District A-4 football preview: Ringling ready for next step; Velma-Alma duo impressive

By Justin Harper, Staff Writer, jharper@opubco.com Modified: July 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm •  Published: July 28, 2010

Ringling ready for next step

Ringling has been one of the best programs in Class A. And few teams can match the Blue Devils' record over the last two seasons (21-2). However, Ringling covets the wins that mean more — postseason victories.

Unbeaten in the regular season last year, the Blue Devils fell in first round to Watonga. In that 24-14 loss, Ringling allowed more points than it had in its previous six games combined (18). The season before, it was a second-round exit.

But with a core of playmakers back from a team that outscored foes by an average of 44.5-7.1, the Blue Devils seemed primed for another season with 10 or more victories.

Velma-Alma duo strong, experienced

In running back Tanner Jenkins, Velma-Alma has one of the district's top offensive threats. The senior running back is one of eight returning starters on offense. The 5-8, 190-pound Jenkins averaged 109 yards per game, 6.1 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns.

The Comets are loaded on the other side of the ball as well, led by Zac Morse, who piled up almost 10 tackles per game as a junior.

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District A-4 Coaches’ Poll

1. Ringling (10-1)

2. Velma-Alma (9-4)

3. Healdton (8-3)

4. Waurika (4-6)

5. Wilson (3-7)

6. Empire (1-9)

7. Bray-Doyle (0-10)

2009 record in parentheses

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