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District C-1 football preview: Cherokee defense still stout

It took nine games for someone to finally figure out how to score against the Cherokee defense, and even then, no one managed more than 14 points against the Chiefs, who finished as the undefeated Class C champions with a 38-14 win over Tipton.
by Ed Godfrey and Scott Wright Published: August 31, 2014
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It took nine games for someone to finally figure out how to score against the Cherokee defense, and even then, no one managed more than 14 points against the Chiefs, who finished as the undefeated Class C champions with a 38-14 win over Tipton.

But coach Bryce Schanbacher knows replicating last year’s defensive performance won’t be easy, despite returning five starters on that side of the ball.

“We’ve got big shoes to fill at the linebacker positions,” he said.

This season’s strength starts up front, with one of the biggest defensive lines you’ll find in Class C.

Trey Salinas (6-2, 225) and Hunter Jordan (6-2, 215) return at defensive end, with noseguard Kolby Gilley (6-1, 235) sandwiched in the middle.

The Chiefs have experience in the offensive backfield as well, with Tanner Bowman at quarterback and Austin Guffy at running back.

SHATTUCK RETURNS STRONG OFFENSIVE LINE

Tyson Bullard guided Shattuck to a 10-2 record in his first season at the helm, but graduated a lot of experience.

This year’s team will be built around the offensive line, anchored by Chris Baxter, giving the rest of the offense time to gain some playing time to prepare for a tough district schedule.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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