High school football: District 3A-5 preview

Berryhill is the early favorite to win the district championship.
by Chris Brannick Published: August 10, 2014
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photo - Lincoln Christian's Micah Wilson looks to to pass the ball during a 7 on 7 tournament game at Westmoore High School in Moore, Okla.,  Saturday, June 28, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Lincoln Christian's Micah Wilson looks to to pass the ball during a 7 on 7 tournament game at Westmoore High School in Moore, Okla., Saturday, June 28, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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.

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by Chris Brannick
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Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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