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High school football: District 4A-4 preview

District favorite Poteau has hole to fill at QB. Metro Christian bringing offensive firepower to 4A.
by Trent Shadid Published: August 6, 2014

Poteau’s run to the Class 4A state championship football game last season was led by quarterback Jace Pitchford.

He accounted for nearly 2,700 yards of offense and 35 touchdowns while guiding the Pirates to a runner-up finish as a senior.

This year, the Pirates will use a combined effort to fill his void as the District 4A-4 favorites aim to make another championship run.

“We’re not necessarily going to have what you would call a true two-QB system, but we’ll do a couple different things there,” said Poteau coach Greg Werner. “Ben Klutts is going to start for us. He’s not quite the runner we had in Jace last year, but he’s a heck of a passer. We’ll also have Austin Archey running some wildcat for us.”

The Pirates will likely lean on returning back Roger Barcheers to ease into their passing game this season. The junior is approaching 3,000 yards for his career after rushing for 1,497 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

Poteau also returns a strong defense led by Archey at linebacker. He led the team with 143 tackles a year ago.

“After last year, our kids expect to do well,” Werner said. “We may have snuck up on some people then, but we’ve got the target on us now and that’s a good thing.”


Metro Christian is moving into Class 4A after having won five straight district titles in 3A.

If the Patriots are going to make it six consecutive titles, they’ll need continued production from their talented passing attack.

A strong season is expected from junior quarterback Abe Anderson (6-foot-3, 215 pounds), who passed for 1,436 yards and 23 touchdowns to just three interceptions last season.

The Patriots also return top receiver Jake Koenig. The junior scored 10 touchdowns while setting team highs with 48 receptions for 975 yards a year ago.


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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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