Because of a decline in numbers, Cement has decided to forfeit its season, according to the Lawton Constitution.
The Bulldogs went 4-5 last season, a nice turnaround after going 0-9 in 2011 and 2-7 in 2010.
But they were facing this season with just eight players after beginning the preseason with 13.
The Lawton Constitution reported that the decision was made Wednesday by the players and school administration.
First-year coach Zach Josey told the paper, “Stuff like this happens at small schools sometimes.”
He will remain on staff as the middle school football coach.
The Bulldogs were picked to finish seventh in the District C-2 coaches' poll.
TIPTON FAVORITE AGAIN
Coming off a Class C state championship in 2012, Tipton enters this season as the coaches' favorite to win the district.
The Tigers return defensive line standouts Josh Danna and Junior Guerrero on a unit that shut out 11 opponents on the way to a 14-0 record last season.
The biggest void to fill is at running back with the graduation of Josh Torres, who accounted for 1,786 all-purpose yards and 32 touchdowns last season.
“We've got four backs very capable of taking Torres' place,” coach Jim Kerbo said. “Competition is always good, but we'll have a bunch of guys capable of filling that spot.”
Senior Antonio Leyja and junior Bryant Flores are expected to get the majority of the carries at running back with Torres gone.
Junior quarterback Gerald White will also be a focal point of the offense. White threw for 1,077 yards and 17 touchdowns with only three interceptions as a sophomore.
EXPERIENCE BACK AT GRANDFIELD
Grandfield has just three holes to fill with 13 starters back after going 4-5 last season.
Leading the way for the offense will be sophomore Jahred Lopez, who rushed for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman.
The defense will be anchored by senior defensive ends John Jackson and Fili Hernandez.
The Bearcats will also have the benefit of a familiar system, with coach William Dickey Sr. entering his second season at the school.
PENNER DOES IT ALL FOR CBA
Corn Bible Academy senior Jay Penner returns as one of the top playmakers in the district.
The four-year starter will do a little bit of everything for the Crusaders while lining up at receiver and running back. Penner also stars on defense at linebacker, recording over 100 tackles in each of the past two seasons.
Penner led the Crusaders in receiving yards (991) and tackles (143) last season.
District C-2 coaches' poll
1. Tipton (14-0)
2. Ryan (9-2)
3. Temple (6-5)
4. Grandfield (4-5)
5. Mountain View-Gotebo (2-8)
6. Corn Bible Academy (6-5)
7. Duke (1-8)
8. Gracemont (0-10)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses