Midwest City coach Darrell Hall expects big things out of his defensive ends, though he knows it will likely take some time for them to come together as a group.
The Bombers have a pair of new starters there in junior LaDean Allen and sophomore D.J. Johnson. Conner Kinsey is also expected to see time there.
“I thought they played very well,” Hall, who coaches the defensive ends, said after Midwest City's scrimmage Thursday. “We've got to keep getting better there.”
Yet again, Midwest City is picked to win its district, now 6A-3.
The Bombers have not lost a district game since 2006, a streak of 37 consecutive games.
Edmond North is picked second, followed by Yukon and Lawton Eisenhower.
EDMOND NORTH'S WOODS IMPRESSES
Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek is singing the praises of three-year starting cornerback Curtis Woods, who put on 15 pounds in the offseason.
“He is a superstar,” Dombek said. “He is way better than we ever thought he would be as a senior.”
Woods is up to 180 pounds and playing more physical and with more confidence this year, Dombek said. The senior should start getting the attention of college recruiters, he said.
“He is just extremely improved and he was already a great football player,” Dombek said. “I think he is a big-time player and somebody needs to start looking at him.”
GAVRAS, MEYER STILL BATTLING FOR QB SPOT
Norman North's Peyton Gavras and Channing Meyer have been battling throughout the preseason for the quarterback spot.
Through the first two scrimmages, Gavras has looked like the top option, including leading the Timberwolves to three scores in last week's scrimmage at Tulsa Union.
Meyer is the more versatile player and figures to see time on offense regardless.
One of Gavras' touchdown passes last week went to Meyer.
Norman North opens the season Thursday against crosstown rival Norman.
YUKON DEFENSE BUILT AROUND LINEBACKERS
As the Yukon offense grows accustomed to a new quarterback and mostly new offensive line, a lot will be asked of the defense early in the season.
Coach Todd Wilson shifted from overseeing the offense to fill the role as defensive coordinator and has instituted a 4-3 scheme that is strongest at linebacker.
Blake Biggs, Bradyn Meyer, Jessy Brown and Brandon Andraszek are among the players in the mix at linebacker, and Wilson feels the more basic defense will enable him to get players in the right positions.
“I think we can put guys in positions to help us,” he said. “We can change our look up with some bigger bodies and get some more speed at other positions. They give us the ability to do some different things.”
LINE PLAY CRITICAL FOR PC NORTH
With returning players at quarterback, running back and receiver, it's easy to see where Putnam City North's potential success is most reliant.
The offensive line returns two experienced players in Cole Morris and Matt Custard, while 6-foot-4, 275-pound senior Christian Glocke steps into a key role at tackle.
U.S. GRANT BUILDING AROUND LEADERSHIP
With Dan Burgess on the sideline for the third season — one as a coordinator and this his second as head coach — there's a sense of continuity at U.S. Grant. Signs showed in the Generals' victory over Centennial at the All-City Preview scrimmage last week.
And it shows through in the senior leadership of players like Raul Morales and Bobby Postoak. Morales is a key figure on the offensive and defensive lines, while Postoak will be utilized as a running back and linebacker.
District 6A-3 coaches' poll
1. Midwest City (11-1)
2. Edmond North (9-3)
3. Yukon (7-4)
4. Lawton Eisenhower (4-7)
5. Norman North (6-5)
6. Putnam City North (4-6)
7. Moore (2-8)
8. U.S. Grant (0-10)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses