Tishomingo looks to plug gap in offensive line
Tishomingo, which finished 2-8 last year, has a few holes to fill if they want to improve their record this season. The team is returning only two starters on its offensive line, something coach Mark Patterson called a challenge for the team.
"Some of the younger players are being called upon to be starters, because we're not that deep" he said. "But we have a few guys we feel pretty solid about."
Tackles Joshua Wright and Robert Jones, the line's lone returning starters, will have to step up, Patterson said.
"Those guys will have to be our leaders," he said.
The team's lack of depth has led Patterson to institute a new team policy.
"I made the declaration at football camp that it's against the rules to get hurt this season," he said.
Antlers coach looks to senior for leadership
Antlers coach Mike Zulkey hopes senior halfback Colton Maynard improves on an already-impressive career in his last season.
"He's going to be very important to us," Zulkey said of Maynard, who rushed for more than 1,100 yards last year. "If he goes down, that will definitely hurt us."
Maynard is one of just five seniors on the team, which finished 2-8 last season. Zulkey said he leads the team in more than rushing.
"He's a quiet leader, but kids look up to him," he said. "He works hard to improve his game."
Some areas where Maynard focused this summer were blocking and receiving.
"He's worked hard on the things he needs to do better," Zulkey said.
Davis rebuilds after 12-1 season
Davis advanced to the quarterfinals last season before losing to Lincoln Christian on a last-second field goal. This season, they return just three offensive and five defensive starters. Still, they are favored to win the district.
The team will turn to junior Cole Weber, who will take over the team's quarterbacking duties. He recorded 49 tackles and four interceptions as a safety last season.
The team also returns senior Justin Douglas, who led the Wolves with seven interceptions last year.
District 2A-4 Coaches' Poll 1. Davis (12-1) 2. Coalgate (5-5) 3. Tishomingo (2-8) 4. Kingston (0-10) 5. Marietta (2-8) 6. Konawa (4-5) 7. Antlers (2-8) 2009 record in parentheses