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District 5A-4 preview: Former Jenks star Bobby Klinck beats deadline by a few weeks

Klinck wanted to be a head football coach by the time he was 30. He made it, when Tulsa Public Schools chose the former running back to run the East Central program.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 22, 2012
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East Central is one of three teams in the district that won eight or more games last season, but the other two — Tulsa Central and Pryor — are picked to finish out of the playoff picture.

COWETA A CLOSE SECOND

Coweta wasn't far behind the Cardinals, with a couple of coaches even picking the Tigers to take the district.

Burcham's team has a solid group of returners at the skill positions but must build depth on the lines.

Quarterback Hayden Holmes has plenty of targets, including Randall Smith and Adam Price, who also have the versatility to play running back as well as receiver.

Coweta has a tough nondistrict schedule that includes Class 4A state champion Wagoner, 5A power Carl Albert and Tulsa Bishop Kelley.

CENTRAL GETS LATE BOOST

With players such as quarterback D'Angelo Brewer and receiver Gerald Hardridge, Tulsa Central figured to be a team with the potential to make noise.

But the Braves received a late addition that figures to make them even better, and the new player won't even have to learn the system from scratch.

Devanta Johnson expected to transfer from Central to East Central but late in the summer decided to go back to Tulsa Central after his eligibility at East Central came into question.

Johnson, who will play wide receiver and defensive back, is one of the top recruits in the state.

District 5A-4 coaches' poll

1. Tulsa East Central (10-2)

2. Coweta (6-5)

3. Claremore (4-6)

4. Collinsville (4-6)

5. Tulsa Central (8-3)

6. Pryor (9-3)

7. Tahlequah (3-7)

8. Grove (4-6)

Note: Last season's records in parentheses

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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