District C-2 football preview: New bosses roam the sidelines

Tipton looking to make another title run. Ryan will be a threat, too.
by Ed Godfrey Published: July 19, 2012
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There are a lot of new faces in District C-2 this season.

There is only one new school in the district as Gracemont replaces Thackerville, but there are six new head football coaches.

Only Tipton's Jim Kerbo and Ryan's Stan Mueggenberg are back from last season as head coaches of their schools.

It's probably no coincidence that Tipton and Ryan are also expected to be the two best teams in the district.

THIS COULD BE TIPTON'S YEAR

Tipton, coming off a defeat to Shattuck in last year's Class C state championship game, is not only the favorite to win its district, but many think Tipton will be hoisting the state championship trophy this year after losing just three starters to graduation.

“Tipton is going to be loaded,” Mueggenberg said. “They have a chance to be real, real good.”

Returning to Tipton is senior tailback Josh Torres, who is being heavily recruited. Torres has rushed for 3,800 yards in his career, including 1,600 yards last season.

“He is just a very versatile athlete, a super player,” Kerbo said.

Linebacker Kenon White anchors the defense, and some opposing coaches think he is the best player on the team.

Kerry White, a three-year starter at quarterback, is gone. Kerbo will turn to White's younger brother, Gerald, as the club's new signal caller.

“I think he has got a chance to be as good or better than his older brother,” Kerbo said. “I wouldn't look for him to immediately play on that level, but before the season is over I think Gerald will be on the same level as his brother.”

Kerbo said the younger White gained experience as the backup quarterback last year.

“He will probably go through some growing pains but he's played a lot,” Kerbo said. “It's not like he's green.”

Kerbo admits expectations are very high for this year's squad.

“Losing in the finals last year is a driving factor for these kids,” he said. “Anything less than winning it (state title) will probably be a letdown for them.”

LOOK OUT FOR RYAN

Ryan is young but talented, and Mueggenberg is excited not only about this season, but the future of the program.

Sophomore quarterback Trent Dunaway started eight games as a freshman last season for a Ryan squad that lost in the first round of the playoffs to Shattuck.

Running back Harold Thompson returns and will be joined in the backfield by Ben Barrett, who is moving from the offensive line to fullback.

“He is a hoss,” Mueggenberg said of Barrett. “At team camp, he impressed the daylights out of me.”

Mueggenberg also likes his offensive line of sophomore center Fulton Villereal, who started as a freshman at the position; right guard McCain Rawlings; left guard Chase Lewis and blocking tight end Jesse Dominguez, who also anchors the defense at linebacker along with Tyler Brown.


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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District C-2 coaches' poll

1. Tipton (10-2)

2. Ryan (6-5)

3. Temple (12-1)

4. Corn Bible (4-6)

5. Mountain View (3-6)

6. Duke (2-8)

7. Grandfield (2-8)

8. Cement (0-9)

9. Gracemont (0-7)

Note: Last year's records in parentheses

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