District B-4 member Davenport finished 2011 as the Class B state runner-up and averaged 45 points a game last season. The Bulldogs return running back and wide receiver Kevin Thomas.
Thomas rushed for just 420 yards last season but averaged 9.1 yards per carry. He caught 43 balls for 674 yards with 12 touchdowns.
Davenport coach John Greenfield said his offense will focus more on putting the ball in the air to capitalize on Thomas ability at wideout.
“He'll carry the ball some, but we're probably going to throw a little more than usual,” he said. “He's such a great receiver. We don't want to take him out of there.”
BOWLEGS LOOKS TO DOUTHIT
Bowlegs coach Scott Douthit said the Bison will only return three starters, but two of them will be quarterback Tyler Douthit, who is the coach's son, and defensive back Cullen Tatum.
Scott Douthit said he'll lean on the two seniors to lead the team in a tough district.
“Offensively, we're going to lean on our quarterback,” he said. “He's a four-year starter.”
Douthit completed 92 of 167 attempts for 1,672 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a junior.
Tatum accounted for 59 tackles and three interceptions last season.
WETUMKA COACH LOOKS FOR YOUTH TO LEAD
During his first season as coach at Wetumka, Wayman Potts led the Chieftains to a playoff berth. He said he likes how his team is shaping up for the coming season.
“We lost five seniors from last year's team,” he said. “We've got several young kids coming up who should be able to fill in.”
Wetumka is one of three B-4 teams to have earned a spot in the 2011 playoffs. Potts believes it will be hard for any team make it out of the district this season.
“Our district is one of the toughest in the state if not the toughest,” he said.
District B-4 Coaches' Poll
1. Davenport (13-1)
2. Gans (10-2)
3. Wetumka (7-2)
4. Dewar (6-5)
5. Bowlegs (5-5)
6. Weleetka (4-6)
7. Keota (4-6)
8. Strother (4-5)
9. Porum (2-6)
10. Cave Springs (0-9)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses.