Can Douglass repeat?
Several of the top teams in Class 4A had significant losses due to graduation and must fill those holes.
Douglass falls into that category, too, after saying goodbye to players like Aliston Cobb, Marcus Caddell, DeVante McKinney, Ravi Riley, Shon Bridges and a few more. But coach Willis Alexander has developed his program to the point that it can reload, rather than rebuild.
The Trojans have some strong returning players and other future stars who have been waiting their turn to start for the orange and black.
It could be the same team as last year — Wagoner. Douglass had to go to overtime to beat the Bulldogs in the title game, 20-13, and coach Dale Condict's squad has a bevy of talent returning, including defensive back Kevin Peterson and linebacker Jeremy Applegate.
Both of them will be valuable on offense as well, though the team will miss quarterback Prince McJunkins, who was extremely dangerous running and throwing.
Clinton lost running back Saul Pina to graduation, but Mike Lee's squad will be in the hunt once again.
McGuinness was a perennial playoff team under Kenny Young, and you would expect that Justin Jones can keep it rolling.
Lastly, don't overlook Sallisaw as a potential contender. Quarterback Ben Oberste grew up a lot as a starter in his sophomore season, and he should only be better this year.
By Scott Wright