1. Defending champion Blanchard was ranked No. 20 last preseason. Could another sleeper sneak in and win it all this year?
It's possible. But it will be even more difficult this year, with more depth at the top of the class. Not only is Blanchard strong again, and motivated to defend its title, but powerhouse programs such as Kingfisher, Seminole and Tuttle are strong again. Heritage Hall is returning to form, and Victory Christian's young talent is gaining experience. Berryhill and Cushing have stars who can make them title contenders.
2. Which district will be the toughest in 3A?
There are a few to choose from. Last year's dominant district, 3A-1, will be strong again with defending state champ Blanchard, Tuttle and Jones leading the way. Kingfisher and Heritage Hall make 3A-3 strong at the top, while Newcastle, Star Spencer and John Marshall will all be improved. The district that looks the scariest on paper is 3A-5. Berryhill, Metro Christian and Sequoyah-Claremore all have the talent to contend for the title.
3. Who will lead Class 3A in rushing?
Take your pick. The class is loaded with returning stars, from Gage Stallworth at Cushing and Landon Nault at Kingfisher, to Blanchard's Braden Stringer and Seminole's Papi White. Tuttle's Jesse Gregory had more than 1,400 yards while splitting carries much of the year. Plainview's Taber Jordan and Austin Carerra each averaged over eight yards per carry, but neither had more than 134 attempts. And there are a half-dozen others in the class who were in the 1,000-yard range last year. This class has more good running backs than any other.