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West OKC metro notebook: Linebacker key to PC West defense

PC West coach Rocky Martin is a former Colorado State linebacker, and that position looks to be a position of strength for the Patriots this season.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: August 30, 2013
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Rocky Martin played linebacker at Colorado State. He was a linebackers coach when he came to Putnam City West as an assistant a few years ago.

And that position looks to be the strength of the Patriot defense as Martin enters his second year as head coach.

A trio of senior linebackers are among the six returning starters on the PC West defense. That includes 6-foot, 210-pound Caleb Sturgeon, who had 85 tackles last season. Doug Jones and Loyd Spaugy return as well.

PIEDMONT'S QUARTERBACKS ARE BACK 

Piedmont senior Brett Adams may feel more at home back at his original position this year.

Adams made the switch last season from defense to quarterback after both of the Wildcats' quarterbacks suffered injuries.

Neither saw significant playing time.

Lucas Richert tore his ACL during a summer league basketball game, and then Josh Hampton broke his collarbone in a scrimmage. Richert will be the starting quarterback, and Hampton will serve as a wide receiver and backup.

“We're excited about having two quality guys back to run our offense,” Piedmont coach Craig Church said.

The Wildcats went 4-6 last season but return nine starters on defense, including Adams at outside linebacker.

WESTERN HEIGHTS LOOKS TO UPPERCLASSMEN 

After an 0-10 season, the only way to go for Western Heights coach Edward Polly and his Jets is up.

Polly will look toward two juniors and two seniors to be the difference-makers of his young team.

The Jets will be led by junior quarterback James Lewis, junior defensive tackle Cody Young, senior linebacker and offensive lineman Ernesto Hernandez and senior wide receiver and defensive back Jahwan Woods.

Of Lewis, Polly said, “nobody works harder.” Polly called Hernandez a leader and a “do everything” kind of player. He said Woods is a utility athlete and Young is “D-I material if he plays. He can be a beast if he wants to be.”

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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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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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