District 5A-1 notebook: Carl Albert edges Guthrie in coaches' poll

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: August 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm •  Published: August 24, 2010

You could make the argument that Carl Albert, the defending Class 5A champion, is once again the best team in the class.

But you could also make the argument that the Titans aren't even the best team in their district. Guthrie is expected to also contend for the gold ball.

The rivalry between Carl Albert and Guthrie has gained some serious steam in recent years, and this year's battle in Week 7 at Carl Albert might be one of the more anticipated battles between the clubs.

Coaches were in agreement that the two were the best teams, though there was much debate about who deserved the No. 1 spot. The Titans barely edged the Bluejays.

Dinkines a big target for Deer Creek

Last year saw so many injuries to the Deer Creek team and to most of its top players. Last year's bumps and bruises have led to this year's high expectations.

"We were able to get a lot of guys quality time playing varsity," coach Grant Gower said. "We have a lot of experience coming back."

Running back Colten Sander is one of those players returning from injury while wide receiver Hunter Dinkines is one of those players who gained valuable varsity experience last year.

Dinkines has worked all summer with quarterbacks Alex Christensen and Joel Blumenthal and might be the No. 1 target for the Antlers.

Hawkins working his way into shape

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Coaches poll for 5A-1

1. Carl Albert (12-2)

2. Guthrie (8-5)

3. Ada (7-4)

4. El Reno (12-1)

5. Deer Creek (4-6)

6. Noble (2-8)

7. Southeast (2-8)

8. Western Heights (2-8)

Note: 2009 record in parentheses

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