High school football: District 2A-7 preview: Adair seeks fourth consecutive championship

by Ed Godfrey Published: August 19, 2014
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Adair is the pick to win its fourth consecutive District 2A-7 football title, and with good reason.

Warriors head coach Mark Lippe is excited about his team’s depth at wide receiver and running back.

“We run a four-wide-receiver set and we are two deep at every one of those receiving positions,” Lippe said. “We have two or three running backs that can do the job.”

Most of Adair’s talent is sophomores and juniors. Tight end James Eastin, who caught five touchdown passes last year, is one of five seniors on the team.

“We are going to run a lot of kids in there and play a lot of kids,” Lippe said. “The depth at our skill positions really is a strength for us.”

Quarterback B.J. Bradbury, who threw for more than 2,300 yards and 35 touchdowns last season as a freshman, is one of six returning starters on offense.

“He does have a live arm,” Lippe said. “He is kind of the key to our passing game, but he has some guys to throw to. He has multiple targets on the field at all times.”

Adair returns seven starters on defense from a club that lost a 28-27 decision in the Class 2A quarterfinals to eventual state champion Davis. Adair has been ousted from the playoffs the last two seasons by Davis.

The only question mark for Adair this season is in the offensive line, where senior center Levi Hudson (6-0, 230) pounds is the only returning starter.

COLCORD EXPECTS TO CHALLENGE FOR CROWN

With 19 starters returning from last season’s club, which finished third in the district, Colcord expects to challenge Adair for the title this year.

It’s the most experienced team Terrell Denny has seen in his five years coaching at the school, including the last three as head coach.

“Last year we didn’t know what we had,” Denny said of Caleb Shawver, who took over as quarterback. “He has great instincts. He is one of those old-school guys who love football.”

Shawver has worked hard in the off-season and returns with a stronger arm and quicker release, he said.

“We expect him to have a really good season,” Denny said.

Running back Brandon Harper is a three-year starter, state power-lifting champion and state runner-up in the 100 meters.

Last season, Harper rushed for 1,097 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on just 90 carries.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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