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District 2A-4 football notebook: Atoka quarterback’s numbers command attention

DAVID UBBEN Published: August 15, 2009
uot;They’ll finally be able to take a second step, which is really all you can ask for.”

The Wildcats will try to improve on last season’s 4-6 record with 18 returning starters, highlighted by quarterback/defensive back Dale Powell and running back/linebacker Shay Loudermilk, who finished last season with 105 tackles.

Coalgate opens their season Sept. 4 at home against Stratford.

New face at Plainview
Chris Berus is finally getting his chance. Berus’ first head coaching job will come at Plainview, a team headlined by three-year starter at running back, Lane Sprouse. Last season, the Indians were 9-2 and finished in a three-way tie for first in 2A-4 with Sulphur and Davis.

Berus will close his first season with the district’s two traditional powers, but first he’ll have to settle on a quarterback. Seniors Wes Davis and Blaine Elliott will compete for the job in preseason practices.

"We’re replacing a lot, but we’re going to focus on finding out what we do well early,” Berus said.