Class 4A high school football: Three questions for the season

Is Clinton the clear favorite? Find out the answer to that and two more questions about the season.
by Scott Wright Published: August 25, 2013
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1. Is Clinton the clear preseason favorite?

As the defending champion — and with several key playmakers returning — the Red Tornadoes are widely viewed as the team to beat in Class 4A, but there's not a large margin separating Clinton from the other top challengers.


Anadarko knocked off the Reds in district play last season, and has a strong group of skill players back. Meanwhile, Wagoner, Ada and Douglass all have the talent to be considered serious contenders for the title. And don't forget about lurkers like Cascia Hall and Fort Gibson, sitting just outside the top five with the players to make a run.

2. Is there an under-the-radar player who could be a surprise star this year?

Meet Joseph Wood, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound McLoud quarterback.

You'd probably already know him a little better if it wasn't for a torn ACL that ended his sophomore season before it began in the summer of 2011. He came back from it to have a productive junior year, but the versatile and athletic Wood is ready for a breakout senior campaign.

He led the Redskins to the playoffs last year, and has a strong offensive line to block for him, along with some experienced receivers to throw to.

3. Can Wagoner RB Lawrence Evitt break the 3,000-yard mark this year?

There's no reason to think he couldn't, after coming up 20 yards short last season. Evitt will never have to look far to find his doubters because of his 5-foot-7, 165-pound frame. And defenses will be keying on him even more this year after his breakout season.

Will he get to 3,000? Maybe not. Will he add to his already impressive highlight reel with more jaw-dropping runs? Absolutely.


by Scott Wright
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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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