WALKER LEADING CRESCENT
Crescent's Preston Walker accounted for 1,842 yards and 28 touchdowns from the quarterback position last season, and he'll be even more vital to an offense that returns six starters.
A dangerous dual-threat quarterback, Walker will count on receiver Tristan Lacy in the passing game, with Devon Bledsoe and Mikey Cronister helping him at running back.
LINES KEY AT CARNEGIE
New coach Jack Baker, who spent the last six years as an assistant at Millwood and Putnam City, will have strong offensive and defensive lines to work with in his first year at Carnegie.
It starts with Eli Starr, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound senior, who missed last season due to injury. Kaedin McSperitt is another senior on the front, while Jeremy Beaver, a junior, will play a variety of positions, including running back, tight end and linebacker.
Not only is Watonga dropping down from Class 2A, it will do so with a new coach. Former Mustang assistant David Lorenz takes over the Eagles, who have been a strong program in recent years, despite winning just four games last season.
Crossings Christian is making its first appearance in an Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association district, and its first season playing a varsity schedule. The Knights are coached by Chris Roberts, who has previously been an assistant at John Marshall, Edmond Santa Fe and Kingfisher.
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District A-3 coaches' poll
1. Cashion (6-6)
2. Minco (12-1)
3. Watonga (4-6)
4. Crescent (6-5)
5. Carnegie (10-4)
6. Pioneer (4-6)
7. Crossings Christian (N/A)
*-Last year's record in parentheses