Cherokee will look to build on the momentum it gained during the past two seasons in Class B, when it begins a new era of Chiefs football in Class C this fall.
The Chiefs were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season. Coach Bryce Schanbacher feels good about his team's chances this season. He is asking linebackers Alex Castro and Landon Schanbacher to lead the team this season.
“Defensively I feel like we're going to be pretty solid,” Schanbacher said. “We've got a pretty good secondary with lots of speed and quite a bit of experience.”
DEER CREEK-LAMONT BUILDING ON SUCCESS
Deer Creek-Lamont lost 13-12 to eventual Class C state runner-up Tipton in the second round of last year's playoffs. DC-Lamont rushed for more than 2,400 yards last season.
Deer Creek-Lamont coach David Zachary said his returning players learned from their experiences.
“If everybody stays healthy, I think we have a chance to be pretty decent,” he said.
TIMBERLAKE IN MIDST OF YOUTH MOVEMENT
Timberlake reached the second round of the playoffs last season before losing to Temple 34-22. Timberlake will not return many starters from its 2011 squad.
“We're awfully young,” coach Brian Severin said. “We're going to have a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing. We graduated a good bunch.”
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District C-3 Coaches' Poll
1. Cherokee (8-3)
2. Deer Creek-Lamont (10-1)
3. Timberlake (9-2)
4. Claremore Christian (3-7)
5. Bluejacket (6-4)
6. Wesleyan Christian (4-6)
7. Prue (2-8)
8. Carney (1-9)
9. Kremlin-Hillsdale (0-10)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses