Last season, District B-1 experienced unprecedented dominance in eight-man football. Each of the four semifinalists came out of the district, with Garber beating Canton and Laverne beating Ringwood in the semifinals, and Garber beating Laverne 30-26 in the title game.
While the district’s coaches say it’s an unlikely occurrence once — much less experiencing a semifinals sweep for a second time — they say it could happen again. "It’s going to be very comparable to what it was last year,” Pond Creek-Hunter’s David Kerr said. "This is still a really tough district.”Kerr’s Panthers didn’t even make the playoffs last year, but another of the district’s coaches said they were no doubt a top 10 team in the class. "You don’t want to upset any fellow coaches in other districts, but we’re setting up to make another really good run,” Garber’s Mark Harmon said. "I know Depew and Porter have some great players coming back, and Weleetka should be pretty good, but I really think three of the top five teams in the class come out of this district.”
Feeling left outGarber, Laverne and Canton have the majority of their players back from playoff runs. Ringwood, though, is in a completely different situation. The Red Devils were 9-4 last year but return just one starter — defensive end/guard Matt Evans. "We’re hurting pretty bad,” coach Doug Seely said.