But those freshmen and sophomores are now one year older.
“We feel like we are a playoff team,” Speer said.
FRESHMAN TO LEAD VICTORY CHRISTIAN
Victory Christian lost to Seminole in the opening round of the playoffs last year, and the Conquerors will be young but talented again this season.
Coach Brent Marley is going to count on freshman Keats Calhoon at quarterback.
“Normally (starting a freshman) isn't a good thing, but we think he's got a tremendous upside,” Marley said. “He is skinny as a rail right now (6-2, 150 pounds) but he's got good feet. He will be a dual threat.”
Victory Christian is going to rely on mostly freshmen and sophomores at the skill positions. The offensive line, however, will be all seniors.
“If we do stay healthy, I feel we got a chance to be as good if not better than last season,” Marley said.
NEW COACHES IN OKMULGEE, INOLA
New coaches trying to resurrect their programs will be Kevin Gordon at Okmulgee and Brian Tinker at Inola.
Okmulgee was winless last season, while Inola was 2-8. Gordon had been the defensive coordinator at Tulsa East Central while Tinker was coach at Liberty-Mounds.
“We got to teach kids how to win,” Tinker said.
UNKNOWN IN KELLYVILLE
Kellyville only has one starter back from last season's 5-5 team.
“I hate to use the world rebuilding, but I don't know what else to say. I guess we are going to be rebuilding,” Kellyville head coach Kelly Anderson said. “This is the first time in my career I have gone into a season that I have no idea what I can or can't do.”
Kellyville's one returning starter, wide receiver/safety Presley Smith, is moving to quarterback on offense.
“He understands the game and what I want,” Anderson said. “He will be OK. He is going to have to help bring some kids along.”
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District 3A-6 Coaches' Poll
1. Beggs (10-2)
2, Victory Christian (7-4)
3. Morris (6-6)
4. Henryetta (1-9)
5. Okmulgee (0-10)
6. Inola (2-8)
7. Kellyville (5-5)
Note: Last season's records in parentheses