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West Oklahoma City metro area football notebook: Putnam City West building depth at skill positions

Now in 6A-II, the Patriots have a chance to compete against a schedule full of schools of similar size. And it helps that PC West is building some depth heading into this season, Rocky Martin’s third as head coach.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH, TRENT SHADID, ED GODFREY, CHRIS BRANNICK AND JONO GRECO Published: August 31, 2014
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Putnam City West building depth

The Class 6A split brings new life to programs like Putnam City West, which has been mired at the bottom of 6A for years.

Now in 6A-II, the Patriots have a chance to compete against a schedule full of schools of similar size. And it helps that PC West is building some depth heading into this season, Rocky Martin’s third as head coach.

“We’ve got some kids who can run, and they’re finally playing fast,” Martin said. “They’re understanding the schemes. They’ve been in the system for two years now. This last spring and summer, we’ve been talking to them about playing fast and playing physical. Don’t think, just react.”

The secondary got a big boost with the move of Jordan Eubanks from defensive end to safety. Undersized for the defensive line at 185 pounds, Eubanks used his speed to produce 16 sacks last year.

EL RENO OFFENSE GOING OLD SCHOOL

El Reno is changing from a spread offense to old school football this season as the Indians look to improve from last year’s 4-6 record.

The Indians plan to get into the I-formation and pound defenses with a group of tailbacks and an offensive line that returns four starters.

“We are going to have to adjust to playing physical football,” said first-year El Reno coach Wes Brower. “I think it fits our personnel better. I think we are better suited for that and it’s my brand of football. I like playing physical football.”

On defense, the Indians return their leading tackler from last season in sophomore linebacker Braxton Flick.

PIEDMONT FACING TOUGH TASK IN 5A

New head coach Drew Gossen takes over at Piedmont at a time when the Wildcats are taking a major step up in competition.

Not only is Piedmont moving from Class 4A to Class 5A this season, but it is moving to one of the state’s toughest districts.

District 5A-2 includes perennial playoff programs Guthrie, Carl Albert, McGuinness and Deer Creek.

With six starters returning on both sides of the ball from last year’s 4-6 team, Gossen thinks his club can compete in the new district.

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