Skill players key for Stroud
As Chris Elerick enters his 17th season as a head coach and eighth at Stroud, he'll have an experienced group of players returning at the skill positions, particularly on offense, as the Tigers try to work their way into the mix for the Class 2A title.
Picked as the district favorite in 2A-5, Stroud will be lead by senior Marc Gooch, a two-year starter who shifts from receiver to quarterback, where he will replace Alex Hinds. And the Tigers return Austin Dunn at receiver/safety.
The Tigers have a trio of linebackers back in the mix, with Alex Boodt, Chipper Clovis and Wade McCracken.
Several coaches across the state predicted Stroud as a top-10 team in Class 2A.
SIZE AND EXPERIENCE ON OKEMAH OL
Coach Joe Turner knows where his strength is heading into the season.
“We've got an experienced offensive line. Big and physical,” he said.