District loaded with equally talented teamsThe small disparity in talent between teams in District A-3 last year was apparent, as schools knocked each other off week after week. Six teams had five or less wins, and only two had more than seven victories. This season looks like it could play out the same way. "Our district has been crazy the last couple of years,” said Snyder coach Robert Babcock. "Last year there were about seven teams in the district that were about equal in talent and those games could go either way. I see that being a real possibility again.” Apache, which went 7-4 last year, was the pick of the coaches to win the district even though Snyder (10-2 in 2008) and Hinton (9-2) had the most success last year. "Apache should be in the driver’s seat with all those kids coming back,” Babcock said. "Both Hinton and our team lose almost their entire starting lineups.” Snyder lost 13 starters, but returns standout receiver/defensive back Keegan Stucks, a senior, and junior quarterback Miles Baker.
Burns Flat-Dill City has high hopesBurns Flat-Dill City ended 2008 on a nine-game losing streak, four of which were shutouts. And 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 attentionSayre 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.
District loaded with equally talented teams