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Notebook: OSSAA board to vote on ADM

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: August 13, 2013
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The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will vote Wednesday morning to approve the new Average Daily Membership that was released in July, making it official how Class 6A will be split in football beginning the 2014 season.

If approved, Putnam City becomes the final team in the new Class 6A Division I, barely edging Lawton High by 0.66 of a student.

In April, Class 6A voted in favor of a plan that splits the class into two separate divisions, each with its own postseason and own champion.

Once the average attendance numbers are approved, the football districts for 2014-15 can be determined, likely later this month.

PC DEFENSE LOOKING TO LINEBACKERS

Putnam City lost some size on the defensive line, but coach John Wofford hopes a strong group of linebackers can make up the difference.

Jamarcus Smith and Eric Weed both return as starters, and a couple of other players have experience.

“We have to control things with the linebackers,” Weed said. “As long as we work together as a unit, we can be good.”

Smith and Weed are the top two returning tacklers for the Pirates, who were 6-4 last year and narrowly missed the playoffs — a strong motivating factor through the offseason.

“My teammates always say they want to go win state. Well, we gotta be here every day, working hard,” Smith said. “You can't do a thing without hard work. Ain't nothing handed to you.”

 CARL ALBERT'S WOODBERRY GETTING A LOOK AT RB

 The Carl Albert backfield will have a different look this season with an experiment to put tight end Chantz Woodberry at running back.

The 240-pound Woodberry is a powerful runner, and an ideal complement to shifty quarterback Stevie Thompson, both as a ball-carrier and lead blocker.

“He's trying to get ready for it, but I think he's gonna shock some people,” said Thompson, The Oklahoman's All-State quarterback selection who rushed for 1,926 yards and 36 touchdowns last season. “It's gonna be real interesting.”

Garrett Asher rushed for over 800 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry at tailback last year. But Woodberry provides a different look than the 150-pound Asher.

GUTHRIE'S KELYN HINDS HOPING FOR OCTOBER RETURN

Guthrie junior safety Kelyn Hinds was shocked more than anything when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during spring practice.

Hinds suffered the injury on a non-contact play and underwent surgery three weeks later. He is ahead of schedule with his recovery and is hoping for an October return, though it could be pushed back to November or even next season.

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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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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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