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Mid-Del area football notebook: CHA excited about Colton Lindsey, Jacob Blair

Christian Heritage returns a strong group of skill position players on the offensive side, led by junior quarterback Colton Lindsey. Lindsey threw for around 1,500 yards as a sophomore.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 25, 2012

CHA excited about Lindsey, Blair

Christian Heritage returns a strong group of skill position players on the offensive side, led by junior quarterback Colton Lindsey.

Lindsey threw for around 1,500 yards as a sophomore.

“If you've got a quarterback, in this day and age, that can throw the ball, you're going to be in pretty good shape,” Crusaders coach John Merrell said. “He's got all of the tools that you want. He has an extremely quick release, a strong arm and he's accurate. You don't see that kind of package very often.”

One of Lindsey's primary targets will be senior tight end Jacob Blair.

The 6-foot-7 Blair figures to be a tough matchup for opposing defenses.

“A ball never hits his body when he's catching passes,” Merrill said. “He's got great hands and they're monster hands. They're twice the size of mine.”

Tecumseh hoping to avoid injuries

Last year, Tecumseh's luck with injuries could hardly have been worse.

After just two games, nine starters were out with various injuries.

The Savages came within a win of making the playoffs last year and Tecumseh coach Greg George thinks his team has a chance to make a run to the postseason this year in a tough district.

“The good part about it is we had guys get experience last year that they might not have gotten otherwise,” George said.

Defensively, George said his team would have to avoid big plays and make teams work for their points with a defense that is undersized.

“We've only got one really big kid,” George said. “We've got to try to use our athletic ability, move the fronts around a lot and be more of an opportunistic defense than we were last year.”

District gets tough for Little Axe

Little Axe coach Ted Dorrell thinks the Indians will be better this season, but being in a new district will make improving on last year's 5-5 record a tough chore.

“We have moved west with Tuttle and Blanchard and Jones and Bridge Creek,” Dorrell said. “It's a very tough district. We are going to have to mature up front. Staying healthy is a huge key for us. We don't have a lot of depth. We are one of the smaller schools in 3A.”

Little Axe is moving is starting running back from last season, Jeremy Smith, to quarterback.

“We decided that was the best move for us, to get the ball in his hands,” Dorrell said.

Meeker going to RB by committee

Meeker is looking to make it back to the playoffs this season after losing in the first round to Vian last year.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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
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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