High school football: Southmoore lineman Drew Nickell done for the season

SaberCats coach Jeff Brickman: “We don't have a whole lot of guys that play both ways, but he's one of them because of the work ethic that he brings every day.”
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 20, 2012
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Carl Albert football coach Gary Rose is in an unusual spot this season.

For the first time since he can remember, Rose has to replace virtually every skill-position player he had.

The Titans will feature a new quarterback, new primary running back and a new set of receivers this season.

“It's definitely different,” Rose said. “We've got some potential this year. We've got some young kids that, if they come on, we can be pretty good.”

The flip side to that is Carl Albert returns a strong bunch of linemen, perhaps none more promising than junior defensive end/tight end Chantz Woodberry.

“We think Woodberry's going to be pretty special for us,” Rose said.

The Titans scrimmage Midwest City on Thursday.

LUIS WILL BE VITAL FOR ROCKETS

As they move into the second year under coach Chris Stiles, the Mount St. Mary Rockets are shifting to more of a run-based offense that will make offensive linemen vitally important.

Among them, guard Scott Luis is getting moved inside from tight end to use his size and athleticism to open holes.

But the biggest impact of the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Luis could be at defensive end, where he made 11 sacks last year.

“He could be one of the best defensive linemen in 3A,” Stiles said.

NAULT STILL MAKING PLAYS

Kingfisher's first play from scrimmage Friday night against Piedmont was reminiscent of many from last year, with Landon Nault running for a touchdown.

The Yellowjackets' star running back scored untouched on a 40-yard run the first time he touched the ball Friday night.

Nault rushed for 1,517 yards and 25 touchdowns last season as a sophomore.

“It was just like last year,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said.

Nault wants to have an even bigger season this year.

“I am always working to get better,” Nault said. “It felt great to get our here and get going and to get in an actual game situation. Our line looks awesome. They blocked really well. They are going hard every play and it helps me be successful.”

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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