A lot of the districts went through major changes, but that is not the case in District A-7 as the seven teams were in the same district the last two years.
The biggest change in this district is the scheduling as the teams are going from having one non-district game to having four the next two years.
"We're going to be able to play some of our biggest natural rivals again," Hominy coach Scott Harmon said. "We can play Cleveland, Pawnee and Pawhuska and picked up Newkirk. That's going to be good for us."
Morrison coach Cory Bales sees it in a different light. Because of how tough its non-district schedule is, he said "you're definitely going to know what your team is made out of."
Change at Woodland
Woodland was clearly the favorite among the coaches for which team would win the district. And despite head coach Trent Worley leaving last week to take an assistant spot at Lincoln Christian, the Cougars are still picked to be No. 1.
"It was an opportunity that was too good to pass up, both professionally and personally," Worley said. "It's always tough to leave kids that you work with so much, but they'll win a lot of ballgames."
The Woodland school board meets tonight, when a coach will be named.
The Cougars are anchored by a pair of linemen in Caleb Cook and Kade Cox.
Jones to provide spark for Hominy
It's one thing to lose your final game, it's another to see one of your best players get severely injured in it.
That was the case for Hominy as linebacker Austin Jones tore up his knee in the last game of the Bucks' season.
But after a vigorous rehab, Jones, now a junior, will be back.
"He is a tough, tough football player," Harmon said. "He's gained about 10-12 pounds, and he'll be ready to go."
That's not the only good thing for Hominy, as Harmon said this year's team has shown better team unity. It started in the summer workouts, where the Bucks had a great turnout for their summer conditioning program.
Morrison ready to rebound
No, that was not a misprint. After all the success Morrison has had recently, the Wildcats uncharacteristically struggled to a 3-7 record in 2009.
While it was tough for Bales and his players last year, it's made them that much stronger this year.
"We're mentally tougher," Bales said. "We learned a lot from last year. Things just aren't going to be given to you. It was an eye opener and put things in perspective."
Bales said the strength will be up front as all five starters return on the offensive line, which should make things easier for running back Jake Walls, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season. Linebacker Klancy Foote leads the way defensively.
Coaches poll for District A-7 1. Woodland (7-4) 2. Hominy (6-5) 3. Morrison (3-7) 4. Barnsdall (5-5) 5. Yale (2-8) 6. Liberty (3-7) 7. Drumright (3-7) Note: No teams new to district. 2009 record in parentheses.