The Donkeys were winless in 2009 and have won just two games in the past two seasons, but optimism is up with seven returning starters on offense and defense.
Senior Jacob Roller and juniors Jesse Burton and Joshua Butler should give the Bray-Doyle offense some punch. But the defense is what needs the most work as the Donkeys allowed 40.2 points per game in 2009.
Jones a ringleader for Empire
Replacing do-it-all quarterback and linebacker Tyler Carney won't be easy at Empire. But senior Geoff Jones appears to be the guy to become the Bulldogs' double-duty playmaker. Carney scored five of the team's eight touchdowns last season and had a team-best 96 tackles. Jones, who plays running back and defensive back, had 8.7 tackles per game and ran for almost 500 yards as a junior.
District A-4 Coachesâ€™ Poll 1. Ringling (10-1) 2. Velma-Alma (9-4) 3. Healdton (8-3) 4. Waurika (4-6) 5. Wilson (3-7) 6. Empire (1-9) 7. Bray-Doyle (0-10) 2009 record in parentheses