While most teams promote skill-position players in the preseason, Tecumseh coach Greg George points to his offensive and defensive lines as the team’s strong point. George said his offensive and defensive fronts are stocked with experienced talent. Overall, the team has six starters back on offense and defense. Among the standouts on the line, Hunter Montgomery, a 5-foot-9, 250-pounder, starts at guard and defensive tackle. Garrett Matlock, 6-0, 275, starts at tackle on both sides of the ball. Colten Williams (6-0, 230) anchors the offensive line from his center spot.
GLENPOOL STILL THE FAVORITEAlthough 15 starters are gone from last season’s state championship team, Glenpool remains the pick in District 4A-2. Star Spencer got a lot of respect in the coaches’ voting as well. The Bobcats, who were 9-3 a year ago, were picked by two coaches as the No. 1 team in the league. Outside of the top two spots, Seminole and McLoud each got votes for third place.
TOP BACKS RESIDE IN 4A-2District 4A-2 is top-heavy with talented RBs and might have the best two in all of Class 4A. Glenpool senior Marco Nelson (6-0, 190 pounds) and Star Spencer senior Darren Rideau (6-0, 210) each are 1,000-yard rushers who are getting Division I-A recruiting attention. Nelson ran for 1,437 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. Rideau had 1,250 yards. Other standout runners in the district include Seminole’s Tristen Johnson, Mannford’s Patrick Garner and Cushing’s Martinez McKinney.
District 4A-2 coaches’ poll→1. Glenpool (14-0) →2. Star Spencer (9-3) →3. Seminole (5-6) →4. McLoud (7-4) →5. Tecumseh (3-7) →6. Cleveland (3-7) →7. Mannford (2-8) →8. Cushing (1-9)