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District A-8 football preview: Foyil looking for redemption against Afton

By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com Modified: July 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm •  Published: July 24, 2010
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The Afton-Foyil rivalry is likely to settle the District A-8 championship as it did last season, when Afton won 20-8.

But with several key seniors returning, Foyil coach Jesse Leigh hopes to get back on the winning side this fall.

Leigh has seniors at quarterback and fullback in Haskell Patton and Kris Miller, respectively. That duo will carry the load for the Panthers' Wing-T offense, though several players will get touches.

Junior Jordan Evans is stepping into the spotlight at linebacker after a 130-tackle season. And Zac Swinney will be a name to remember in Foyil, says Leigh. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior qualified for the state track meet in the 100 meters and will play a crucial role, particularly as a tight end/wide receiver when the Panthers throw.

"A lot of people don't know who he is right now," Leigh said. "But five games in, I don't think that will be the case."

Afton counting on Wisdom

Though he hasn't played since his sophomore season, Matt Wisdom could step to the forefront for Afton as it tries to repeat as district champions.

Wisdom, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back and linebacker, will be a key piece for the Eagles on both sides of the ball, and is receiving some NCAA Division II recruiting interest as a linebacker.

Junior quarterback Brennon Fuser, tailback/slot receiver Dusty Henry and wideout Sam Shepherd will contribute to an offense that will be strong in the skilled positions as coach Zach Gardner aims for a 50-50 split on the run and pass play calls.

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District A-8 coaches' poll

1. Foyil (7-4)

2. Afton (8-3)

3. Porter* (11-1)

4. Fairland (3-7)

5. Oklahoma Union (3-7)

6. Hulbert (1-9)

*Played in eight-man Class B last season.

Notes: Okay was originally selected to be in this district, but the school has dropped football. Last season's record in parentheses.

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