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High school football: Edmond Santa Fe picked to win District 6A-4

Phillip Sumpter moves from tailback to linebacker. Wolves coach Lance Manning said Sumpter is becoming a force.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Modified: August 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm •  Published: August 26, 2012

Defensive players showing strength for Santa Fe

Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning continues to be impressed with outside linebacker Phillip Sumpter, who was moved to the defense this season after being the Wolves' starting tailback last year.

“He is a playing really well, playing physical, playing fast,” Manning said. “He is really becoming a force defensively.”

Sumpter still will get some carries at running back, but the emergence of junior Cameron Westbrook in the backfield allowed Santa Fe to move Sumpter to defense full-time.

Manning predicts a big season for Westbrook.

“He is a talent,” Manning said. “He will wow you at times, the way he moves and his vision and speed.”

Manning also liked the preseason play of safety Khari Harding, a University of Arkansas commit.

“I think he is a lot better football player now than he was last year,” he said.

Calmus' shift should help Mustang defense

Last year, Tucker Calmus anchored the Mustang defense from middle linebacker, but with the 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior moving to defensive end, coaches believe it strengthens the defense.

“That's probably his position,” coach Ty Prestidge said. “We were so young and scrambling last year, we had a lot of guys who were our best 11 on defense but had to play somewhere else. We had a lot of defensive ends but didn't have many linebackers, so he had to play there.”

Along with third-year starter Jared Chance at tackle, the Broncos are strong on the defensive front, with the back seven being predicated on speed.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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District 6A-4 coaches' poll

1. Edmond Santa Fe (10-2)

2. Lawton (9-3)

3. Norman (7-4)

4. Mustang (2-8)

5. Southmoore (5-6)

6. Edmond Memorial (3-7)

7. Choctaw (1-9)

8. Putnam City West (0-10)

*-Last year's records in parentheses


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