In his first season starting at quarterback, Lexington junior Kyle Hockett shouldn't have much trouble finding a mismatch in the passing game.
The Bulldogs' spread offense will feature four receivers checking in at 6-foot-1 or taller.
The unit is lead by 6-foot-3 seniors' Jeron Hamm and Jake Blanchard.
“(Hamm) has the good size, but also runs really well,” said coach Jeff Hall. “We're trying to do as much as we can to create mismatches with him. And (Blanchard) is another big receiver for us, so we'll try to really use that size in the passing game.”
Lexington is picked by the coaches to finish second in the district behind Davis, a program Hall has tried to emulate since taking over as head coach last season.
“Davis has a program that a lot of people look up to,” Hall said. “We've looked at their program and we're building ours focusing on how we can be like them. It's an example for the rest of us.”
COACHES PICK DAVIS
Davis dominated the district last season — going 6-0 while outscoring opponents by a combined score of 346-44.
Despite losing 17 starters, the Wolves are picked by the coaches to repeat as district champions.
The biggest reason may be FB/LB Braden Ruth, who lead the team in tackles last season. The senior will start at middle linebacker for a fourth straight season.
The Wolves were the state runner-up in 2012, with their only loss coming in the state championship game against Oklahoma Christian.
POWELL PLAYMAKER FOR COALGATE
Sophomore Odie Powell is expected to do a little bit of everything for Coalgate this season.
Powell racked up 1,218 all-purpose yards as the starting quarterback last season, but this season fellow sophomore Colby Jones will take over the quarterback duties. The change allows the 5-foot-6 Powell to be the Wildcats' primary running back while also spending time at receiver.
Powell and Jones will have the benefit of playing behind 6-foot-3, 280-pound senior lineman Tristan Williams.
Defensively, senior linebacker Ty Mowdy is the leading retuning tackler (78).
LOADED WITH LINEBACKERS
There is no shortage of talented linebackers throughout the district.
Davis' Ruth, who recorded 139 tackles last season, may be the best of the bunch. But a case could easily be made for Kingston junior Danny Charley, who had 103 tackles and 13 sacks as a sophomore.
At Coalgate, the defense is lead by a pair of linebackers in Mowdy and junior Ricco Belletini. Mowdy had 78 tackles, and Belletini registered five sacks last season.
Marietta also has key players at the position with seniors Ceasor Gomez and Ezequiel Sanchez.
District 2A-4 coaches' poll
1. Davis (14-1)
2. Lexington (7-3)
3. Kingston (5-6)
4. Coalgate (6-4)
5. Marietta (4-7)
6. Tishomingo (0-10)
7. Konawa (1-9)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses