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District 5A-3 football preview: Shawnee has a talented group of receivers

Theo Berry is receiving interest from Division I schools. Wolf Kienzle moves from quarterback to receiver. And Kendall Gilbert is a gifted 6-foot-3 junior who lines up wide.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 23, 2012
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The offense will rely on multiple young running backs who gained valuable experience last season.

TULSA KELLEY RELYING ON LINEBACKERS

Coach J.J. Tappana can't hide his excitement when he starts talking about his linebackers, Andrew McNulty and Dakota Stowe, who will anchor the Comets defense this season.

“They're as good a tandem of linebackers as I've had,” he said. “We probably have seven three-year starters in the linebacker and defensive back positions, so we're excited about that group.”

PETERS TAKES OVER TULSA HALE

Pauls Valley native Tony Peters, who helped Oklahoma to the 1974 national championship and won a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins, takes over at Tulsa Hale.

Peters, who has been with Tulsa Public Schools since 2002, previously coached at Muskogee and Sapulpa.

He replaces another former Sooner, Anthony Fogle, who resigned in January after three seasons.

DURANT EXPECTS BIG THINGS OF DIESSNER

After he ran for around 1,100 yards last season and recorded five interceptions, the expectations are high on Durant senior Dakota Diessner.

Lions coach Byron Cordell expects the 5-11, 185-pound Diessner to shoulder much of the load behind an inexperienced offensive line.

Diessner gives Cordell some versatility. Diessner can line up as a wide receiver or at running back.

WOOD LEADS NOBLE RETURNERS

Senior running back Jimmy Wood is one of eight offensive starters back for Noble this season as the Bears try to rebound from a 2-8 mark.

Wood ran for 974 yards last season, averaging nearly six yards per carry.

He figures to benefit from an offensive line that returns largely intact.

The Bears have plenty of starters back on defense, with seven returners.

By Scott Wright and Ryan Aber

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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District 5A-3 coaches' poll

1. McAlester (12-1)

2. Tulsa Kelley (8-3)

3. Shawnee (1-9)

4. Durant (5-6)

5. Skiatook (4-5)

6. Tulsa Memorial (3-6)

7. Noble (2-8)

8. Tulsa Hale (0-9)

Note: Last season's records in parentheses

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