Could this finally be the West side's year?
It is a question that gets asked every year, and will continue to be asked until a team other than Jenks or Tulsa Union wins the Class 6A championship. But once again, another team hoisting the gold ball seems unlikely.
Midwest City has lots of talent back — especially on defense — but the Trojans and Redskins just seem too talented and too deep.
What teams could make big improvements this year?
Edmond Santa Fe and Stillwater. Both teams went 1-9 last year, but both have new coaches and return lots of talent.
The Wolves have a talented young QB in sophomore Justice Hansen to run Lance Manning's spread offense, lots of good receivers and have WR/DE Michael Onuoha, an NCAA Division I prospect, back from an injury last season.
The Pioneers return QB Jerame Littell and WRs Cory Hassell and Jesse Vester, all seniors who lit up the stat sheet despite the win/loss column.
How will Shawnee fare in its final 6A season?
The Wolves struggled last season, going 3-7 overall and 1-6 in District 6A-3 play. The Wolves were a perennial power in Class 5A, but, as they have shown, there is a big, big difference between 5A and 6A.
Shawnee is in a brutal district that includes Jenks, Broken Arrow, Norman, Muskogee and Southmoore. But a Week 2 nondistrict game against Deer Creek should be a strong indicator of how good this team is against fair competition.
Next season, the Wolves return to Class 5A.