Which teams have the best chance to stop Hennessey from winning a third straight championship?
Millwood is ranked No. 2, which makes the Falcons the logical choice, but Hennessey has defeated them in the semifinals each of the last two years. The young Falcons will have to snap that skid first.
At No. 4, Davis knows how to win in the playoffs, but Hennessey had the Wolves' number in the 2010 title game. Vian seems to have a team perfectly designed for late-November football, with a strong, experienced offensive line opening holes for power back Rowdy Simon.
How will the new coach and quarterback impact Hennessey's offense?
Don't expect major changes for the Eagles, though junior QB Dylan Hatchel will be more of a running threat, while last year's signal-caller, Trey Leu, was a gifted thrower. Hatchell is a junior, but he has been starting in the secondary the last two years, so experience isn't an issue.
According to players, new coach Rick Luetjen is very similar to former coach Shannon Watford, who is now at Purcell. Promoting from within maintained a good level of continuity, and the focus of the program stayed the same.
Who is the best player in the class?
Class 2A is full of potential stars, and many of them are underclassmen, like juniors Larry Lambeth of Millwood and Tazden Jevens of Dibble. OCS quarterback Austin Brooks and Hennessey running back Levi Hill could be in line to lead their teams to great seasons.
But offensive lineman Rob Boyd of Vian is the best player in 2A. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior was being recruited by programs all across the country before committing to Tulsa earlier this year.
By Scott Wright