District 4A-3 football preview: Wagoner's Devin Hawkins working toward return

Wagoner senior Lawrence Evitt, one of the state's best running backs, will likely have some help in the backfield this season with the return of Devin Hawkins.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 6, 2013
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But instead of catching passes, he'll be playing quarterback this season. Hornets coach Duwayne King, who is Zac's father, switched him back to the position he played as a freshman.

“We're going to run the triple option,” the elder King said. “He's the best bet at quarterback to make that happen.”

King had 37 catches last season after tying the school's single-season records with 56 catches a sophomore.

OOLOGAH'S SHOT-PUTTING LINEMAN

Tyler Base can bench 300 pounds, squat over 400 pounds and dead lift just about 500 pounds. That strength helped him rack up 72 pancakes last season.

So it makes sense that the 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior is a three-year starter at Oologah on the offensive and defensive lines.

He's being recruited by Division-I universities like New Mexico, Tulsa, North Texas and Lousiana-Monroe.

If all that doesn't speak enough to his strength, Base finished third at the state track meet in shot put in the spring.

EXTRA POINTS

*Tulsa McLain returns an impressive pair of two-way seniors. Wide receiver/defensive back Nigel Carter had 652 yards for nine touchdowns last season. Carter is committed to Tulsa. Senior Bishop Louie, who's also a wide receiver/defensive back, had 764 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Louie is being recruited by North Texas, Central Arkansas and Ohio.

*New Miami athletic director and football coach James Cheetham is looking for his team to get comfortable with two new systems: a spread up-tempo offense and a 4-2-5 attacking defense. The Wardogs went 0-10 for the first time in program history last season.

District 4A-3 coaches' poll

T1. Wagoner (11-2)

T1. Catoosa (5-6)

3. Oologah (6-5)

4. Tulsa McLain (7-3)

5. Cleveland (9-3)

6. Vinita (3-7)

7. Miami (0-10)

8. Tulsa Webster (1-9)

Note: Last season's records in parentheses.


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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