Little big man leads Temple
Temple is the favorite to win the District C-2 title, and smallish Kyle Baze is a very big reason why.
Baze is a 5-8, 150-pound cornerback and receiver for the Tigers who has started for the past three years. Defensively, he has piled up 140 career tackles. And many of those tackles have been highlight hits.
"(He) hits harder than anyone I have ever coached," said Temple coach Brad Spurlock.
Baze had a career-high 55 tackles as a junior and added two interceptions and three forced fumbles as Temple went 9-2.
Ryan drops into Class C
A Class C state championship seems possible for Ryan in 2010 after coming close in 2009 in Class B.
The Cowboys went 12-1 in the higher classification and reached the state semifinals, where they fell to Canton. Ryan lost standout quarterback Colby Barrett, but tailback Trevor Bettis returns to carry the load. Bettis, a senior, ran for more than 1,000 yards last season and averaged 8.9 yards per carry.
Defense to pace Thackerville
Thackerville coach Cody McCage says he has a young offense that needs to grow up in a hurry. Still, the Wildcats are coming off a playoff season in 2009 and expect to reach the postseason again.
With a strong defensive line and standout linebackers Tony Maldonado and Josh Mose, defense will be the focal point for the Wildcats. A year ago, Thackerville recorded two shutouts and held three opponents to two touchdowns or less.
Youth movement MVG
Mountain View-Gotebo returns just five starters combined from both sides of the ball, which means the Tigers will have a lot of players getting their first chance to shine this fall.
"We are going to be very inexperienced, very young in all positions," said coach Barret Richardson.
One of the few returning players with ample experience is Dakota Gatlin. The 5-9, 165-pounder is just a sophomore, but he started as a freshman at running back and linerbacker. Junior Cale Flinn and sophomore Justin Springstead are also returning starters.
District C-2 coaches' poll 1. Temple (9-2) 2. Ryan (12-1) 3. Tipton (9-3) 4. Corn Bible (5-5) 5. Mountain View-Gotebo (5-5) 6. Thackerville (5-6) 7. Cement (2-7) 8. Duke (2-8) 9. Grandfield (0-10) Note: 2009 record in parentheses