District 5A-4 football notebook: McAlester poised to rebound; East Central wants more

RYAN STEWART Published: August 27, 2009
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221; Hill was high on senior corner Steven Daniels (5-11, 170), too. The Cards have wide receiver Keith Ross, who could be one of the best in the state despite a small stature at 5-9, 165.

BURCHAM PLEASED WITH TURNOUT
Coweta lost 11 starters from last season’s district title team, but it helped build the foundation for future Tiger teams with interest buzzing around the program at all levels.

Coach Bubba Burcham said the undefeated district run and a 9-3 season has had a significant impact with player turnout and interest in the junior high program.

"It benefited us big time,” Burcham said. "You see the success, and interest builds. It excites me to see the young kids getting into it and building the drive to get there.

"The best part it they saw how hard the team worked and what it takes to be a part of that type of team so the work ethic is heightened.”

TAHLEQUAH GAINS CONFIDENCE
Coach Kenneth Thornton and the Tahlequah Tigers are making a major change following a 3-7 season and a 3-4 record in District 5A-4.

The Tigers are switching from a 3-4 defensive lineup to a base 4-3 scheme to better fit their skill level. Thornton said the switch has gone well.

"We spent three years teaching them to stunt. Now we’re teaching them to play defense,” Thornton said. "It’s more sound, and there won’t be as many big plays, which was a big problem for us.”

The senior-laden Tigers are led on defense by safety Seth French (6-foot, 175 pounds) and linebacker Matt Frits (6-1, 195), who had more than 100 tackles as a junior.

"We didn’t have the personnel to play a 3-4,” Thornton said. "The kids are a lot more confident in what we’re doing now.”


McAlester poised to rebound this season

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