Washington and Lindsay have each lost a total of three district games the past two seasons, and have each finished in second place behind Bridge Creek — Lindsay in 2009 and Washington in 2008. Bridge Creek has moved up to Class 3A this season.
Lindsay returns 12 starters from last year's team, and was picked to win District 2A-3 by its coaches.
"Our experience up front is a cause for concern," Lindsay coach Tom Ferguson said. "Our receivers and secondary are definitely our strength."
Treat smart on field and in classroom
A team's quarterback is supposed to be the smartest player on the field because of the quick decisions he has to make throughout a game. Washington's Dakota Treat takes that intelligence into the classroom, as well.
Treat, who scored a 32 on his ACT, is being recruited by Ivy League schools Brown and Dartmouth.
"He's a great leader and quarterback that runs the option well," Washington coach Brad Beller said.
Treat (6-foot, 180 pounds) plays safety on defense.
Frederick keeps improving
Frederick's 5-5 season last year was a drastic improvement for a team that won three total games the previous two seasons.
"I think we will have a vastly improved group than last year," third-year coach Hugh Farmer said. "We have a lot of kids coming back and that have worked really hard this summer."
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District 2A-3 coaches' Poll
1. Lindsay (7-5)
2. Washington (7-5)
3. Frederick (5-5)
4. Hobart (4-7)
5. Comanche (4-6)
6. Cordell* (9-3)
7. St. Mary* (3-7)
8. Walters* (1-9)
*Denotes new school to district
Note:2009 records in parentheses