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District A-3 football notebook: District loaded with equally talented teams

Justin Harper Modified: August 28, 2009 at 7:30 pm •  Published: August 8, 2009
d after an opening-week, 26-8 win over Dibble, seven of the Eagles’ next eight games were losses by 32 or more points.

But the Eagles are optimistic for a turnaround in 2009 thanks to a loaded offensive backfield. Junior quarterback Jake Birdwell is joined by a pair of proven running backs. Seniors Jacob Loftiss and Shelton Yates combined for all but 64 of the team’s rushing yards last season. Added to that is standout linebacker Dakota Ray, who is going to see some time at fullback.

The team also expects to get off to a good start as the Dibble game will be played in Burns Flat to open the season.

Sayre duo getting attention
Sayre seniors Colby Hager and Ben Barnes are receiving recruiting attention from Division I-A schools, according to coach Wes Brower.

Hager is a 6-4, 215-pound tight end/defensive end. Barnes, 6-2, 200, is a quarterback and will be a four-year starter.