Ponca City's last winning season came in 2005, when it went 9-2 and second in District 6A-3. It hopes to make the playoffs this season and get out of their four-year postseason drought.
The Wildcats depend heavily on junior quarterback Brent Wilson, who was was invited to the top 100 National Underclassman Camp this summer and was named MVP at two quarterback camps.
"If he stays healthy we have a chance," said coach Rob Fry, whose defense returns no starters. "Our defense will need some revamping though with new faces."
Enid back is the real deal
Enid placed third in the district last year and has nine offensive starters returning this season, none as explosive as senior running back Jonathan Burton.
A relative unknown at the start of last season the 5'9 200 pound Burton has drawn interest from Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Arizona after running for 1,234 yards and 13 touchdowns.
That's an enormous jump from 2008, when he gained 446 yards.
Burton made 66 tackles last season at linebacker.
"Burton is one of the top running backs and linebackers in the state," said coach Tommy Parker.
Will Union three-peat?
Enid, Jenks, and Tulsa Washington have one thing in common: They have all won three state championships in a row in the state's largest class.
Union will get its second shot at a threepeat. After winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, the Redskins lost to Muskogee in the first round in 2006.
Fourth-year coach Kirk Fridrich has reached the state finals every season since he assumed the position as head coach in 2007. Win it all this year and he will be the only Union football coach with three straight titles.
By Tariq Lee
District 6A-4 Coaches' Poll 1. Tulsa Union (13-1) 2. Bartlesville (9-3) 3. Owasso (6-5) 4. Enid (6-5) 5. Stillwater (5-5) 6. Bixby* (9-5) 7. Sand Springs (4-6) 8. Ponca City (2-8) *denotes new team to district 2009 records in parentheses