The Golden Tigers might be black and gold in their uniforms, but the left side of their offensive line will be Blue.
Jordan and Caleb Blue are Talihina's senior left guard and left tackle, respectively. Jordan, 6-foot and 250 pounds, is a four-year starter. Caleb, 6-foot and 255 pounds, is a three-year starter. The key to this season, said Golden Tigers coach Kelly Gravitt, will be to stay healthy.
Talihina returns nine starters on both sides of the ball.
CENTRAL SALLISAW'S LEADER, LINE AND ... KICKER?
Central Sallisaw will return eight starters on both sides of the ball, including a veteran offensive line.
Right tackle Connor James, left tackle Winterhawk Gremmitt and center Bryton Hayden are seniors and three-year starters. They will be who Tigers coach Jeremy Thompson said he looks to lead the team, along with four-year starting quarterback Aaron Bush. He threw for more than 1,100 yards last season.
But that's not it. The Tigers also have a strong punter/kicker. Blake Pierce averaged 41 yards per punt last season. He was also named a four-star kicker by the Kohl's Kicking Camp.
SAVANNA'S STRENGTH IN BACKFIELD
Savanna coach James Bond knows his team's strengths. It lies in the Bulldog's backfield.
The key, Bond said, will be four running backs Christian Preston, Hunter Needham, Chase Woods and Ryan Weeks.
“All four of those guys are physical runners,” Bond said.
The Bulldogs have three returning starters on their offensive line and seven total starters on offense.
CANADIAN'S FANTASTIC FOUR
Canadian's superhero team will come in the shape of two seniors and two juniors. Those four are the Cougars' only returning starters.
Those four are 5-10, 150-pound senior outside linebacker and wide receiver David Gaylor; 6-foot, 165-pound senior quarterback and outside linebacker Caleb Jarrett; 5-9, 160-pound junior middle linebacker and right guard Jacob Motley; and 6-foot, 190-pound junior defensive end and right tackle Nick Christian.