Even though Dominique Alexander is playing defensive end for Tulsa Washington, rather than safety, where the Arkansas commit was recruited, it's not a sign of weakness on the Hornet front.
Joining the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Alexander on the defensive line will be a pair of senior tackles, 6-foot, 270-pound Dallas Thompson and 6-foot-4, 245-pound Aljamal Muse.
On the other end of the line is junior Jordan Brailford, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder who started as a sophomore. He has already begun to garner attention from multiple Division I programs and could be among the top recruits in the state for the 2014 class.
Owasso defense experienced
A lot will be expected of the Owasso defense, which returns 10 players with starting experience this season. The group is anchored by three returning linebackers, seniors Tanner Dimarco and Ty McKenzie, along with junior Jantzen Burd.
Enid's offense will rely heavily on senior running back Seth Handley. Nicknamed Popeye, Handley rushed for a school-record 376 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Bixby last season... After graduating a talented quarterback in Brent Wilson, Ponca City is breaking in another gifted athlete at the position. Jake Didlake will provide a run-pass threat after shifting over from receiver.
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District 6A-1 coaches' poll
1. Tulsa Union (13-1)
2. Owasso (9-4)
3. Tulsa Washington (4-6)
4. Stillwater (8-3)
5. Enid (2-8)
6. Sand Springs (3-7)
7. Bartlesville (3-7)
8. Ponca City (2-8)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses