The Buffs will have a new starting quarterback in senior Ryan Debo
(6-0, 200) but he will be far from an unfamiliar face having been a three-year starter at tight end and outside linebacker.
"I think (Debo) might be an upgrade over last year,” Williamson said. "He is smart, well-rounded and a very tough kid. His linebacker’s mentality will translate well to the quarterback position. I like this team a lot and I am lucky to be in this position.”
Checotah looks to overcome losses
Checotah went 10-0 in the regular season and finished 11-1 but lost 12 starters and is looking to reload rather than rebuild.
"We graduated a ton of guys but I think we have a good nucleus coming back,” coach Brandon Turley
said. "We have a good chance to repeat.”
One of the reasons for Turley’s confidence is the return of Chris Carr
(5-9, 180) at running back, arguably the top player in the district. Turley said Carr "opened a lot of eyes this summer at OU’s camp,” and he has a penchant for making big plays when the Wildcats need one.
"He’s a heck of an athlete with tremendous speed and vision,” Turley said. "Put the ball in his hands on a Friday night and he’s going to do something special with it.”
By Ryan Stewart