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.
"We still need to get more aggressive and tackle better, but it's come along some," Ward said. "I think we have a better feel for the speed of Friday night."
Thomas, picked to finish second in the district, will be tested early. Their second game of the season, a Sept. 10 contest against Okeene, will be important, Ward said.
"They are a good team," Ward said of Okeene, a team that figures to be among the best in the state.
Beaver keeps core of team intact
Beaver, which finished 5-5 last year, returns eight starters on both sides of the ball, and expectations are high.
"We have a lot of experience coming back, and hopefully that translates into wins," Beaver coach Mike McVay said. "We have good players at the skill positions, quarterbacks that can run and throw and as good of a line as I've had in a while."
Two years ago, Beaver finished 2-8, when the current group of starters were freshmen and sophomores. That experience helped the team mature, McVay said.
"We've grown up as we've gone," he said. "Last year we played pretty well, but just couldn't get over the hump. I'm confident our kids are ready to reap the benefit of that."
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