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Three questions about Class 3A football: Can anyone beat Heritage Hall?

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

Can anyone beat Heritage Hall?

Heritage Hall won the Class 3A championship last year and comes into 2011 loaded with NCAA Division I talent on both sides of the ball.

The scariest thing for opponents? The Chargers won the title with superstar RB Barry J. Sanders missing eight games with a foot injury.

WR Sterling Shepard has committed to OU, and lineman Markus Wakefield, TE/DT Quintaz Struble and WR/LB Cale Courtney are all also D-I prospects.

Then, add in another major recruit, QB Quinn Shanbour, who sat out last season after transferring from Bishop McGuinness.

If the Chargers can stay healthy, a repeat seems probable.

Can Sheldon Wilson possibly match his numbers from last season?

Wilson rushed for 2,798 yards and 49 TDs as a junior last season as his Anadarko team advanced to the Class 3A semifinals. This season, expectations are even higher for the Warriors.

Defenses will hone in on Wilson, but if they focus on him too much, they risk allowing senior QB Tyler Melton and Anadarko's trio of returning senior receivers to go off.

With the rest of the Warrior offense, it would seem unlikely that Wilson could match those numbers. Of course, defenses knew about him last year and didn't stop him.

Will Weatherford rebound from last year's 1-9 season?

Weatherford, a perennial power in Oklahoma high school football, suffered through a 1-9 record last year.

The Eagles return 19 starters this season, but coach Mickey Selfried's bunch is still very young. The team is also in the tough District 3A-1, which includes Anadarko and Tuttle.