NEARING 4,000 YARDSIt’s been a stellar career for Stroud running back Cody Pritchard. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior has 3,800 rushing yards heading into his final campaign for the Tigers. "On the short list of guys in Class A, he’s right there with the best of them,” Elerick said. "He’s got great speed, balance and he’s fearless. He’s just a good football player.” Pritchard, who rushed for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, is a four-year starter for Stroud.
KEEP AN EYE ON GAINESStratford sophomore Tyler Gaines was more than solid during his freshman season. The 6-foot, 165-pounder started at linebacker as Stratford went 6-5 in 2008. Gaines had 47 tackles, one sack and one interception last season. "He surprised us last year,” Blackburn said. "He does what you ask and is seldom out of position.”
CLASS A’s TOP DUAL THREAT?Wayne quarterback Josh Barrett ranks as one of the top run-pass threats in Class A. He rushed for 1,150 yards and six touchdowns while passing for 1,250 yards and 15 scores as a junior. The senior didn’t rest on defense either, amassing 86 tackles.
DOUBTING DEWAR?Led by Oklahoma signee Ronnell Lewis, Dewar finished 10-2 overall and 7-1 in district play. The Dragons finished second in District A-5 in 2008, but with the loss of Lewis, an Oklahoman All-Stater, district coaches expect a drop off for the Dragons. Dewar is picked to finish fourth in the district.