Moore-area high school football notebook: Dennis McCray brings option to Crooked Oak

Former Washington High School coach Dennis McCray is taking over at Crooked Oak. When McCray resigned from Washington two years ago, he didn't plan to return to coaching.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 25, 2012
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McCray brings option to Crooked Oak

Former Washington High School coach Dennis McCray is taking over at Crooked Oak.


When McCray resigned from Washington two years ago, he didn't plan to return to coaching.

“When I quit, I figured that was it,” McCray said. “It just doesn't get out of your blood, I guess. I wanted to go one more go around.”

McCray is bringing option football to Crooked Oak and is counting on new quarterback Shauntrell Skanes, a junior who didn't play football as a sophomore.

“He is learning the offense,” McCray said. “We run a true triple option where he has to make the reads. He has to make a lot of quick decisions under fire. He's got a lot of potential.”

Taking some of the load off Skanes will be fullback DeAntre Hawkins, who rushed for 1,300 yards as a sophomore last season.

“In our option offense the fullback is the main guy,” McCray said. “He will get the bulk of the carries. He is a very physical runner with a lot of speed.”

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.”

Capitol Hill's Williams a big target

Capitol Hill could be on the verge of something special with tight end Marcus Williams.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior has already caught the eyes of a few college programs with his strong body and soft hands.


by Ed Godfrey
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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
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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
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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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