District B-3 has gone through a full facelift, with eight new schools coming in for the 2010 season. Victory Life and Canadian are moving up from Class C, while Dewar is coming down from Class A.
"Five of our teams made the playoffs last year," said Allen coach Kenny Deaton. "It's definitely going to be a tougher district this year. Every week you're going to have to be ready to play."
With all the new teams, scouting schools could be more challenging. But one thing is for certain, the level competition will definitely be higher in the new B-3.
Weleetka hopes to get over the hump
Weleetka's playoff run has ended in the first round in back-to-back seasons. Heading into his 19th season as head coach of the Outlaws, Tony Hawkins would love a deep postseason run.
Hawkins feels that he has a good group of skilled players, specifically receivers. The team will have a new quarterback, but senior running back Michael Giles is returning after leading the team in rushing last season, gaining over 700 yards.
"He's got excellent speed and played a lot last year," Hawkins said. "He actually was our leading rusher not as a starter though, as a back-up."
Allen tired of close calls
Allen lost four games last season and three by a total of 10 points; a sign of inexperience in late-game situations. Junior QB Brady Caldwell is returning after an honorable mention All-State selection in 2009 and will be working hard to change that trend.
Caldwell threw for over 1800 yards and ran for 900 more last season in his first year as a starting quarterback. With more experience under center, he should put up bigger numbers.
When Allen finds itself in close games in the upcoming season, the ball will definitely be in Caldwell's hands to get the job done.
Miller time in Caddo
Caddo's Ty Miller was Mr. Everything last season, as he was named honorable mention All-State and All-District for B-2 as a sophomore.
Miller was ranked sixth in the state in receiving yards in 2009 with 1,130, and he pulled in 17 touchdowns.
He is one of the top receivers in the state entering this season, and if his numbers increase he could lead the state in receiving yards as a junior.
District B-3 Coachesâ€™ Poll 1. Caddo* (8-3) 2. Wetumka (7-3) 3. Weleetka (6-5) 4. Gans* (7-4) 5. Dewar* (2-8) 6. Allen* (7-4) 7. Canadian* (4-3) 8. Keota* (4-6) 9. Victory Life* (5-5) 10. Cave Springs* (2-7) *Denotes new school to district (2009 record in parentheses)