Cordell coach Dustin Beasley believes, with seven returning starters on both sides of the ball, his Blue Devils will finish much better in the district this year. The open position that isn't set is the defensive end spot.
“We're trying to figure out who best fits,” Beasley said. “But we have about four kids that can do it.”
Beasley, in his fifth year at Cordell, said there are a number of skill players and offensive lineman who stand out.
There's four players on defense who have three years of experience. There's defensive back Colton Henson, who has started almost every game on defense as well as offense. Then there's quarterback Tyler Beasley, who compiled 4,400 yards in his first two seasons.
Snyder will count on just three seniors with starting experience. One of those is MacKenzie Gamblain, a two-way starter at offensive tackle and defensive end.
For Apache, look toward senior quarterback Tyler Freeman and junior wide receiver Jalen Demebo. The 6-2, 210-pound Freeman is a three-year starter, as is the 5-9, 160-pound Demebo.
District A-2 coaches' poll
1. Hollis (9-2)
2. Thomas (11-1)
3. Apache (8-3)
4. Cordell (3-7)
5. Sayre (1-8)
6. Buns Flat-Dill City (0-10)
7. Snyder (5-6)