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District 5A-3 football preview: McAlester switching back to Dalton Wood at quarterback

Dalton Wood is returning to the quarterback position after missing most of last season after being diagnosed with a heart condition. Caden Pratt will move back to wide receiver.
by Ed Godfrey Published: August 3, 2013
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photo - McAlester's Caden Pratt scrambles past Deer Creek's Jake Khoussine during a high school football playoff game at Deer Creek, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
McAlester's Caden Pratt scrambles past Deer Creek's Jake Khoussine during a high school football playoff game at Deer Creek, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“I really expect them to do good things,” Brown said.

Brown predicts senior running back Dillon Dutton (5-9, 180) will have a great season for the Wolves.

“He is not very big but pound-for-pound he is probably the strongest kid we have,” Brown said.

Junior quarterback John Jacobs (6-2, 215) also is a running threat.

Brown thinks the Wolves can contend for a district championship this season.

“It will be there for us if we stay healthy and get better like everybody has to do, but the potential is there definitely,” he said.

DURANT LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK

Durant is hoping to rebound from a miserable 2-8 season when nothing seemed to go right.

“We just struggled in a lot of ways,” Durant coach Byron Cordell said. “We had a bunch of injuries.”

Last season was only the second in Cordell's seven years at Durant that the Lions missed the playoffs. This season, Cordell expects the Lions to be better despite having a senior class of only 13 players, the smallest in his tenure.

“It's a small senior class but very talented,” he said. “Nearly every one of them will start for us.”

Durant will be led by senior quarterback Zach Carter, who threw for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns last season despite “running for his life all year,” Cordell said.

Carter, who also started seven games as a sophomore, will become the leading passer in school history this season barring injury, Cordell said.

Carter has a talented receiving corps in seniors Brandon Maynard, Billy Lewis and sophomore tight end Layton Tubbs, son of Durant athletic director Tony Tubbs, who played collegiately at Baylor.

Most of the Lions' linemen are unproven, but Cordell says Blaise Gorses (6-2, 230) is a player to watch.

Gorses, who lives on a dairy farm 45 minutes from Durant, was homeschooled and didn't play football until high school but keeps improving, Cordell said.

“He is very talented and just tougher than a boot,” Cordell said.

District 5A-3 Coaches' Poll

1. McAlester (8-5)

2. Tulsa Kelley (9-3)

3. Shawnee (5-6)

4. Tulsa Memorial (8-3)

5. Durant (2-8)

6. Noble (5-5)

7. Skiatook (1-9)

8. Tulsa Hale (2-8)

Note: Last year's records in parentheses.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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