One of the reasons Broken Bow is predicted to win District 4A-4 is its offense. It's a unit that is stocked with talented players who are heavy on experience.
Leading the way is tailback Eric Dockins, who ran for 1,806 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore last season.
Broken Bow coach Greg Werner says of the 6-foot, 215-pounder: "He is the best tailback in the state regardless of class."
Quarterback Payton Werner is heading into his third season as a starter and coming off a 976-yard, 11-touchdown season in 2009. And the Savages have a pair of top receivers in Trey Lee and Tory Wheeler.
Then there are the big guys up front.
"We return five out of the six starters from last season," said Werner. "And they are much bigger and hopefully much better."
Poteau turns to new QB
Although junior Wilson Klutts has never played quarterback for Poteau, he's awfully familiar with the position.
The 6-3, 180-pounder will take over under center for his brother, Garrett, who graduated last year after a standout career. Aside from gaining lessons from his big brother, the younger Klutts played receiver last season. He expects that to help at quarterback because he knows exactly what the guys he'll be throwing to are doing.
Klutts will be learning on the run along with most everybody else on offense. Just two starters are back, led by tailback/receiver/free safety Nick Donathan, who ran for 482 yards, caught 12 passes and had 60 tackles in 2009.
Muldrow strong in the trenches
Muldrow doesn't have great size on the line on either side of the ball. That doesn't mean the Bulldogs won't be a force to be reckoned with.
Hunter Mooney (6-1, 230 pounds), Brandon Martin (5-10, 205) and Brian Sevenstar (6-4, 240) are all returning starters from last year's 4-6 squad. They'll carry the load for coach Kyle Fowler's club, but Devon Taylor (6-0, 210) and Braden Fouts (5-10, 205) are expected to be significant contributors.
District 4A-4 coaches' poll 1. Broken Bow (8-4) 2. Sallisaw (11-2) 3. Hilldale (5-5) 4. Poteau (8-3) 5. Fort Gibson (3-7) 6. Muldrow (4-6) 7. Stilwell (3-7) 8. Tulsa Webster (3-7) Note: 2009 records in parentheses