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East OKC metro notebook: Dillon Dutton, John Jacobs lead Shawnee

With 17 of 22 spots filled by returning starters, hopes are high once again in Shawnee.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: August 30, 2013

With 17 of 22 spots filled by returning starters, hopes are high once again in Shawnee.

Coach Billy Brown returns all but two offensive starters, and has an experienced backfield to work with.

Quarterback John Jacobs threw for 1,510 yards and rushed for another 745 as a sophomore last season, and Dillon Dutton returns primed for a breakout season at running back.

Riley Greenlee anchors the offensive line and Kendall Gilbert, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has begun to draw some Division I recruiting interest at receiver.

The defense will rely on senior linebacker Gage Humphreys, who has 174 tackles for his career


New coach Todd Dilbeck brought in veteran coach Mark Ryan to coordinate his defense, and Ryan will have a solid linebacker to build around in the middle.

Senior Derrick Briggs will be in his third year as a starting linebacker and logged 113 tackles, with 11 for loss, last season.

The offense, which will be orchestrated by Dilbeck and coordinator Ty Prestidge, has more experience to work with.

Nine starters return, including junior quarterback Jonah Llanusa and running back Kenny Tisdale.


McLoud quarterback Joseph Woods, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior, has a chance to surprise a lot of people this season with his talent and versatility.

But a big reason for his success will come in the experience around him.

Coach Eric Cardin and the Redskins return nine offensive starters, including a couple of big linemen, Brian Heath and Aaron Smith.

The team's top returning wideout, senior Will Olds, is heading into his fourth year as a starter as well. The defense will rely heavily on linebacker Hunter Heath, who had 105 tackles last year.


Star Spencer coach James Harding's offense will be counting on a pair of offensive linemen who he asked to start as freshmen last year.

Sophomores Ramon Jenkins, 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, and Byron Williams, 6-foot, 235 pounds, return to open holes for the run game of Jerome Smith and Milon Smith.


New Harrah coach Phil Webb jokes that senior Dak Stephens might even pop popcorn at halftime this season.

Stephens, a running back and defensive back, provides a veteran presence for the Panthers.

“Just talented,” Webb said. “He knows the game. He's one of those kids you don't have to tell more than once what to do. He's a coach's dream. He just knows the game and is talented.”

Harrah went 1-9 last season, losing five games by six or less points.

Stephens, though, believes the coaching change has been exactly what was needed and this year is a chance to improve.

“It's pretty frustrating, but we've got this year to show what we can really do as seniors,” Stephens said. “So I think it's going to be good for us.”


After reeling off five straight wins late last season, there's a high level of excitement around this football season at Meeker.

The Bulldogs' late-season surge allowed them to finish 7-5 and advance to the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.

“We had our intrasquad scrimmage and I bet we had 150 people there,” said coach Mike Hedge. “Usually, we've got 10 or 15 people out there. I think that shows the expectations are there. Our kids feel like they can go even further this year. They definitely think they can win a little bit.”

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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