WAND TO REMAIN AT RUNNING BACK
Edmond Memorial's Warren Wand opened last season at quarterback before moving to running back.
That won't be the case this season.
Edmond Memorial coach Justin Meredith said Wand will remain primarily at running back, only taking snaps in a wildcat formation.
“We really want to just get the ball in his hands as much as we can and let him run around, but we felt like (him playing quarterback) really limited us offensively,” Meredith said.
Wand, a junior, rushed for 1,812 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He also completed 6 of 29 passes for 109 yards and one TD.
Meredith has yet to name a starter between senior Luke Booker and junior Mick Mayerske at quarterback.
EDMOND SANTA FE BIGGER, STRONGER
After losing to Tulsa Union in the state quarterfinals last season, Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning identified the weight room as a major area for the Wolves to improve.
The Wolves' staff met with former Midwest City coach Steve Huff during the offseason in College Station, Texas, to help develop and implement a new plan in the weight room. Manning said he has already noticed a difference.
“The kids did a great job of buying in to the hard work to the fact that it's a lot more taxing day to day in the weight room and we've gotten a lot stronger and more powerful as a football team,” Manning said.
Santa Fe, the nearly unanimous favorite to win the district title for a third straight year, returns four offensive linemen, including junior J.R. Hensley, who is already garnering recruiting interest from SEC and Big 12 schools.
MUSTANG'S EDWARDS BRINGS VERSATILITY, LEADERSHIP
At Edmond North, Jeremy Dombek played a different style of football than Mustang, which lived on the spread offense for the last decade under Ty Prestidge and Todd Dilbeck.
Dombek, a former college quarterback, has leaned more toward power football, but plans to run the type of system that fits his players.
And that will incorporate the running and passing abilities of quarterback Frankie Edwards.
“He'll have some designed runs, for sure,” Dombek said of the senior who threw for 2,603 yards and rushed for 631 with 37 total touchdowns. “He's not only a good quarterback, but a great leader.”
Offensively, Dombek will maintain a system similar to what the Broncos have run in the past, but the defensive schemes will be completely new.
“We like the guys we have on that side. They're exceptional kids who have been willing to learn all summer,” Dombek said. “But the defense is a full change, from philosophy to schemes to cover concepts.”
SOUTHMOORE OL STRONGER THAN EVER
Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman said the SaberCats' offensive line is the strongest its been in the history of the program.
The SaberCats are led by three-year starter Houston Tyler, who has been receiving interest from Yale and Penn.
But Southmoore is still looking for a quarterback this season after losing Tre Edwards to graduation. Brickman said it's possible that the battle between senior Jace Williams, sophomore Dunya Rice and freshman Conner Ueselton could come down to the first game of the season.
NORMAN MOVING DEAN TO QB
Norman returns five offensive starters from last season's quarterfinal team, but it's still struggling to find its identity, Norman coach Greg Nation said.
And that starts with moving Jakcob Dean to quarterback after starting the past two seasons at wide receiver.
The Tigers lost longtime quarterback Zach Long to graduation along with running backs Imond Robinson and A'eron Hines.
They do return two offensive lineman, including Cole Ridgway, and two tight ends.
*Lawton High's offensive line boasts four players weighing more than 300 pounds, including Jalin Barnett (6-foot-4, 315). Barnett, ranked No. 8 on the 2015 ESPN Junior 300 rankings, has offers from Auburn, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Stanford.
*Choctaw junior quarterback Jonah Llanusa enters his third year under center after throwing for 1,139 yards and rushing for 591 yards as a sophomore.
*Putnam City West returns six starters on each side of the ball, including senior linebacker and leading tackler Caleb Sturgeon.
District 6A-4 coaches' poll
1. Edmond Santa Fe (10-2)
2. Norman (9-3)
T3. Southmoore (7-4)
T3. Lawton (6-4)
5. Edmond Memorial (4-7)
6. Mustang (6-4)
7. Choctaw (1-9)
8. Putnam City West (1-9)