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High school football: District 5A-1 preview

by Trent Shadid Published: July 31, 2014

Del City quarterback Terry Wilson showing progress

Last season, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson won a three-way battle for the starting job as only a 15-year-old sophomore.

At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, his size, arm strength, and running ability made him one of the most talented young players in the state. After accounting for seven touchdowns over four games, Wilson’s season ended with a broken collarbone in Week 5.

Since then, he’s continued to develop the mental side of his game to go along with his natural abilities.

“Terry understands more about what we’re doing offensively heading into this year,” said Del City coach Nick Warehime. “He was only able to play four games last year, and he was 15-years-old. Now that he’s had the opportunity to be with us for two years and prepare over the spring and summer, he’s progressively gotten better with reading the defense and things like that.”

The Eagles expect to run much of the same offense from a year ago, which will allow Wilson to use his running ability in the option-read game.

Along with Wilson, Del City returns big-play threat Davion Freeman. After primarily playing cornerback and on special teams as a junior, Freeman is expected to also play receiver and in the backfield this season.


As Wes Brower takes over as the new head coach at El Reno, he hopes to help return the once strong program to success.

Since going 12-1 in 2009, El Reno has had four consecutive losing seasons. Although the program doesn’t have a state title, the Indians have finished runner-up five times and were a regular championship contender in the 1990s and 2000s.

“We’re going to try to build championship football again here at El Reno,” said Brower, who was an assistant on the 1999 runner-up team at El Reno. “We we’re playing some pretty good football back then and I understand what that’s about. I feel like El Reno can produce those teams again. We’ve got some work to do, but that’s what we’re heading for.”

Brower spent 13 years as the coach at Sayre before returning to El Reno as an assistant last season.


El Reno isn’t the only 5A-1 school with some tradition breaking in a new head coach this season.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
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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