DOUGLASS READY FOR ALL-CITY PREVIEWShortly after wrapping up Friday night’s scrimmage with Clinton and Choctaw, Douglass started turning its attention to this week’s All-City Preview. Douglass, picked by the coaches to win the district, opens the event at home Thursday against the Capitol Hill/Northeast winner. "It’s a big deal for us,” Douglass’ Norris White said. "It’s important for us to do well there.” If the Trojans win their first game and Millwood gets past Centennial, there could be a Soul Bowl preview in Friday’s semifinals at Douglass’ Moses Miller Stadium.
SPARTANS EXPECTING PLAYOFFSSoutheast coach Michael Branch almost always has his team in contention for a playoff spot in the season’s final weeks. He’s not content with that, though. "We fully expect to be a playoff team this year,” Branch said. And he certainly has the personnel to get that accomplished. The Spartans have 11 starters back.
EXTRA POINTSRunning back and linebacker Kale Sawatzky is Weatherford’s leading returner, having run for 856 yards last season. The Eagles return nine defensive starters. ... Guymon, coached by Joe Litsch, doesn’t play its first game against an Oklahoma opponent until the fourth week, when the Tigers travel to Southeast to begin district play. ... Elk City returns nine starters, led by junior fullback and linebacker Steven Ferguson. Ferguson had 110 tackles and 751 rushing yards as a sophomore.
District 4A-1 coaches’ poll→1. Douglass (9-3) →2. McGuinness (11-3) →3. Elk City (6-5) →4. Weatherford (4-6) →5. Woodward (3-8) →6. Southeast (4-6) →7. Piedmont (3-7) →8. Guymon (0-10)