District A-5 football preview: Defending champion Wayne returns eight starters

Wayne returns eight started on either side of the ball from last year's Class A state championship team.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 28, 2012
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photo - CLASS A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Wayne's Louden Johnson catches a pass as Woodland's Tracey Wilson defends during the Class A state championship high school football game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
CLASS A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Wayne's Louden Johnson catches a pass as Woodland's Tracey Wilson defends during the Class A state championship high school football game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“He's dropped about 15 pounds since last season and it's made a difference in his 40 time,” Wynnewood coach Brad O'Steen said.

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.”

DEEP DISTRICT

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.”


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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

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