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Three questions about Class 6A football: Could this be the West side's year?

By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, Modified: August 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm •  Published: August 29, 2011

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.