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District 3A-5 football preview: Cascia Hall still kings, but Berryhill could challenge

By Justin Harper, Staff Writer, Modified: August 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm •  Published: August 12, 2010

Cascia's king

The Commandos have been so dominant in the past few years, the only debate in Class 3A is usually who will finish second in the class.

After three straight state championships not much has changed. Cascia Hall is primed for a fourth consecutive crown, thanks to a defense that could very well be the best in 3A. With stars such as linebacker Conner Sherwood and defensive lineman Hunter Hart, the Commandos may be even better than the 2009 group that allowed just 8.0 points per game.

However, if there's a weak link in Cascia's armor this season its experience. A total of eight starters return, but the team lost its starting quarterback, leading receiver, leading rusher and top offensive lineman.

Berryhill could challenge

With Class 4A state champion Star Spencer dropping into 3A, the Bobcats are thought of as a squad that could half Cascia Hall's string of titles. However, the Commandos won't even have to go out of their district to find another team plenty of folks think could take the gold ball.

Berryhill has the athletes, the numbers and the past success. The question will be confidence. The Chiefs went 11-3 last season — two of those losses coming to Cascia Hall. What's more, Berryhill scored a six points in the two games combined.

Still, the team returns 10 starters from 2009 and has one of the state's top players in any class in Justin Finney. Finney is a 6-3, 270-pound senior who starts on the offensive and defensive lines. He already has a Division I-A offer and has been contacted by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Tulsa.

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District 3A-5 coaches' poll

1. Cascia Hall (13-0)

2. Berryhill (11-3)

3. Sperry (8-5)

4. Dewey (8-5)

5. Nowata (3-7)

6. Blackwell (1-9)

7. Kellyville (0-10)

2009 record in parentheses


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