Johnson an all-around threat for Eagles
College scouts are raving about Del City offensive lineman Jamelle Naff, and quarterback Chazten Gonzales has already committed to TCU, but the offense might hinge on what Greg Johnson can produce.
As a junior, Johnson averaged nearly five yards per carry while rushing for more than 500 yards and three scores. He also saw some time at wide receiver, adding another 177 yards.
Johnson should get even more looks this season as he splits time at running back with Adrian Fletcher, but he's becoming one of Gonzales' top targets.
"I'll play wherever they need me to," Johnson said. "It doesn't matter to me as long as I'm out there."
Shake-and-bake in the Lawton backfield
Replacing a reliable senior like Charles Smith from last year's Lawton offense didn't look like the easiest task until Deaquan Wojciehowski emerged. A receiver last year, he has been the Wolverines' primary back in an offense loaded with talent at a variety of positions.
"We've moved him over, and he's looked great," coach Randy Breeze said. "He's got a little more shake-and-bake to him than what we've normally had in the past."
Mustang defense progressing
At Mustang, it's typically the offense that pulls to the front, but the defense has taken the lead this season.
"The young guys have picked up the defense real quick," senior Cale Witter said. "I feel like this year, compared to last year, we're farther ahead. Our secondary has a lot of guys with experience from last year."
Huskies' defense coming around
Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek knew going into the summer that his biggest concern was on defense.
The Huskies only have two returning starters on that side of the ball in linebacker Ryan Adams and defensive tackle Brayden Prough.
The secondary was the biggest worry after the loss of one of the best quartets in the state, but Dombek said the 7-on-7 competitions really helped.
Kelley a couple weeks from returning
The Edmond Santa Fe offense struggled for the majority of 2009, but the Wolves have looked better in the summer and early fall practice.
Part of the improvement is that coach Bruce Gowen is feeling better acclimated with the offense, but a big reason has been the development of junior wide receiver Tre Kelley, who emerged over the summer.
Kelley broke his hand two weeks ago but said he is right on target with his recovery and should be cleared to play in a couple of weeks.
Westmoore returns six of its defensive front seven, led by linemen Tyler Newton and Kyle Factor, and linebackers Cody Cates and Bryan Norris. ... Putnam City faces the opposite issue, with most of its front seven graduating last year. The Pirate defense will rely on its secondary, with guys like Dalinte Johnson, Allen Zimmerman and Cody Minor.
District 6A-2 coaches' poll 1. Lawton (9-3) 2. Mustang (7-4) 3. Edmond North (8-3) 4. Edmond Santa Fe (3-7) 5. Del City (7-3) 6. Westmoore (3-7) 7. Putnam City (3-7) 8. U.S. Grant (1-9) 2009 record in parentheses