#8217;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.