Coaches weren't necessarily sure about what the order the three teams would end up in, but they were pretty confident about who is the cream of the crop in 2A-5.
Morris just edged out Stroud and Okemah as the early district favorite, and almost all coaches had the three ranked in the top three of the district.
The Eagles, coached by Larry Crenshaw, were 7-5 last year, and quarterback Hayden Sharp proved to be more than capable of running the Wing-T offense. Sharp threw for almost 1,400 yards last season.
Meeker looking to build off momentum
It was looking bleak for the Meeker program a couple of years ago, but coach Mike Hedge has things back on track.
Following back-to-back one-win seasons, the Bulldogs were back into the playoffs last year.
Hedge said Tyler Jones is going to play a big role for the team. After spending some time at quarterback last year, Jones will be in his more comfortable spot of running back.
"He's a playmaker who can do a little bit of everything," Hedge said. "I was proud of how hard our kids worked last year. Our physicality is always going to be our strength."
Tigers moving on up
Stroud is one of many teams making the jump from Class A to 2A, but coach Chris Elerick has one reason to be optimistic.
Despite the Tigers only returning six starters from last year's group that reached the Class A championship, most of them are on the offensive line.
One player Elerick said should play a huge role is senior Devin Taylor, a two-way starter at tight end and linebacker.
Stroud will be welcomed to the district in a Week 4 battle against Morris.
Pendergraft leading Haskell charge
For a team that was only 2-8 last year, Haskell coach Mike Gaston is extremely excited about the group of kids he has coming back.
Paving the way will be senior Jordan Pendergraft, who will be entering his fourth year as a starter.
"He's a threat to run or pass, gives us a lot of versatility," Gaston said. "He also had more than 100 tackles on defense last year."
Gaston was in his first year at Haskell last year after having spent 14 years in Texas. Not only is he more comfortable, but the players are, too. The Haymakers have 19 returning starters.
Holdenville is another team bringing back plenty of starters as the Wolverines have 20 returning from last year, including wide receiver and defensive back Denzel Hughes. ...Mounds coach Jerry Henderson said quarterback Ryan Laws is the toughest player on his team. Laws was the team's leading rusher.
District 2A-5 Coaches' poll
1. Morris (7-5)
2. Stroud (14-1)*
3. Okemah (6-4)
4. Meeker (6-5)*
5. Holdenville (3-7)
6. Mounds (0-10)*
7. Haskell (2-8)*
* Denotes new to district
2009 record in parentheses