Morrison returns six players on both sides of the football from a team that went 11-2 last season. The Wildcats swept through district play with a 6-0 record before losing to eventual state champ Ringling in the semifinals. Coach Corey Bales said the team will lean on Jordan Quintana for most of its support. The quarterback will work behind an offensive line that has four seniors.
“Jordan’s a great runner and a great thrower,” Bales said. “But you can’t run him 30 times and expect him to stay healthy.”
Morrison graduated its leading rusher and leading tackler from last season. Bales said Austin Hunsinger will move from defensive end to middle linebacker to help.
“He’s got a big job, but I think he’s up for it,” Bales said. “He’s been in the thick of things. He’s a three-year starter.”
SOPHOMORES LEAD HOMINY
Hominy will once again rely on the running of Tanner McElwey. The sophomore rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a freshman.
“He had almost 1,000 yards and didn’t play in two games last year. He put on 20 to 25 pounds, and he’s expecting bigger this year,” Hominy coach Scott Harmon said.
Hominy has a quarterback competition brewing, and Harmon said it’s a good one. Junior Armony Lowery and freshman Daven Collins, who switched from receiver, are battling for the starting job.
Senior defensive end Charles Crawford will play an important role in Hominy’s defense. Harmon said Crawford isn’t the strongest kid, but he uses his quickness to get to the quarterback and changes directions as good as anyone.
Drumright coach Chuck Terry has one son calling the plays and another taking snaps. Dylan Terry, a former Southern Nazarene quarterback, joins his dad to help junior quarterback Logan Terry turn around a Drumright program that only won one game in 2013… Mounds moves down to Class A from 2A after going 6-4 last season.
District A-6 Coaches’ Poll
1. Kiefer (11-2)
2. Morrison (11-2)
3. Mounds (6-4)
4. Hominy (6-6)
5. Barnsdall (5-6)
6. Drumright (1-9)
7. Yale (5-5)
*Last year’s record in parentheses