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Three questions about 5A football: Can Tulsa Washington reload?

BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer Modified: August 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm •  Published: August 29, 2011

Can Tulsa Washington repeat?

The Hornets lost all but two starters on offense and return just five on defense from last season's title team. Washington does have plenty of talent remaining, most notably wide receiver/defensive back Jared Collins, but they'll have to break in a lot of new players, especially on the offensive line and at quarterback.

Outside of the traditional powers, who can contend for the title?


The Buffaloes return 10 starters on each side of the ball, including dynamic QB Tony Kiefer, who has more than 7,000 total yards the last two seasons combined.

McAlester also has WR/DB Adam Boyd and LB/RB Jarome Smith among its returners.

Who wins District 5A-1?

Like it has in recent years, the district title will come down to the meeting between Guthrie and Carl Albert. This year, that game is Oct. 14 at Guthrie.

The Bluejays feature two of the best players around in lineman Blake Belcher and LB Landry Chappell, as well as plenty of other talent.

Carl Albert doesn't have the star power it has had in recent years, but the Titans are still among the contenders in Class 5A.

Guthrie is the slight favorite entering the season, but once again the game figures to be a nail-biter.

By Ryan Aber