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District B-3 football preview: District gets facelift; Weleetka hopes to get over the hump

BY TARIQ LEE, Staff Writer, tlee@opubco.com Modified: July 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm •  Published: July 21, 2010
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District realignment

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."

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District B-3 Coaches’ 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)

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