Vian returns 10 offensive players and nine defensive players. Vian coach Brandon Tyler plans to run a multiple-set offense that allows him to spread the ball around.
After reaching the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state playoffs and winning 12 games, Tyler's confident his team can perform well in the district this season.
“There's definitely a lot of variables that play into that,” Tyler said. “We definitely gotta stay healthy. A key loss here or there and a very good team becomes an average team.”
The Wolverines' offensive line is anchored by 6-foot-4, 305-pound Rob Boyd. He committed to Tulsa on March 31.
“When it's fourth-and-1, it's going to be no secret where we're going,” Tyler said.
HARTSHORNE, YOUNG BUT EXPERIENCED
Hartshorne coach Bill Williams' team is young but experienced. Many of his 15 returning players started last season.
“We've got a couple kids who could really be special,” Williams said. “I think we'll be OK. I really do.”
Hartshorne lost its 2011 first-round playoff game to Morris, but Williams believes this 2012 team has a chance to compete in the district if it stays injury free.
“We got a chance to make a run,” Williams said. “When you make a run, it's who's healthy at the end.”
HUGO LOOKS TO COOPER
Hugo coach Terry Shamley returns young, experienced team. But it's not too deep, so the team will rely on senior linebacker Kameron Cooper. Cooper led the team in tackles in with 150.
Hugo is dropping down to play Class 2A ball this season after down year in 3A. Hugo's last winning season came in during the 2008-09 season when it finished 6-5 (5-2).
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District 2A-6 coaches' poll
1. Vian (12-1)
2. Hartshorne (8-3)
3. Pocola (4-6)
4. Wilburton (5-6)
5. Hugo (1-9)
6. Panama (1-9)
7. Antlers (0-10)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses.