Lincoln Christian will play its first season of Class 3A football this season in District 3A-7 after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2011 Class 2A playoffs.
The Bulldogs return quarterback Austin Grauer but lack experience on the offensive line. Lincoln Christian will have three new starters blocking for Grauer.
Grauer, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior, threw for over 2,800 yards and 31 touchdowns last season. Lincoln Christian coach Darren Melton said as Grauer performs, so perform the Bulldogs.
“He's a kid who's got a great hold on the offense,” Melton said. “He understands what we want to do. He understands coverage, very cerebral and understands the game. He's like having a coach on the field.”
SEQUOYAH-TALEQUAH'S BRAYDEN SCOTT LEADS TALENTED CLASS
Senior Brayden Scott received more than 12 scholarship offers during his career as at Sequoyah-Tahlequah before committing to play his college ball at Memphis in June.
Scott's father and Sequoyah-Tahlequah coach Brent Scott said Brayden has been so successful because Sequoyah-Tahlequah has depth and experience at many of its skill positions.
“He's a four-year starter and has done a tremendous job for us,” Brent Scott said. “Definitely a leader on the field. Definitely a guy you trust with the clock counting down. He's done some great things for us.”
HILLDALE DROPS DOWN
Hilldale will begin its season in Class 3A this season. The Hornets reached the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state playoffs last season before being ousted by Clinton.
Hilldale returns vital veterans from last year's nine-win team and could challenge for the district title.
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District 3A-7 coaches' poll
1. Lincoln Christian (11-2)
2. Sequoyah Tahlequah (7-3)
3. Hilldale (9-3)
4. Keys (Park Hill) (7-5)
5. Jay (5-6)
6. Locust Grove (2-8)
7. Westville (0-10)
Note: Last year's record in parentheses.