Although there’s stiff competition in District 5A-3, Tulsa Washington was voted consensus No. 1 by coaches. Hornets coach Antwain Jimmerson was quick to point out the skill across the board in Class 5A.
"Year in and year out, anybody in that top echelon of top 10 or 15 teams in Class 5A all have a shot at winning,” he said. "So that’s what makes 5A pretty exciting.” Tulsa Washington’s only loss last season was to Class 6A’s Broken Arrow. Tulsa Washington will host its two toughest competitors from last season, Miami and Bixby, at home in weeks 5 and 10. But one of the highlight games of the season comes in the opener, Sept. 4 at fellow powerhouse Carl Albert.
McCULLOUGH BACK FOR PRYORJ.R. Winton, in his third year as the head coach at Pryor, will have 14 returning starters from last year’s team that finished 3-7. One of them is junior quarterback Evan McCullough. Pryor has had several rough seasons the last few years, but Winton is optimistic.
TULSA ROGERS LOOKING TO WINTulsa Rogers coach Ward White expects junior running back Tyrone Jones will have a big impact on the Ropers’ offense. "He’ll be an integral part of our team this year,” White said. Jones had close to 600 yards last season, but White said last fall’s offensive style didn’t lean on Jones’ ability to run the ball. White expects to emphasize the running game more this season. "I expect he should be at least a 1,000-yard rusher this year,” White said.
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5A-3 coaches’ poll→1. Tulsa Washington (13-1, 2008 state champion) →2. Bixby (8-4) →3. Tulsa Bishop Kelley (7-4) →4. Miami (7-5) →5. Skiatook (5-5) →6. Tulsa Hale (1-9) →7. Pryor (3-7) →8. Tulsa Rogers (1-9)