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.
Bray-Doyle looks to halt slide
The Donkeys were winless in 2009 and have won just two games in the past two seasons, but optimism is up with seven returning starters on offense and defense.
Senior Jacob Roller and juniors Jesse Burton and Joshua Butler should give the Bray-Doyle offense some punch. But the defense is what needs the most work as the Donkeys allowed 40.2 points per game in 2009.
Jones a ringleader for Empire
Replacing do-it-all quarterback and linebacker Tyler Carney won't be easy at Empire. But senior Geoff Jones appears to be the guy to become the Bulldogs' double-duty playmaker. Carney scored five of the team's eight touchdowns last season and had a team-best 96 tackles. Jones, who plays running back and defensive back, had 8.7 tackles per game and ran for almost 500 yards as a junior.
District A-4 Coachesâ€™ 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