District A-1 football preview: Turpin looking to fill holes; Defense key for Thomas

By Corbin Hosler, Staff Writer, chosler@opubco.com Modified: July 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm •  Published: July 31, 2010
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Turpin looks to overcome loss of seniors

Turpin lost 11 seniors from last year's 5-5 team, and is looking to fill those holes.

"We don't have a lot of experience or depth," Turpin coach Mario Mendoza said. "But we have some strengths, including our offensive line where we have three starters coming back."

The team's underclassmen are prepared to fill the team's needs.

"I'm still pretty optimistic about our season," Mendoza said. "We've been working hard this summer and we expect to get into the playoffs."

One thing working in favor of the new players is that they've been in the same system since middle school, Mendoza said.

"They've been around this since the seventh or eighth grade," he said. "We've just got to get a lot of practice time and repetitions."

Defense a key for Thomas

Thomas started four freshmen on defense last year and paid the price.

"They didn't miss all the tackles, but they sure learned the hard way," coach Bob Ward said.

Now those players have a year of experience under the belts, and Ward is optimistic for their play this season.



District A-1 Coaches' Poll

1. Oklahoma Bible Academy (12-2)

2. Thomas (4-6)

3. Beaver (5-5)

4. Texhoma (7-4)

5. Fairview (0-10)

6. Turpin (5-5)

7. Mooreland (1-9)

8. Hooker (0-10)

2009 records in parentheses

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