District A-3 football preview: Carnegie, Mangum teams to beat; Miles Baker key for Snyder

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: July 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm •  Published: July 29, 2010

Carnegie, Mangum teams to beat

Because there are no new teams to District A-3, the coaches had a pretty good grasp on what they think they'll see this fall.

Their conclusion? Carnegie and Mangum are the teams to watch out for. Almost every coach had the Wildcats ranked No. 1 and the Tigers at No. 2 in their prediction for the district.

There's a good reason for that as both teams return a lot of starters from playoff teams last year.

The quarterback tandem of Carnegie's Taaron Burcum and Cameron Nix threw for nearly 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns last year.

The teams meet Week 7 in Carnegie.

Baker a key for Snyder

After winning the district in 2008, Snyder took a step back in trying to reload, but coach Robert Babcock said he think his team is on the right road.

Leading the charge will be quarterback and middle linebacker Miles Baker. A four-year starter, Baker began his career on the offensive line and has made many strides in throwing the ball.

"He's a dual threat," Babcock said. "He's a great runner, but he's got a strong arm and has learned to control it more over the years."

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District A-3 Coaches' poll

1. Carnegie (9-3)

2. Mangum (6-5)

3. Apache (5-5)

4. Hollis (6-5)

5. Sayre (6-4)

6. Snyder (5-5)

7. Burns Flat-Dill City (3-7)

2009 record in parentheses

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