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West OKC metro football notebook: Piedmont's Craig Church excited about team's future

BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND RYAN ABER, Staff Writers Modified: August 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm •  Published: August 27, 2011
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After spending the last 14 years as an assistant coach at Stillwater, Craig Church is excited about what's ahead in his new job as head coach at Piedmont.

“We've got a good group of seniors,” Church said. “I think we've got a chance to surprise some people. We'll see if it all jells together.”

Church moved Collin Bricker from tight end to quarterback, which gives the Wildcats some talented athletes in the backfield, along with running back Cassius Calhoun.

Church plans to install the same type of spread offense he ran at Stillwater, which was extremely productive, especially in the last two seasons.

“We'll be a spread offense, kind of a pace offense,” Church said. “No huddle, speed it up, slow it down, spread the ball around.”

POLLY READY TO BUILD PROGRAM AT WESTERN HEIGHTS

Ed Polly has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Western Heights, and now he gets the chance to implement his ideas for how to turn the program into a winner.

Polly took over for Kevin Ball, who left to take a job in Arkansas.

“We're a work in progress,” Polly said. “Our experience is going to be on the line, but we're young everywhere else, so there's gonna be some growing pains, especially with the district we're in.”

Sophomore Gage Hughes will be at quarterback for the Jets, with Triston Clark anchoring the line. Senior Dante Rocco will provide senior leadership at receiver and defensive back, with several young players around him, like Gerard Amir.

CASHION DOESN'T EXPECT DROP-OFF

Cashion lost a large piece of its success the last two seasons when quarterback Jeremy Seaton graduated, but the Wildcats aren't afraid of facing a drop-off this year.

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