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.
McGage said the young players will need to be more physical but that he has a sound defense with three returning starters.
FAMILIAR FACE RETURNS TO LEAD SASAKWA
Terry Sellars is back at Sasakwa as the new head coach. The former Sasakwa player said it hasn’t set in for him yet and that the last time he was on the field was Senior Night in 2006.
Sellars returns after working as the offensive line coach at Verdigris last season and said Sasakwa is making great strides with a new offense.
“We had a pretty good spring,” Sellars said. “Putting in a new system, we’ve got some young guys stepping up. It’s nice to call out a formation and the players know what to do.”
Sellars said senior Connor Tucker will settle in as the permanent quarterback after splitting time at the position last year.
“He’s calm in the pocket,” Sellars said. “He’s reading the defenses well and making smart plays.”
Sellars said Tucker has plenty of options too. Junior running back Jacqus Brown is a powering, physical back, and Shace Beatey and Dawson Taylor are big targets to throw to.
Paoli junior Nathan Rossi can play multiple positions. ... Webbers Falls junior QB Darren Shanks ran and passed for almost 1,800 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. ... Midway has only one win in each of the past two seasons, both against Bokoshe. ... Bowlegs drops to Class C after going winless last season. ... Bokoshe sophomore Christian Stoup started as quarterback last season as freshman, and freshman Deondre Henderson will be the starting running back this season.
DISTRICT C-4 COACHES’ POLL
1. Fox (10-2)
2. Thackerville (10-1)
3. Sasakwa (7-4)
4. Paoli (3-7)
5. Webbers Falls (4-5)
6. Cave Springs (3-7)
7. Midway (1-9)
8. Bokoshe (1-8)
9. Bowlegs (0-10)
*Last season’s record in parentheses