It is only its first year in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, but coaches agree the Summit Christian football program is the team to beat in District B-4.
As an independent last year, the Eagles averaged more than 54 points a game and scored 80 points on two occasions.
The move to the OSSAA isn't the only adjustment the program will have to make as coach Keith Bell stepped down after last season and Ron Davis is taking over.
The Eagles will be paced by senior Danny Badley, who was effective on offense and defense. He rushed for seven scores and caught seven more while recording 118 tackles and eight sacks.
Teams to hit the ground running
In other classes, teams will have as many as four non-district games. However, all Class B districts have 10 clubs.
That means the teams won't have much of a feeling-out process as they will have one non-district game before hitting the grind.
“It gives you one less game to find, and you have to jump right in the mix,” Oaks coach Gary Hummingbird said. “It's going to make those first couple of weeks' practices that much more important.”
Welch has many returning starters
It wasn't the best of seasons last year at Welch, but it's helped for the maturity of this year's club, said coach Ryan Gleaves.