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Three questions on Class A: Who could unseat Woodland?

By Scott Wright Modified: August 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm •  Published: August 29, 2011
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Who is the top contender to unseat defending champ Woodland?

Woodland certainly looks to be capable of a repeat performance this season, but there appear to be several teams waiting in line for the Cougars to stumble.

Thomas is first on the list. Bob Ward's team surely hasn't forgotten the pain of the 46-26 loss to Woodland in the semifinals last year, but this season could be different. They've got size and speed.

Morrison looks primed for another strong season after reaching the semis last year. And Wynnewood got a reminder of what it feels like to go deep in the playoffs, which should give them a boost.

Is there a dark-horse candidate to make a run at the title?

In Class A, there will always be some surprises, and they're usually difficult to predict. But one team not in our top 10 who could be dangerous is Carnegie.

Quarterback Cameron Nix has drawn recruiting interest from some Division I colleges, and and he has several offensive weapons around him.

Cashion is another team that can't be forgotten.

Can Afton receiver Sam Shepard play at the next level?

There will always be doubters of kids trying to make the jump from a small high school to a major college. But when a big program is willing to offer a scholarship to a small-school player, it's usually because they've seen him against college-ready competition.

That's the case with Shepard, who made a name for himself at summer camps. And this isn't a Wes Welker story, either. Shepard is 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds with legitimate speed and very good hands.