Running back Landon Nault is the top playmaker in Kingfisher's offense as he enters his junior season and third year as a starter. Quarterback Grant Newton is the glue that holds the unit together.
But their jobs are made much easier with a big and experienced offensive line in front of them.
Mitch Henderson, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound senior, anchors the unit that essentially returns four starters. Seniors Cole Cameron and Chris Ludwig, as well as sophomore Kaden Jackson, will fill spots once again for the Yellowjackets.
“We've got each other's backs, and we're used to it,” said Henderson, who is being recruited by Tulsa. “We're aggressive, and we know we've got good teammates beside us. We do work.”
NICHOLS KEY FOR NEWCASTLE
As passing offenses continue to become more prevalent in high school, the value of a strong cornerback grows.
Newcastle coach Keith Bolles knows how important Cade Nichols will be from that position this season after a standout junior year in 2011.
Nichols closed off his side of the field, recording five interceptions and 39 tackles. He also accounted for four receiving touchdowns.
The Racers' defense will also count on senior lineman Justin Coryell, an experienced 6-4, 260-pound senior who will start both ways.
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District 3A-3 coaches' poll
1. Heritage Hall (12-1)
2. Kingfisher (9-2)
3. Newcastle (5-6)
4. John Marshall (4-6)
5. Bethel (4-6)
(tie) Star Spencer (1-9)
7. Centennial (1-9)
*-Last year's record in parentheses