High School Football: Class 3A preview
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Sunday, August 26, 2012
8/26/12 at 6:59 AM
2012 High School Football Preview: Everything you need to get ready for the 2012 season.
Time flies when you're having fun. Mike Snyder has 298 wins in 32 years at the Seminole helm, including a state title in 1996 and four runner-up finishes.
Snyder usually makes the most of a good thing, and 2012 could be a big year. Standout running back Trent Newson rushed for 1,476 yards and 17 TDs last season, and eight defensive starters return from a team that outscored opponents 510-200 and didn't lose until the playoff quarterfinals.
Linebacker Lane King led the team with 100 tackles, and Stan Papi heads a talented secondary and averaged eight yards per rushing attempt.
2. Berryhill: The Chiefs took to the air last season and averaged 33.4 points per game.
3. OKC Heritage Hall: Barry Sanders and a host of others graduated, but Chargers have tradition on their side, with two state titles in the past four years.
4. Metro Christian: Can Patriots remain an offensive juggernaut with a new quarterback (Matt Woolslayer) in harness?
5. Kingfisher: Senior tailback Landon Nault rushed for 1,517 yards and 25 TDs last season.
6. Tahlequah Sequoyah: Sequoyah is averaging 38.2 points per game in Brayden Scott's three years at the controls.
7. Tuttle: Cooper Koons is a seasoned hand at quarterback, one of 18 returning starters.
8. Plainview: James Bowker, Chase Brooks and Brandon Nowell are key returnees from last year's 9-4, state quarterfinal squad.
9. Verdigris: Senior running back Tanner Smith has 52 TDs the past two years.
10. Lincoln Christian: Bulldogs were 47-8 over four seasons in Class 2A.
GAMES TO WATCH
No. 10 Lincoln Christian at No. 1 Seminole, Aug. 31: What a way for the Bulldogs to begin competition in a new class, by taking on the team favored for the state title.
No. 3 Heritage Hall at No. 5 Kingfisher, Sept. 21: Heritage Hall beat Kingfisher for the 2010 state title and last year's District 3A-3 crown. This should again decide the 3A-3 title.
Morris at Beggs, Oct. 26: Okmulgee County rivals have met 64 times since 1946. This could have a bearing on the 3A-6 title.
No. 4 Metro Christian at No. 2 Berryhill, Nov. 2: Patriots and Chiefs battle for 3A-5 bragging rights; both should go far in postseason play.
No. 10 Lincoln Christian at No. 6 Tahlequah Sequoyah, Nov. 2: Lincoln's streak of district titles could end at four in 3A-7 shootout.
Players in the World's top 10
Brayden Scott (Tahlequah Sequoyah QB, 6-3, 205, Sr.); Zach Webb (Metro Christian, OL-DL, 6-2, 280, Sr.)
Zach Jackson (Berryhill, QB, 6-2, 190): University of Arkansas baseball commit threw for 2,750 yards and 23 TDs last year, leading Chiefs to 3A semifinals.
other players to watch
Chris Baccus (Beggs, RB-LB, 6-2, 212): Rushed for 2,109 yards and 24 TDs and had 156 receiving yards last season.
Josh Giem (Hilldale, LB, 6-0, 230): Ranked among 3A leaders in tackles with 158, including 13 behind the line.
Austin Grauer (Lincoln Christian, QB, 5-8, 175): Threw for 2,865 yards and 31 TDs, pacing Bulldogs to the 2A quarterfinals.
Adam Lomenick (Bristow, QB, 6-1, 180): Threw for 2,168 yards and 26 TDs as a junior.
Berryhill quarterback Zach Jackson helped the Chiefs get to the 3A semifinals last season. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World file