New El Reno football coach Wes Brower knows he has plenty of options at the tailback position.
He plans to use four, led by senior Cal Baker, who injured his knee in the second game last year and was lost for the season.
“That was a big loss for us last year,” Brower said. “It is a huge boost having him back this year. We are expecting big things out of him on both sides of the ball, but mainly on defense.”
Baker also is the starting safety for the Indians and the quarterback of the secondary, Brower said.
“He gets everybody lined up right,” Brower said. “He is very smart and does a great job of running our defense.”
Sophomores Hunter Baker and Nate Patterson will share time in the backfield with Cal Baker as will scatback Tavian Curry, who will provide a change of pace from the power game.
“He has really good speed and cuts well,” Brower said of Curry. “Hopefully we can keep some fresh legs in the backfield.”
OKCPS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TO BE HONORED
Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor will receive the Humanitarian Award from the Youth for Christ South Oklahoma City at their annual Life Lines fall banquet and silent auction for his efforts throughout the OKC school system.
The event will be held Sept. 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The fundraising event is designed to recognize the supporters and organizations whose contributions help YFC-South OKC.
For more information about the event, visit www.yfcsouthokc.org.
NORMAN NORTH’S HOGAN BUILDING ON VERSATILITY
Norman North’s Quan Hogan shined as a do-everything running back in his sophomore season a year ago.
Hogan rushed for 1,003 yards and caught 69 passes for 830 yards with 17 total touchdowns as a key part of a Timberwolves offense that averaged over 40 points per game.
This season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has continued to expand his game as the only returning skill position player outside of star quarterback John Kolar.
“I feel like I’m better all around,” Hogan said. “I’ve been working hard in practice to make myself better at running back and receiver, but I’ve still got a lot to learn. I need to step up and be a big factor for this team.”
Hogan’s college recruitment is expected to pick up heavily this season. He already holds a scholarship offer from Tulsa and says he’ll be prepared to play running back or receiver at the college level.
During last Thursday’s opening scrimmage against Edmond Santa Fe, Hogan made several plays out of the backfield and split out as a deep-threat receiver.
MCGUINNESS’ JARMAN INJURED
McGuinness’ quarterback battle twisted last week when senior Jennings Jarman suffered an ankle injury early in the Irish’s scrimmage at Lawton MacArthur.
Jarman was held out of the rest of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons and might not play in Thursday’s scrimmage at the Mustang Preview.
That would leave junior Jacob Mullins to receive the bulk of the plays.
“They both know how to operate our system, which is what we like,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “The thing I like about it was we were able to respond when a guy gets injured. The mentality didn’t change for us.
“We had a lot of things to worry about. Lawton Mac’s a really good football team, they put it on us but we learned a lot from it. We’ve got to correct our mistakes and get ready to go.”
Jones said there’s a good chance McGuinness plays both quarterbacks in next week’s season opener against top-ranked Shawnee.