Deer Creek's outside linebacker Cole Pacheco and middle linebacker Brandon Kidd will move in at LB, after Kooper Ruminer and Austin Loomis graduated. Pacheco and Kidd were at the core of applying pressure to Southeast and Putnam City West quarterbacks, forcing multiple incompletions and bobbled handoffs.
Pacheco is a two-time state wrestling champion who played football from middle school to his freshman year and found his way back to the field for his senior year.
PC West looking for linemen
Putnam City West junior offensive lineman Tanner Gooch is just one of many lineman filling the gaps of several offensive linemen the Patriots lost.
“He's really stepped up,” PC West coach Rocky Martin said. “He didn't play last year because he had a back injury. He's gotten better and stepped in and did a good job.”
Union has all-new offensive line
Tulsa Union running back Justin Silmon knows he has five first-year starters blocking for him on the offensive line.
“But they don't look like it, do they?” Silmon said. “I was seeing holes everywhere. Sometimes I had holes and I didn't know which one to pick. They're really doing good, being first-year starters. I'm proud of them.”