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District 2A-6 football notebook: Toughness key for Valliant

ROBERT PRZYBYLO Published: August 13, 2009

Wilburton finds silver lining
Injuries plagued Wilburton in coach Johnny Skimbo’s first season. But what hampered the team last year is giving it depth and experience this season.

The Diggers return 15 starters this season and also added wide receiver Ethan Nance, a transfer from Texas.

Sophomore Clay McAlester, 6-1 and 215 pounds, is one of those players that had to grow up fast. He started six games as a freshman and accumulated 56 tackles and five sacks. He will also play fullback.

Coaching carousel
There are three new coaches in the district. Chris Risenhoover is at Stigler after previously coaching Miami. Mike Zulkey is replacing Scott Schier at Antlers and Wayne Morton is taking over for Mike Davidson at Panama.

Extra points
Hartshorne, led by senior quarterback Ross Rose, was picked as the team to beat in the district. … Heavener will be paced by senior Dustin Smittle, who will play both quarterback and free safety for the Wolves.