll
→1. Clinton (10-3)

→2. Tuttle (12-1)

→3. Elgin (4-7)

→4. Blanchard (6-6)

→5. Newcastle (6-4)

→6. Anadarko (4-6)

→7. Cache (5-5)

→8. Santa Fe South (2-8)

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