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.
During Tuesday's opening practice for the Bluejays, Hinds was noticeably walking the sidelines.
“I'm just trying to stay busy,” he said. “I want to be out here with my team, my family. I do what I can to coach up some of the players who are replacing me.”
Hinds recorded 123 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions as a sophomore, and had high hopes for this season.
Now, he is leaning on advice from senior Kai Callins, who missed last season with a torn ACL he suffered in last season's opening game.
“The main thing he said is watching the team is the hardest thing to do,” Hinds said. “But he said mostly stay strong, come out here and support us and we're here to have your back.”
CASHION LEANING ON FRESHMAN QB
Cashion has had a string of success with quarterbacks, going from Cayden Cochran to Jeremy Seaton to the most recent graduate Ty Reasnor.
Now, the Wildcats will turn to freshman Matt Harman this season.
“He's looked really good so far through all the spring and summer stuff we've done,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “He looks the part. He's just going to have to overcome being a freshman, but if he can minimize the freshman mistakes I think we'll be all right offensively.”
Reasnor threw for more than 3,000 yards and 45 touchdowns last season, leading Cashion to the Class A semifinals. He is now at Emporia State.
Harman marks the first time in Shackelford's history Cashion will start a freshman quarterback.
Shackelford, though, believes he will have a good season. More importantly, he's impressed with how the rest of the team has reacted around Harman.
“I haven't had one kid raise concerns, which I think speaks volumes for Matt and his work ethic and his understanding of what we're doing on offense,” Shackelford said. “Hopefully, it'll pan out for us in the long run. I think it will. I'll be surprised if he doesn't have a good year.”
JAGUARS STAY ACTIVE
Westmoore coach Billy Langford likes when his entire team is doing something.
“I don’t like when people are just standing around,” Langford said.
That’s why while his offensive and defensive lines ran blocking drills, his skill players ran routes and his quarterbacks worked on movement.
The Jaguars’ quarterbacks continued to battle. Devon Navarro and Bryson Lee took snaps back-to-back.
But the main thing Langford focused on was his players’ consistency.
“Your consistency on the field matters today and tomorrow,” he said. “You can’t be good one day and bad the next. You have to be good everyday ... that will make you better citizens.”