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District 5A-1 football preview: Lawton MacArthur players expect success

Lawton MacArthur's Brett Manning says his players expect to win. The Highlanders return standout wide receiver Gary McKnight and linebacker Mitch Fritts, who have received Division-I attention.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: August 1, 2013
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Lance Swanson played defensive back for Oklahoma from 1988 to 1990. But 2013 is his son's year. A wide receiver and safety, Swanson is a quiet player who leads by example, according to his coach Doug Wendel.

“He's an exceptionally hard working student athlete,” Wendel said. “He exemplifies what a student-athlete is supposed to be.”

In the offseason, Swanson has gained weight while improving his speed. He runs a 4.57 40-yard dash.

“He is an intelligent athlete from the standpoint of his understanding of the game gives him an edge,” Wendel said.

Swanson has been getting interest from OSU, Tulsa, North Texas, Memphis and Duke.

VANDERSYPEN PREPARES FOR FIRST SPARTAN SEASON

Chris Vandersypen is entering his second year as a head coach, but his first with Southeast High School — and so far, it's been a challenge.

While his team's strength lies in its skill positions, its weakness resides in his team's depth. The team ended last season with 29 players, and 14 of those have graduated.

The Spartans' new coach is looking to offensive guard Marguess Smith to have a standout season as a two-way player on the line.

EXTRA POINT

*Chickasha coach Tom Cobble feels like his team is more experienced this year, especially with senior quarterback Cade Morris and senior defensive tackle Oron Bowman, who showed their “work and commitment” during the offseason.

*After going 0-10 during the 2012 season, Capitol Hill senior tight end Marcus Williams will try to help the team to victory in its last season in Class 5A. The Redskins will spend the next five years rebuilding as an independent.

*Duncan's front seven on its defensive line will be completely new. While Demons' coach Jim Holloway also needs to replace his quarterback, he has “several really good prospects” in junior Mason Hightower and seniors Connor Kelly and Cody Hood.

District 5A-1 coaches' poll

1. MacArthur (8-3)

2. Del City (9-2)

T3. Ardmore (5-6)

T3. Duncan (6-5)

5. Altus (3-7)

6. Chickasha (4-6)

7. Southeast (2-8)

8. Capitol Hill (0-10)

Note: Last year's records in parentheses