The most interesting note from Class C might be the Forgan Bulldogs not playing football this season. An undefeated regular season in 2012 and a trip to the state championship wasn't enough to keep the program going.
“It is simply a matter of not having enough players,” coach Todd Kerr said. The school's principal said they have been approved for a co-op with Beaver, and the kids that want to play will still have an opportunity to do so there.
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
Sharon-Mutual's only loss of the regular season last year was to Forgan in week 2. Otherwise, the Trojans reeled off four shutouts and only allowed six points in a game four times.
A big reason for the Trojans' defensive success is John Custar. The fourth-year starter recorded 28 tackles for loss last season. With a handful of colleges in Oklahoma keeping their eyes on Custar, look for those numbers to go up in 2013.
“We're going to have a strong defensive line,” coach Chris Syms said. Syms said they weren't changing much of anything from last season, hoping the experience will only add to their success.
The Trojans, now favorites to win the district title, will try to improve on last season's average of 9.7 points allowed per game.
BALKO HOPES EXPERIENCE HELPS DEFENSE
Coach Rusty Thomas led Balko to the playoffs last season with a 7-3 record. The Bison scored nearly 40 points per game but also boasted the No. 3 defense in the district behind Forgan and Sharon Mutual.
Grady Frantz is the player Thomas is leaning on to give the Bison some added help on defense. He will be starting a fourth season on the defensive line.
As for offense, Balko put up 38.3 points per game last season. Frantz will split running time with Wyatt Casper. Led by Jordan Busch at quarterback, the Bison should contend for home field advantage in the playoffs.
A matchup with Sharon Mutual in week 8 could determine playoff positioning.
RETURN TO PLAYOFFS IS SHATTUCK'S TARGET
Usually powerful Shattuck finished in sixth place in C-1 a year ago and its only victories came against the teams finishing seventh, eighth and ninth.
Head coach and Shattuck alum Tyson Bullard takes over the program. Bullard said he is looking to several seniors to provide leadership the team needs to return to the playoffs.
District C-1 Coaches' Poll
1. Sharon-Mutual (11-2)
2. Shattuck (3-6)
3. Balko (8-4)
4. Buffalo (5-5)
5. Tyrone (6-4)
6. Boise City (2-7)
7. Waynoka (1-9)
8. Goodwell (0-10)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses