And although the Savages lost All-State lineman Adam Kelley, O'Steen said the line blocking for Knowles would be better overall.
“Adam's brain was the best I've been around from a lineman but in the lineman camps we went to this summer, I thought we did better than last year.
“But we'll see when we actually get started.”
District A-5 is the only district to feature a pair of defending state champions.
In addition to Wayne, Class B champion Caddo moves up into Class A after going 14-0 last season in eight-man.
“It's definitely the toughest district in Class A,” O'Steen said. “Elmore City's skill positions are as good as anybody in the district so if they stay healthy, they're going to be really good and Wewoka's probably the most athletic as a team.”
Sharp is also not taking anything for granted.
“It's going to be exciting,” he said. “There are going to be a lot of close games in this district.”
District A-5 coaches' poll
1. Wynnewood (10-2)
2. Wayne (14-1)
3. Elmore City-Pernell (6-4)
4. Wewoka (6-5)
5. Caddo (14-0)
6. Stratford (2-8)
7. Maysville (1-9)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses