Talihina a cut above the restDistrict A-6 coaches were unanimous in two things: Talihina, coached by Kelly Gravitt, has the best talent of any team and junior quarterback Jordan Eagle Road of Talihina is the player to watch in the district. Talihina went 11-1 last season, going undefeated in the regular season before losing to Woodland in the second round of the Class A state playoffs. There aren’t too many more honors Eagle Road can pick up at this point. As a freshman, he was Newcomer of the Year. He was the MVP last year as a sophomore, accounting for 33 touchdowns. But the strength of Eagle Road alone won’t carry the team. Fullback James Brigance is also one of the top players in the district.
Line to anchor Central SallisawWhen asked what the strength of his team will be, Central Sallisaw coach Wade Couch didn’t bring up a returning quarterback or a star running back. Couch said the strength will be his offensive line. "We’ve got four starters coming back. They all had really good summers and are excited for this season,” Couch said. "They’re extremely consistent.” Anchoring the way will be Cole Dillard, Alex Taylor, Dakota Tanner and Jacob Lattimore. Couch said depth may be a concern. The Tigers had 40 players out last season but only have 30 players so far for this season.
Walker ready to fill voidSavanna coach James Bond knows his team isn’t the biggest, but the Bulldogs make up for that with their team speed. Leading the way will be quarterback Landon Walker, who is replacing Central Oklahoma signee Taylor McBane. "He’s really stepped in and has embraced the role,” Bond said. His No. 1 target will be wide receiver Reedis James, who Bond said has also developed into a leader.
Extra pointsAt 6-5 and 290 pounds, Gore’s Ethan James is one of the biggest kids in the district and coach Brandon Ellis loves his work ethic. ... Porum’s Clint Strain is moving to running back after starting at wide receiver last year. ... Quinton has a pair of big linemen to anchor the front in Jake Murray (6-2, 265 pounds) and Cameron Dismuke (6-2, 285).
DISTRICT A-6 COACHES POLL →1. Talihina (11-1) →2. Central Sallisaw (10-2) →3. Savanna (7-4) →4. Gore (8-3) →5. Quinton (4-6) →6. Warner (4-6) →7. Pocola (5-4) →8. Haileyville (2-7) →9. Porum (2-8) →10. Keota (0-10)