It doesn't happen often that a team that went 1-9 the year before is thought of as a serious threat in the district.
Edmond Santa Fe and Stillwater both came up with big seasons in Class 6A last season after going 1-9 in 2010.
This year, though, many think Del City is going to be the team with a shot at a big turnaround.
The Eagles had a mostly inexperienced group of young starters a year ago as they won just one game in 6A.
Now, though, Del City returns nine offensive and eight defensive starters who are much more experienced, and the Eagles drop to Class 5A.
“We're a team that will make people leery,” Eagles coach Nick Warehime said. “We have what it takes, we just haven't done it yet. We'll have to see how that all comes together.”
Del City will be tested quickly, as its first four games features a pair of Class 5A powers sandwiched around a couple of the best 6A teams from the metro.
The Eagles start with Tulsa East Central at home before taking on Norman North, Midwest City and finally Lawton MacArthur on the road.
On offense, Corey Lawrence is one of the most explosive players in the state at any position.
He averaged 22 yards a reception last year before injuries cut his season short.
While Lawrence figures to primarily be used at receiver, he could also see time at running back when the situation dictates.
John McBride is back at quarterback after throwing for nearly 1,600 yards as a junior.
In addition to Lawrence, McBride's top targets figure to be receivers Mike Johnson and Jordan Hudson as well as tight end Terry Love.
Anthony Mason returns at running back after running for more than 1,000 yards last year.
On the line, Jake Warehime returns for his third year as a starter on a unit that figures to be better than it was a year ago.
Defensively, Love should be a big part of the front at defensive end after registering 57 tackles last season.
Markice McKane returns at linebacker, where he had 116 tackles as a junior.
The Eagles had a chance to be much better this season even without dropping to Class 5A, but the switch figures to give Del City a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in awhile.