District 2A-7's defensive player of the year is back for Nowata. Nose guard Skyler Wood is a 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior.
“He's back and he's faster and stronger than he was last year,” second-year Nowata coach Matt Hagebusch said. “We will look for him to really cause some problems inside.”
Along with Wood, the Ironmen bring back inside linebacker Seth Glasscock, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound junior who compiled 150 tackles last year.
“We expect Seth to kind of be the leader of that defense and make sure everybody's lined up where they're supposed to be,” Hagebusch said.
Offensively, Nowata returns senior Nate Moore, who accumulated almost 1,200 all-purpose yards last year. Moore will be joined by junior quarterback Wyatt Steigerwald, who already has 21 starts under his belt.
“He's been starting since he was a freshman,” Hagebusch said of Steigerwald. “He's a great leader for us, and we're going to put it on his shoulders to make everything happen for us.”
CANEY VALLEY BROTHERS LEAD THE WAY
Caney Valley coach Anthony Fogle is looking to a pair of brothers to lead the Trojans this season.
The brothers are Tristen and Troy Gagan. They will serve as the defensive and offensive leaders, respectively. Tristen is a four-year starter at middle linebacker. Troy, who played wide receiver last year, will make the switch to quarterback for his sophomore season.