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JAMES CORLEY Modified: August 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm •  Published: August 11, 2009
One of the biggest reasons is senior defensive end and right tackle Cole Johnson.

Johnson played wide receiver and safety as a freshman. He bulked up and learned to play defensive end the next year.

Johnson said he’d always wanted to be a receiver, so when he was asked to make the switch, he was a little upset.

"I just thought the line was an unskilled position,” he said. "But when I got down there, I learned how much skill and talent it really takes to be a lineman.”

Johnson said his speed and his size made him a formidable defensive end.

"Even if you’re a slow receiver, you’re going to become a fast defensive end,” coach Darren Melton said. "Cole learned to use his hands and be physical, and he’s done a great job making the transition.”

The race for second place in the District 2A-7 coaches’ poll was tight. Sperry and Nowata both finished the regular season 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the district. Verdigris finished 5-5 overall but 5-2 in district play.


Verdigris has 15 experienced seniors


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