Pond Creek-Hunter has only lost four games in the last two football seasons, all to Laverne. Pond Creek-Hunter coach David Kerr said it’s just a matter of time before that changes.
Leading the way will be senior running back Harley Comeau.
“He’ll be our mainstay,” Kerr said. “And our running backs catch the ball quite a bit out of the backfield.”
Versatility will be key for Pond Creek-Hunter, which is still looking for a starting quarterback.
Kerr said he encourages the dump-off pass to the running backs because of the talent Pond Creek-Hunter has in the backfield.
“You can throw it five yards, and if the running back runs 60, then it’s still a 65 yard play,” Kerr said. “They don’t have to throw it 40-50 yards every time if you get the ball in the athlete’s hands.”
Pond Creek-Hunter boasts a stout defense that includes T.J. Krittenbrink at linebacker and four-year starter in cornerback Devon McKee.
SEILING HAVING FUN AGAIN
Coach Bruce Hendrickson came out of retirement for the 2013 season and led Seiling to a 5-5 record, which included a brutal District B-1 schedule.
“It’s a playoff game every week,” Hendrickson said. “If you can finish in the top four in this district, you can play with anyone.”
Seiling didn’t have much experience last year, and Ehric Young hadn’t taken a snap at quarterback in his life. But Young threw for 25 touchdowns and more than 2,700 yards. He’s a senior this season.
“I knew after a day of practice he was our guy,” Hendrickson said. “He’s a good player, and I told him he can be special.”
MERRITT BRINGS A VETERAN GROUP IN 2014
Coach Barret Richardson said seniors make up most of his Merritt team.
Cody Pruitt is one of those seniors, and the linebacker is Richardson’s best defender.
“He’s hard to block, and he gets to the ball really well,” Richardson said.
Sophomore Tanner Mong will start at quarterback.
“He (Mong) has the ability to scramble around and find the receivers,” Richardson said. “He’s not a true pocket passer yet, but he’s got a good arm. If something breaks down he can run.”
Richardson said Devon Carnes is one of five returning starters on defense and will move from safety to linebacker.
“He’s come a long way,” Richardson said. “And I expect he’ll get better as the season progresses.”
Laverne is favored to win the district championship after winning state a year ago. The Tigers finished 14-0....Waukomis junior quarterback Justus Crites scored 34 touchdowns and combined for 2,300 yards rushing and receiving last season... Ringwood senior running back Eudaldo Gomez, a four-year starter, is a game-changer... Turpin returns a starter at every position from last year’s club that went winless in Class A... Pioneer is playing eight-man football again. The Mustangs won five state titles in late 1990s and early 2000s as an eight-man program... Canton returns seven starters on offense and six on defense... Kremlin-Hillsdale returns 14 starters, including nine seniors. The Broncs are moving up from Class C.
District B-1 Coaches’ Poll
1. Laverne (14-0)
2. Pond Creek-Hunter (12-2)
3. Seiling (5-5)
4. Merritt (8-3)
5. Pioneer (1-9)
6. Waukomis (3-7)
7. Ringwood (6-5)
8. Turpin (0-9)
9. Canton (3-7)
10. Kremlin-Hillsdale (3-6)
*Last year’s record in parentheses