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.
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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