District 4A-3 football preview: Wagoner's Roman Rodriguez, K.J. Lee hope to fill void at running back

Lawrence Evitt was the bulk of Wagoner's offensive production during the defending District 4A-3 champions’ run to the 4A semifinal game last year. Senior Roman Rodriguez and sophomore K.J. Lee are expected to be key contributors in the running game this season.
BY JONATHAN GRECO, Staff Writer Published: August 5, 2014
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Lawrence Evitt was the bulk of Wagoner's offensive production during the defending District 4A-3 champions’ run to the 4A semifinal game last year. He ran for 2,641 yards and 31 touchdowns and averaged 203.2 rushing yards per game, helping him earn a spot at Central Oklahoma.

Coming into 2014, Bulldogs coach Dale Condict will have to find a new workhorse for his run-heavy offense. But the load will not fall on just one running back’s shoulders, Condict said.

Senior Roman Rodriguez and sophomore K.J. Lee are expected to be key contributors in the running game. Rodriguez averaged 7.5 yards per carry and had six touchdowns last season, and Lee ran for 243 yards on 35 attempts during his freshman year.

CASCIA HALL LIKES BEING THE NEW THREAT IN THE NEW DISTRICT

The Commandos are the new guys on the block for District 4A-3, which also makes them the new threat on the block.

Multiple coaches have Cascia Hall, who finished second in District 4A-4 last season, listed near the top of their district coaches’ polls. And Cascia Hall coach Joe Medina likes that despite knowing how tough a task his team faces in winning this year’s district title.

“I think there’s a lot of respect there for our program,” Medina said. “There’s always going to be pressure in a competitive business as we’re in.

“I like that situation. I like to be the marked team.”

FATHER-SON COMBINATION LOOKING TO GET OOLOGAH OVER THE HUMP

Oologah has finished second in the district for three straight years, and coach Brandon Craig and his son look to get over that hurdle after having a busy summer.

Senior Payton Craig enters his third season running his father’s offense following a year in which he found success as a dual-threat quarterback. He totaled 1,939 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013.

While the summer has been focused on improving and the Mustangs building toward a district title, the past few months have been a busy one for the Craig father and son. Brandon and Payton drove around the country making many college visits, including to SMU, North Texas, Louisiana-Monroe, Missouri State and Air Force, Brandon said.

“We’ve had a lot of road time together,” Brandon said. “It’s a process we’re going through. Sometimes it’s nice; sometimes it’s brutal. You get told some things you don’t want to hear, but it’s a good process to be going through.”

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