Pryor coach Jason Freeman thought it was time to make an offensive change. A really big one.
The Tigers will be solely running a triple option. Freeman said he and his coaches took a 13-hour car ride to a small high school in Michigan to sit down and speak with the coaches on how to implement the new offense.
“Not a lot of teams in Oklahoma run a true triple option,” Freeman said. “I believe in Pryor we have to be more disciplined and tougher and have to be better in our condition. I believe we have to run an offense that makes defenses be disciplined. It'll be different too see.”
CLAREMORE STRONG IN SKILLS POSITIONS
Claremore's strength lies in its skill positions. Claremore coach Rob Gilbreath believes there are three main men for the Zebras.
Senior receiver Caleb Webster is a big target at 6-foot-2. Gilbreath says Webster has really good hands and could also see time at corner. Then there's junior two-way starter Dustin Basks, who is a receiver and a corner. Then there's senior offensive tackle John McQueen. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive lineman is starting to draw a lot of looks from college and from the men across the line.
COLLINSVILLE HIGHLIGHTED BY MCELROY, JOHNSON
The strength of Collinsville lies in its senior quarterback and wide receiver, otherwise known as the “Zane McElroy to TJ Johnson” connection.
The two connected for 50 receptions, 908 yards and nine touchdowns, giving Johnson a career total of more than 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns.
McElroy threw for 2,400 total yards and 21 touchdowns last season. Both McElroy and Johnson are being recruited by North Texas, Emporia State and Missouri Southern.
CHERRY'S STEP-UP YEAR
Tulsa East Central coach Bobby Klinck believes that during quarterback Trevon Cherry's first year in the role, he maybe held back a bit.
“He was a sophomore on a senior-heavy team,” Klinck said.
Cherry still threw for more than 2,000 yards. This year, Klinck thinks the junior will take more of a leadership role.
“He's extremely mobile,” Klnick said of Cherry. “He's starting to figure out coverages and mature more as a passer. He just has a knack for finding the open guy and putting it to where his guys can catch it. He's not just the type who's going to scramble every play. He's more of a pocket-type passer but he does definitely has that ability to allude the rush.”
*Coweta returns linebacker Tristan Butcher, who was the Tigers' leading tackler last season. Butcher, who had 134 tackles last year, has received an offer from UNC-Charlotte, Louisiana-Lafayette, UTEP and the UTSA.
*Grove will return nine starters on defense and eight starters on offense, including seniors and quarterback Jake Spychalski, wide receivers Matt Jeffries and Austin Cross and running back Ty Phillips.
*Tahlequah's senior running back Colton Wright returns for his final season after missing all last year to injury.
*Three standout athletes for Tulsa Central will be Tulsa commit D'Angelo Brewer, who Central coach Don Gibson said “stands out by the way he goes about doing things the right way,” running back Kejuan Jones, (no relation to former Oklahoma Sooner Kejuan Jones) who “is a very explosive football player,” and two-way player D.J. Daniels who is “a kid that really understands his techniques.”
District 5A-4 coaches' poll
1. Claremore (10-2)
2. Tulsa East Central (9-5)
3. Collinsville (8-3)
4. Coweta (6-5)
5. Tulsa Central (3-7)
6. Pryor (4-6)
7. Tahlequah (1-9)
8. Grove (1-9)
Note: Last season's records in parentheses