Plainview finished second to Purcell last season.
PANTHERS BRING BACK STRONG CORE
Pauls Valley, picked to finish third in the district, has eight starters returning on offense and nine on defense.
The Panthers' biggest asset is the returning skill position players, especially senior receiver Dewayne Sanders.
Sanders had 868 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving last season.
Pauls Valley also returns quarterback Joe Foster (1,756 passing yards) and running back J.C. Eyabi (812 rushing yards).
Dickson coach Jeremy Reed expects an improved offense after Drake Haggard moved from quarterback to running back late last season and Chris Bamburo, now a sophomore, took over at quarterback. ... Sulphur coach Jim Dixon enters the season having won 270 games in his 36 years as the head coach there.
District 3A-4 coaches' poll
1. Plainview (9-4)
2. Purcell (9-2)
3. Pauls Valley (5-6)
4. Madill (8-4)
5. Sulphur (4-6)
6. Lone Grove (4-6)
7. Dickson (3-7)
8. Atoka (4-6)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses