Berryhill got the nod to finish first in the district from the coaches in 3A-5. Berryhill coach Pat Harper says experience will be the biggest factor in his team’s success this season.
Returning at quarterback is Ty Walker who, Harper says, is the player that makes Berryhill go.
“He is the leader,” Harper said. “He leads by example, and he does what he can do to get the job done.”
Harper said Walker should improve from his junior season, which was his first at quarterback. Harper also said Berryhill returns eight starters on defense and should improve on its 18 points allowed-per-game average.
LINCOLN CHRISTIAN EYEING DOMINANT DUO
Lincoln Christian moves to 3A-5 from District 7, where it finished third a season ago. Fellow coaches in the new-look District 5 are high on Lincoln Christian, and its quarterback-wide receiver duo might be why.
Lincoln Christian coach Darren Melton said he expects big things from junior quarterback Micah Wilson, who threw 30 touchdowns last season and nearly 3,000 yards. Paired with junior Alec Davidson who, Melton says, “has it all,” Lincoln Christian has its eyes set on improving on last year’s 8-5 record.
“Micha knows where Alec will be, and that’s where he puts the ball,” Melton said.
Melton said sophomore running back Reed Martin will play some at slot receiver. He can play off of Davidson, providing the Lincoln Christian offense with more firepower.
DEWEY GETS LOOK AT LONG-AWAITED GROUP
Ashley Henley said one problem he’ll face as head coach of Dewey this season is his team’s inexperience. Henley said he doesn’t have many returning players and the adjustment to the speed of Friday nights will be something the Bulldoggers have to figure out quick.
Despite that, Henley is eager to start the 2014 season. This group of players has shown some promise before reaching the varsity level.
“They have all the ability in the world,” Henley said. “They’re inexperienced, but they can play some football.”
Sophomore wide receiver Hunter Brewer is Dewey’s player to watch. Henley said the coaching staff wants to get Brewer as many touches as possible.
Dewey finished 5-5 a season ago but gave up more points than anyone in the district.
Sperry only won one game in 2013, but coach Robert Park is optimistic about this season. Sperry’s wide receivers are going to be the bright spot. Park said after switching offenses two years ago, he feels his players are ready to take the next step... Scott Robb takes over as head coach at Kellyville after spending the last four years as an offensive coordinator in Brownsville, Texas. Robb said he knows he has to change the culture of a program that hasn’t been in the playoffs in 10 years. “I’m excited about the opportunity to turn things around,” Robb said. “The ingredients are here, it’s just a matter of if we can put it together.”
District 3A-5 Coaches’ Poll
1. Berryhill (9-3)
2. Lincoln Christian (8-5)
3. Verdigris (2-8)
4. Dewey (5-6)
T5. Tulsa Webster (0-10)
T5. Sperry (1-9)
7. Kellyville (2-8)
*Last year’s record in parentheses