Hennessey avoids logjam at QBHennessey coach Shannon Watford appears to have done a pretty good job making hires. In doing so, though, the Eagles might’ve had a logjam of quarterbacks. During the offseason, Watford brought in Rick Leutjen from Locust Grove and Victor Morgan from Velma-Alma. Both coaches had sons who were starting quarterbacks last year: Matt Leutjen and Dillon Morgan. Oh, and Hennessey’s quarterback, Caleb Weaver, also returned from last year’s 11-3 team. Watford wasn’t worried about problems finding a place for all of them to play, though. "That was something you always have to think about, but our kids at Hennessey are such good kids,” Watford said. "They’re a very humble group and want to do whatever they can to help us win.” So Weaver made the move to wide receiver and Morgan back to running back, where he played before jumping to QB last year. Leutjen will start at quarterback for the Eagles. "You’ve got to get out of the field and get it together out there, but we’ve got a chance to make some noise this year,” Watford said.
Okeene looks to fill holes on offenseOffense hasn’t been much of a problem for Okeene the last few years. But with just four starters coming back on that side of the ball, the Whippets could be in for some changes on offense. But Okeene coach Jeff Wardlaw has been impressed with his new starters throughout the summer. "We’ve had a really good summer,” Wardlaw said. "The kids really worked hard and put in a good 7-on-7. I’m looking forward to it.” One of the standouts has been new quarterback Ryan Fuller, who saw significant time as a backup last year. And wide receiver Derrick Miles has been putting things together. "He’s always been really talented, but he’s always been a little inconsistent,” Wardlaw said. "He’s done a good job with that.” The Whippets, who figure to battle it out with Hennessey for the district title, return six starters on defense. "Our defense should be able to help pick us up until our offense can come together,” Wardlaw said.
Texhoma looking for breakoutWhile Hennessey and Okeene look to be the favorites for the district title, the district’s coaches aren’t ruling out Texhoma or Turpin from making runs as well. One of Texhoma’s top returners is senior wide receiver J.D. Pugh, who burst into the spotlight in March when he helped the Red Devils to the Class A basketball finals. Pugh clinched Texhoma’s overtime semifinal win over Okarche with a steal and layup in the final seconds. He scored all of Texhoma’s overtime points. In football, though, Pugh is just as important for the Red Devils. The 6-foot-4 wideout had 356 yards and six touchdowns on 32 catches last season.
Extra pointsTurpin’s Konner and Kiefer Hood are twins who helped the Cardinals’ track team earn 400- and 1,600-meter relay titles. They’re both three-year starters in football and basketball. ... Pioneer’s Haden Hedges had 115 tackles last year, and Mustangs coach Ron Sunderland calls him one of the best athletes ever at Pioneer. ... Oklahoma Bible Academy returns RB Harrison Jackson, who ran for more than 1,000 yards last year. ... Beaver returns nine starters on each side of the ball.
Hennessey avoids logjam at QB