Last season, Metro Christian Academy came within one game of playing for a Class 3A state championship, losing to Kingfisher 33-6 in the semifinal.
Outside that semifinal loss, the Patriots lost their three other games by a total of seven points.
Now head coach Jared McCoy is faced with the task of getting them through District 3A-6 and to the championship game.
“We have a lot of skill players back, but we lost our big boys,” McCoy said. “We only have one starter returning on the offensive line so we have kind of recruited the whole Metro school and got some depth but we're still inexperienced.”
Metro Christian returns six starters on an offense led by senior quarterback Andrew Hearon, who threw for 3,900 yards and a school-record 49 touchdowns.
Hearon will have wide receivers Troy Jensen and Drew Hillenburg to toss the ball to after each collected more than 1,000 yards in 2010.
“In our offense, we throw the ball so much that those bodies up front have to be more athletic than big,” McCoy said. “But when you get deep in the playoffs you have to be able to stop people up front at some point.”
Metro's offensive line will have to get acclimated quickly to repeat the success from last season.
Locust Grove brings new offense in 2011
Travis Sims couldn't grab a win in his first season as head coach at Locust Grove, but with a new offensive coordinator in Carl Lee, he looks to change that.
“We've done some aspects of spread game in the past,” Sims said. “We're adding more wrinkles to that and it will primarily be a spread offense.”
Locust Grove has 12 seniors returning in the upcoming season including linebacker Sergio Natividad who recorded 91 tackles last year.
“He's a great leader and a hardworking guy,” Sims said. “He's one of those kids that will do anything that is asked of him, he gets carries in on offense as well.”
Sims said the players are excited for this season after a finishing 0-10 in 2010, and with a new spread offense being implemented and six starters returning on offense they should improve on that standing.
Family affair at Sequoyah-Tahlequah
Junior quarterback Brayden Scott handles the quarterback duties for Sequoyah-Tahlequah. His father Brent Scott is the head coach, and Brent's father Bill Scott, who is in his 52nd year of coaching, is the offensive line coach.
“He's the real deal,” Brent Scott said of son Brayden, and this is not just a father talking up his son, Scott could be the best quarterback in Oklahoma in the class of 2013.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder passed for 2,132 yards and 20 TDs with just four interceptions as a sophomore.
Scott has started since his freshman year and is receiving interest from Tulsa, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UCLA.
Scott will have one of his favorite targets back in senior wide receiver Zack Robinson, who caught 41 passes for 712 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010.
Robinson is receiving interest from Tulsa, Arkansas, Nebraska, Arizona, OU, and OSU.
District 3A-6 Coaches' Poll 1. Sequoyah-Tahlequah (9-2) 2. Metro Christian (10-4) 3. Verdigris (9-3) 4. Sequoyah-Claremore (2-7) 5. Inola (5-6) 6. Westville (3-7) 7. Locust Grove (0-10) *2010 record in parentheses