The 2012 state runner-up Wynnewood Savages return seven starters on offense and defense.
One of those starters is a two-way player, left tackle and defensive tackle Levi Allen.
Savages coach Brad O'Steen called Allen a “hot motor” for his aggressive style of football.
Allen is a 6-foot-1, 294-pound senior. He is being recruited by New Mexico, Memphis, Central Oklahoma, Northwestern State and Pitt State (Kan.).
O'Steen called Allen a “dominant lineman who has done a really great job for us blocking defensively. He does a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage.”
CADDO'S STRENGTH IN SENIORS
Caddo's strength this season will be in its skill positions, but it will be strong on the line, too.
The Bruins, who are loaded with seniors like running back and linebacker Tanner Grace and OL/DL Virgle Mincher.
Grace is a 5-10, 180-pound three-year starter who amassed 155 carries for 933 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Mincher, 6-2, 215 pounds, is a four-year starter who made 61 tackles last season.
The Bruins return seven starters on offense and six starters on defense.
WAYNE'S LOUDEN JOHNSON IS A LEADER
Louden Johnson, one of the state's top running backs, is a senior. He will be a four-year starter. Johnson rushed for 1,500 yards last season. He also compiled more than 300 career tackles, leading the team every season since his freshman year.
He's also the kid, Wayne coach Brandon Sharp said, that others in the school, not just football players, look toward.
Johnson is that kid the front office calls when a student in middle school is struggling with math and needs a tutor.
“He has one of those attitudes that kids respond real well to,” Sharp said. “They're not intimidated by him. And he's not, ‘Look at me. I'm a big football player.' He just loves to tutor and help younger kids out at school.”
Johnson himself knows how important school is, especially to earning a scholarship.
Johnson is being recruited by Rice and Northwestern. He has already received an offer from East Central.
WEWOKA'S FOUR-YEAR STATER: BRYTON WASHINGTON
Bryton Washington has done a little bit of everything for Wewoka.
As a linebacker, he led the team in tackles as a freshman. As a running back, he lead the team in rushing as a sophomore. Last season, he moved to quarterback, but still rushed for 2,800 yards.
Washington is being recruited by Tulsa, Tennessee, Kansas, Northeastern State, East Central and Oklahoma Baptist.
This season will be his fourth year as a starter.
Maysville will return 11 starters on offense and defense, including offensive and defensive lineman Bryce Jensen, a two-year starter, and Dakota Henry, a tight end and defensive lineman who is also a two-year starter.
With eight returning starters back on both sides of the ball, Elmore City coach Sam Sharp knows his best experience comes on the line. In the backfield, he'll look to 5-9, 165-pound senior tailback Edgar Gonzales. “He's a pretty speedy back,” Sharp said.
District A-5 coaches' poll
1. Wynnewood (13-1)
2. Wayne (11-2)
3. Wewoka (7-4)
T4. Elmore City (7-5)
T4. Stratford (5-5)
6. Caddo (4-5)
7. Maysville (1-9)
NOTE: All records are from previous season