Thackerville coach Cody McCage
knows it’s going to be tough to duplicate last year’s success.
In the Class C championship, Thackerville trailed Shattuck 38-36 in the third quarter before Shattuck rolled to a 68-44 victory and its sixth straight championship.
"All we can try to do is get back to that level,” McCage said. "We just have to be willing to put in the work.”
Thackerville lost a lot on the offensive side of the ball but returns senior running back Aaron Vondrak
. McCage said the team will do whatever it can to get the ball into Vondrak’s hands at all times.
Temple loaded, ready for run
While a lot of the teams in C-2 are dealing with the loss of numerous starters, that’s not the case for Temple.
But after a semifinals appearance last year, coach Brad Spurlock
knows the team is still far away from its goal.
"Three years ago we made the finals. I thought we came back with an even better team, but we ended up losing in the second round,” Spurlock said.
The biggest question for Temple is the status of junior quarterback Deshon Wartley
, who may transfer.
Spurlock has prepared for that, however, moving sophomore Aaron Holden
Youth will have to grow up for Tipton
Tipton coach Jim Kerbo
knows it might be rough early in the season as 17 of his 26 players are freshmen or sophomores.
That doesn’t mean he’s discounting his team’s chances, though.
"We’re going to be really young, but we have some talent. We’ll have to stay healthy,” Kerbo said.
One leader the team will have is running back Kendall Luckett
. The senior may be one of the biggest difference-makers in the district.
is the new Grandfield coach, replacing T.J. Liles. ...
Thackerville edged Temple by one vote to place first in the coaches’ poll. …Duke was 0-10 last season, but head coach Josh Trent
said the team is optimistic about its chances because of all the returning starters coming back. …Corn Bible only returns two starters on both sides of the ball.