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District A-7 football preview: Coach Mark Gillespie trying to turn Barnsdall around

Former Boise City coach Mark Gillespie is now at Barnsdall, trying to turn around a team that was 0-10 and gave up 45.5 points per game last season.
BY ANTHONY SLATER Published: July 26, 2012
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But suddenly, Morrison's two-year roadblock to the league crown is gone, with Woodland reassigned to District B-3, and the Wildcats are now district favorites.

“You always enjoy playing a great team like Woodland and it's tough to see them go,” Morrison coach Cory Bales said. “But at the same time, you're definitely not sorry to see them moving on because we haven't had a whole lot of luck against them.”

Against the rest of the league, Morrison has had plenty of luck, compiling a 9-0 record since 2010.

Bales said the Wildcats will remain confident yet cautious, because they lost a good portion of their offensive firepower from a year ago.

“To be honest with you, we lost 90 percent of our scoring and 90 percent of our yards,” Bales said. “So it's going to be difficult.”

DISTRICT CHANGES

Woodland's sudden departure leaves the biggest void in District A-7, but it's not the only change. Liberty was shipped to District A-8.

Two highly successful eight-man teams will fill those two holes. Kiefer arrives after an 11-2 season in District B-4, which ended in the state semifinals. Depew comes from the same league, coming off a solid 7-4 playoff season.

Both teams should provide some competitive balance.

“I know Kiefer has some good athletes and had some good years in eight-man, so I expect them to compete,” Bales said. “Hominy should also be improved and it should be competitive.”


District A-7 coaches' poll

1. Morrison (9-3)

2. Hominy (6-6)

3. Yale (4-7)

4. Kiefer (11-2)

5. Depew (7-4)

6. Drumright (4-5)

7. Barnsdall (0-10)

Note: Last year's records in parentheses.

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