District 4A-1 preview: Anadarko embraces class

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Jacob Unruh Published: August 21, 2012
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photo - CELEBRATE / CELEBRATION: Anadarko's Sheldon Wilson holds the championship trophy after winning the Class 3A high school football state championship game between Cascia Hall and Anadarko 35-18 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
CELEBRATE / CELEBRATION: Anadarko's Sheldon Wilson holds the championship trophy after winning the Class 3A high school football state championship game between Cascia Hall and Anadarko 35-18 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Anadarko moves to Class 4A this season, but after losing 17 starters from last season's Class 3A state championship team, the transition may be challenging.

But coach Kent Jackson is embracing it.

“Everybody talks about 4A, and I know it's a bigger class, but really more important to us is who you play,” he said. “It's not the class, it's what district you're in. We're going to face a lot of tradition-rich schools that a lot of other 4A districts don't have.

“If you look at the four 4A districts, ours is the most successful by far. I told our guys years ago, if we're going to be an established program we're going to have to beat the good teams — the Clintons, the Weatherfords, the Tuttles — and we've done that the last four years.”

Anadarko has been in Class 4A before and is very familiar with teams in its district, which leads to little surprises.

But Jackson knows how special last season was and the likelihood of an exact repeat of that.

“Having a team like last year, you can't expect to have that every year,” he said. “Even the great programs … that was just a special bunch, but we feel like we've turned the corner in attitude and work ethic years ago, way before last year and the year before that. Now we're seeing the fruits of it having some good groups coming back-to-back-to-back, and we're banking on that to make us successful this year.”

FOSTER EXPECTED TO BE READY

Piedmont wide receiver Christian Foster, who had 952 receiving yards last year, missed the Wildcats' scrimmage Friday night against Kingfisher because he is nursing an ankle injury.

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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District 4A-1 coaches' poll

1. Clinton (12-2)

2. Anadarko (15-0)

3. Weatherford (6-5)

4. Piedmont (6-5)

5. Elk City (6-4)

6. Woodward (6-6)

7. Elgin (4-6)

8. Cache (1-9)

Note: Last year's records in parentheses

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