The 2009 football season was ugly for Tulsa Washington, which was favored to repeat as Class 5A champ, but a recruiting controversy resulted in forfeits and no playoff appearance.
This fall, with a new coach and multiple college prospects, the Hornets are focused once again on the gold ball.
Coach Darrell Hall's new squad will be led by Kansas State oral commit Tyler Lockett and other top seniors, Dante Barnett and Derrick Alexander, as they try to erase the memory of last season.
"Last season was really frustrating," Alexander said. "But it motivated this year's seniors even more to win it all."
The Hornets are viewed as the unanimous District 5A-3 favorites, and several coaches predicted them No. 1 in their 5A preseason list.
Kelley looking for QB
An impressive group of returning offensive players has just about everything, except for a quarterback.
Tulsa Bishop Kelley coach J.J. Tappana is monitoring a battle between three juniors and a sophomore to see who will lead an offense that is anchored by a strong offensive line and talented backfield.
District 5A-3 coaches poll 1. Tulsa Washington (5-5) 2. Tulsa Kelley (11-1) 3. McAlester (10-2) 4. Tulsa Memorial (2-8) 5. Collinsville (6-5) 6. Tulsa Hale (6-5) 7. Skiatook (1-9) 8. Tulsa Rogers (0-10) 2009 record in parentheses