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District C-4 football preview: Fox looks to improve from 10-win season

by Chris Brannick Published: September 3, 2014
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Fox coach Brent Phelps doesn’t care that his team has dropped from Class B to Class C this year. He expects the same results, if not better.

“We are excited to play football,” Phelps said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s C-4 or not, we just want to play.”

Phelps said the biggest difference will be travel. Fox visits Midway and Webbers Falls, both of which will be extensive road trips.

Another change for Fox is Frank Davidson moving from tailback to quarterback. Davidson had more than 700 yards on the ground last year and ran for 13 touchdowns. Phelps said Davidson has done well in practice at his new position, but he’ll need to see how the real games go before truly assessing the junior.

Defensively, Phelps is high on defensive ends Lamont Young and Jam Boyd. Young, a senior, is a really aggressive end with incredible speed. Phelps said the two are the anchors of the defense. Phelps also said defensive back Trent Fletcher is a shutdown corner.

THACKERVILLE FULL OF FRESH FACES

Last year, Thackerville had a perfect regular season before being ousted in the second round of the playoffs by Sharon-Mutual. After graduating 10 kids from that team, coach Cody McGage knows this year will be different.

“We’re getting better daily,” McGage said. “It’s going to be tough. Our first scrimmage was terrible but after a good week of practice, our second scrimmage, they looked great.”

McGage said quarterback Justice Buckaloo and offensive lineman-turned-running back Stetson Boyles are playing a big role in leading the inexperienced team.

“These guys that have been around and have experience are helpful,” McGage said.

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by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor, OKC Energy FC Reporter
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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