Lawton defensive end Sunny Puletasi hasn’t had much football experience. A Samoan, Puletasi didn’t even play football until about three years ago, when his father was stationed at Fort Sill. Since, Puletasi has turned into one of the best defensive linemen around and has orally committed to Wyoming. "He’s a good player and just as good a kid,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. "He’s a quiet kid but a hard worker and very coachable.” Bigger programs have started expressing interest in the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, but Puletasi has said he would remain committed to the Cowboys.
Mustang likely to play two QBsThe quarterback battle at Mustang between senior Jacinto Biorato and sophomore Brandon Taylor likely will extend into Friday night’s rivalry game against Yukon. Both have been efficient in running the Broncos’ up-tempo passing attack in the preseason in trying to fill the void of Kyle Webster, who led Mustang to its first undefeated regular season last year. Biorato, because of seniority, will likely start, but the 6-2, 200-pound Taylor could see considerable playing time as well. "They’re both each other’s biggest fan,” Mustang coach Ty Prestidge said.
Santa Fe players growing comfortable with rolesEdmond Santa Fe seniors are learning that being a leader isn’t something that’s just done on the football field — it’s a 24/7 job. "It’s new territory for most of these guys, and I think it’s been surprising for some of them,” coach Bruce Gowen said. "Every little move is watched. You can’t skip a rep in the weight room.” Quarterback Will Long and running backs Antonio Stayton and Brian Mills have had limited varsity experience in their career but have become the leaders for this year’s Wolves team. "For the most part, it’s been good, and it’s getting better every day,” Gowen said. Santa Fe plays rival Edmond North on Friday night.
Wide open districtThe district’s coaches didn’t agree on a whole lot while filling in their predicted finishes. About half of the teams received first-place votes. "It’s a tough one to pick,” Breeze said. "You know Mustang’s going to be real good offensively, and you know Edmond Santa Fe and Putnam North will have similar type kids and will be solid. But there are a lot of other teams that have a chance to be pretty good.” One of those is Del City. Despite a long playoff drought, the Eagles have been drawing attention as the season approaches. "They’ve got those good skill position guys on offense, but they’re also a physical team on defense,” Breeze said. "They’ll get after you.”
District 6A-1 Coaches Poll2008 records in parentheses 1. Mustang (12-1)* 2. Edmond Santa Fe (9-3)* 3. Putnam North (6-5) 4. Del City (4-6) 5. Southmoore (2-8) 6. Norman North (9-3) 7. Lawton (4-6) 8. Moore (1-9) *On-the-field record. Jenks forfeited playoff games to the Broncos and Wolves.