Kiefer looks to continue streak
Kiefer enters the season riding a 24-game winning streak in district play.
The streak, which started in 2010, began while the Trojans were still in Class B and continued last season after they made the move to Class A.
Despite losing 11 seniors from an 11-1 team in 2012, coach Josh Calvert says his young team is ready to continue the winning tradition.
“Because we graduated some talented players, there hasn't been that excitement around town to start the season,” Calvert said. “But since we got started, I've had several parents tell me we're a lot better than they thought we'd be. Up to this point we haven't missed a beat. These kids take a lot of pride in being successful and they don't want to disappoint the people around here.”
Not all the Trojans' talent has graduated. Back is senior quarterback Justin Rovang, a three-year starter who threw 13 touchdowns last season with just two interceptions.
Calvert is expecting big things from sophomore twin brothers Blake (LB) and Trey Sneed (RB). Blake was second on the team in tackles, and Trey rushed for more than 1,000 yards during their freshman season.
“(Blake and Trey are) really solid football players for us,” Calvert said. “Our sophomore class is really talented. We feel like we've done a good job of getting our young guys ready.”
YOUTH MUST STEP UP FOR MORRISON
With seven two-way starters gone from last season's 9-3 team, Morrison coach Cory Bales is forced to thrust several inexperienced players into key roles this season.
“There's going to be a lot of young kids that are going to be playing significant snaps,” Bales said. “We've got to have those younger kids play a lot better and grow up real fast. It's not fair, but that's the way it is.”
Taking some of the pressure off the inexperienced players will be sophomore Jordan Quinata, who has moved to quarterback for the Wildcats after rushing for 1,300 yards at running back as a freshman.
Quinata is joined in the backfield by senior running back Scott Vandorn, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards while splitting time at running back last season.
“We have to be smart with them,” Bales said of Quinata and Vandorn. “We're going to use those guys to carry a lot of the load for our inexperienced kids, but that means we've got to focus on keep them healthy.”
EXPERIENCE A STRENGTH FOR YALE
Yale returns several key contributors from last year's 6-5 team.
A trio of seniors — tight end/defensive end Konner Fowler, running back/defensive back Devion Saunders, and quarterback/defensive back JR Wakely — will lead the way for a team looking to build on a first-round exit from the playoffs last season.
Fowler, who played quarterback last season, will move to tight end, with Wakely expected to take over at quarterback. Wakely rushed for 731 yards while playing running back as a junior.
“We have several seniors that are three- and four-year starters,” said coach Craig Ellis, who is entering his fifth year at Yale. “This should be the best year in a long time at Yale.”
Drumright sophomore Trevon Harris is back to play a major role in the offense after missing his freshman season with an ankle injury. ... Hominy returns experience up front, led by two-way linemen Jason Bradford, Shaun Skyes, and Reilly Holloway.
District A-7 coaches' poll
1. Keifer (11-1)
2. Morrison (9-3)
3. Hominy (5-6)
4. Yale (6-5)
5. Drumright (3-7)
6. Barnsdall (4-6)
7. Depew (0-10)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses