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Oklahoma City-area football notebook: Capitol Hill's Marcus 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.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 25, 2012

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.

“I really see Marcus as a big-time playmaker for us,” coach Jason Webster said. “He was an offensive tackle as a freshman. He was a little undersized, but he had tremendous heart. When we moved him to tight end, his natural position, he has been a mismatch.

“He can block defensive ends easily and in the passing game, he gets against smaller guys and can really use his power.”

Northeast's Pina takes over at QB

New Northeast coach Kenny Blair doesn't have a lot of experience to work with anywhere on the field, but he has a quarterback with a winning mentality.

Junior Shawndale Pina steps into the QB role for the Vikings, just a few months after helping Northeast to the Class 2A state basketball championship.

The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete was a starter there, and also ran track in the spring. He's joined in the backfield by another youngster, sophomore running back Elijah Bronner.

They'll be playing behind one of the few returning starters on the team, offensive lineman Nate Beller, a 6-foot, 310-pound senior.

Centennial looking to take next step

With new coach Don Willis returning to Oklahoma City after spending eight years in Texas, Centennial has its eyes on a turnaround.

Centennial has struggled to build its football program since 2007, when the school opened. But success in other sports, including back-to-back state titles in boys basketball, lead Willis to believe the school can succeed in football, too.

“When I first got the job, people kept telling me, ‘Coach, you've got a lot of talent there. You've just to get them out of the halls,'” Willis said. “The kids who are out are buying in and doing a good job, but we don't have the numbers yet.”

Willis will focus on utilizing the team's speed, with gifted athletes like Trevon Threatt, Malcolm Mitchell, Terrance Barnes and Terry Davis in a variety of roles.

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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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