District 6A-1 notebook: Midwest City tops in state's toughest district

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO AND SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writers, bprzybylo@opubco.com and swright@opubco.com Modified: August 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm •  Published: August 28, 2010
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Last year's District 6A-1 was one of the craziest districts with so many teams in contention and beating each other up.

It might even be worse this year. Five teams (Midwest City, Edmond Memorial, Putnam City North, Yukon and Lawton Eisenhower) made the playoffs last year while Norman North should also be in the hunt. Add in improved Choctaw and Moore teams, and this is an ultra-competitive district that the coaches have picked Midwest City to win.

Austin leading MWC charge

Midwest City junior running back James Flanders should emerge as one of the top backs in the class this year. His success should mean even better things for senior quarterback Greg Austin.

A first-year starter last year, Austin went through ups and downs but has emerged as one of the top 10 quarterback prospects.

"I definitely feel a lot more comfortable," Austin said. "We've got some great receivers. It's going to be fun on offense."

Austin amassed more than 2,100 yards of offense and 23 touchdowns last year.

Chambers a name to watch for Memorial

The defense has been the pride for Edmond Memorial in recent years and that shouldn't change.

Defensive tackle Connor Myers turned heads all summer at recruiting camps, but Myers said the name people should be watching for is Jared Chambers.

"He had some good moments last year and people might know him, but this is definitely the year for him to make things happen," Myers said.

Chambers had 71 tackles and four sacks last season.

PC North offensive line progressing

With only two returning starters on the offensive line, it was unclear just what the unit would look like as Putnam City North tries to make a deeper playoff run than last year's first-round exit.

Along with left tackle Daniel Burton, the line is anchored by senior Andy Bates, a returning starter at center. A reliable blocker, Bates showed great consistency on shotgun snaps with the switch to a spread offense last year.

Overall, quarterback Jace James has been pleased with the progress of his front five.

"I've been pretty impressed," James said. "They're coming along well, still working at it and getting better."