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

Foster tore ligaments in his ankle while playing basketball in late May.

“I went up for a rebound and just came down on it wrong and rolled it,” Foster said. “I was in a boot and crutches while the ligaments heal back together. There is a little bit of pain now, but it's getting better.”

Foster started practicing with the team Wednesday and expects to be ready for Piedmont's season opener.

One person who is eager to see Foster back to full strength is new Wildcats quarterback Darrius Burris.

“When he comes back, it's going to be a one-two combo with that fade route,” Burris said.

CLINTON PICKED TO WIN

Both teams picked atop the district have huge holes to fill.

Anadarko returns just two offensive and four defensive starters from last season.

Clinton, the team picked to win the district, didn't fare much better.

The Red Tornadoes have just three offensive and four defensive starters back from last season's 12-2 team.

But Clinton has a talented group coming up that, while it needs experience, figures to be very good if it stays intact through the season.

Clinton's top returner is junior wide receiver/defensive back Devon Mitchell, who had nine interceptions a year ago.

The Red Tornadoes also have a formidable line that includes junior Grant Lee (6-foot-2, 280 pounds) on both sides.


by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
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
Reporter
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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