Metro Christian has big shoes to fill at the quarterback position with the graduation of Matt Woolslayer.
But whoever wins the three-player competition — between juniors Alex Schmitz and Justin Harrell, and sophomore Abe Anderson — will have the benefit of playing with plenty of talent around them.
“Our receiver depth and running back depth is phenomenal,” said coach Jared McCoy. “I think we're a legit two-deep and maybe even three-deep in some places there.”
Leading the way in the Patriots' deep receiving corps is Danny Burke. The senior caught passes for 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012.
Defensively, the Patriots will be led by linebacker Hayden Hillenburg, who racked up 154 tackles last season.
MONIZ OUT INDEFINITELY FOR SEQ.-CLAREMORE
Sequoyah-Claremore quarterback Daniel Moniz lead the Eagles on a surprise run to the Class 3A quarterfinals last season.
After tearing an ACL in his knee this summer, the senior will begin this season on the sideline. Moniz, a dual-threat talent, passed for over 1,500 yards and rushed for over 1,700 last season.
“I'm very confident that Daniel is going to play, but I'm not sure when,” said coach Jody Iams. “He's way ahead of schedule and it's amazing the things they can do now, so we'll see.
“Our schedule helps because in our first five games we only have one district game. If he's not playing by the sixth game then something has happened and he's not going to play. I would never want to do anything to jeopardize his future.”