Class 3A preseason rankings: Blanchard, Kingfisher and Seminole start season ranked on top

by Scott Wright and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 25, 2013

1. Blanchard (13-1)

Will last year's state champs fall victim to the wide-open class that is 3A?

2. Kingfisher (14-1)

The team that was heavily favored last year made it to the state title game but lost and comes back this year for another shot.

3. Seminole (12-1)

The Chieftains were unstoppable last season until they met Kingfisher.

4. Heritage Hall (8-4)

Wes Welker is doing big things in the NFL, and so is his alma mater. Led by quarterback Connor McGinnis, the Chargers are set to make a deep run in the playoffs.

5. Tuttle (10-2)

The only team to beat last year's state champion starts off in a good position to make a run.

6. Victory Christian (10-1)

Keats Calhoon, Keats Calhoon and more Keats Calhoon. The quarterback threw for 2,577 yards and 18 TDs as a freshman last season.

7. Cushing (8-3)

Could running back Gage Stallworth rush for even more than the 2,500 yards he piled up last season?

8. Berryhill (9-2)

DE/TE Jeremy Smith, who has committed to Tulsa, could have an even bigger year after finishing last season with 140 tackles and five sacks.

9. Metro Christian (10-3)

Will host Berryhill in what could be a crucial Week 10 matchup.

10. Sequoyah-Claremore (7-6)

The Eagles are looking to improve on last year's run to the state quarterfinals.

11. Jones (11-3)

The Longhorns deal with losing David Cornwell, one of the top QB recruits in the country, after he transferred to Norman North.

12. Bristow (7-4)

The Pirates have high expectations with Brett Jones taking over as coach.

13. Stigler (10-3)

The Panthers look for their third-straight 10-win season

14. Plainview (9-3)

Look to second-year starter Taber Jordan to launch the Indians through the season with his arm.

15. Lincoln Christian (7-4)

After being sidelined because of injury, TE/WR/LB Tim Schwoegler is back to help his team.

16. Hilldale (11-2)

A favorite by the coaches to be the best in their district.

17. Sequoyah-Tahlequah (0-10*)

The Indians grow under new coach Shane Richardson.

18. Beggs (6-5)

New coach Lee Blankenship will lead the Demons after a subpar 2012 season.

19. Purcell (4-6)

New coach Greg Willis is hoping to restore the Dragons' winning tradition.

20. Bethany (4-6)

The Bronchos try to improve on a 1-5 district record from last season.

21. Dewey (5-5)

Can RB/DB Jared Fink get the Bulldogs over the .500 mark in 2013?

22. Roland (9-3)

Returns talented two-way starter Austin Cantrell at TE and DE.

23. Madill (11-1)

After losing 21 to graduation, the young Wildcats could struggle early.

24. Perkins-Tryon (5-6)

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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