Rejoice Christian hasn't messed around since joining the OSSAA for the 2012 season. The Eagles went 11-2 a year ago, and now are viewed as a serious contender in Class B.
The District B-3 coaches voted them the overwhelming favorite for the district crown after the Eagles logged eight shutouts a year ago. The Owasso-based school is No. 4 in The Oklahoman's preseason Class B rankings.
Fourth-year starter Taylor Wise leads the offense at quarterback once again, with Jace Sanchez returning after rushing for more than 1,200 yards at running back.
COYLE'S WEATHERS BACK AT QB
Coyle quarterback Ryan Weathers is back in charge of the offense after guiding the team to an 8-3 record a year ago.
The Bluejackets have been a playoff regular in recent years, and look to get back there again — with hopes of possibly hosting a postseason game on their own field.
For the first time in school history, Coyle will play games on its own campus at a newly constructed stadium. The Bluejackets had been playing home games at Langston University for several years.
WELCH TO RELY ON DODSON
Welch doesn't have a ton of returning starters, but the Wildcats have a solid foundation to build on with senior Tra Dodson.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior is a three-year starter at quarterback and defensive back for Welch. Senior Cade Dodson returns at tight end and defensive end, and Cody Schultz is a two-year starter at center.
The run game will be in the hands of 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior Josh Orler.
OAKS GROWING UP
Oaks returns six starters on each side of the ball, though it's a young group. Lineman Preston Cooper is one of the only seniors in the bunch, with sophomore Trent Osborn under center.
Junior Shae Tucker, 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, anchors the offensive line at center.
District B-3 coaches' poll
1. Rejoice Christian (11-2)
2. Woodland (7-3)
3. Coyle (8-3)
4. South Coffeyville (5-5)
5. Welch (6-5)
6. Agra (6-4)
7. Oaks (4-6)
8. Watts (1-9)
9. Copan (1-9)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses