District 4A-2 Football Preview


Wednesday, August 23rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


District 4A-2


District Prediction

1. Glenpool
2. Tecumseh
3. Mannford
4. Blackwell
5. Cushing
6. Tulsa Webster
7. Cleveland
8. McLoud

Six Players to Watch

1. Patrick Cobbs- Tecumseh- Running Back- 5’10” 185 lbs. Very strong and very fast, ran 4.5 second 40 yard dash at summer camp. Rushed for 1,800+ yards in 1999.
2. Marc Gouldsby- Tulsa Webster- Running Back- 6’0” 175 lbs. Moves to RB from QB for this season. Probably the best pure athlete in the district.
3. Courtney Tennial- Glenpool- Running Back- Is it too early in this sophomore’s career to consider him a top player in the state? Not according to opposing coaches. His 1,500+ yards as a freshman back them up. He’ll likely be top recruit in the state in 2002.
4. Dane Tannehill- Blackwell- Defensive End- 6’1” 220, 245 or 265 pounds, depending on who you ask. Regardless of his true weight, his real asset is great speed on the pass rush.
5. Will Aherberg- Cushing- Quarterback- 6’4” 200 lbs. He has college size and had a very good summer at the camps. He will throw more under a new offensive system.
6. Paul Hix- Mannford- Qaurterback- 6’2” 180 lbs. Any coach in the state that would like to have a three-year starter at QB raise their hand. Mannford has that luxury. Hix has thrown for 1,000+ yards in each of his first two seasons.

Six “Can’t Miss” Games

1. September 1st- Tecumseh at El Reno- Cobbs vs. El Reno defense. El Reno RB Marshall Chiles vs. Tecumseh defense. It should be fun to watch.
2. October 13th- Tecumseh at Glenpool- Preseason district 1 vs. 2 face off in a late-season matchup.
3. November 3rd- Mannford at Blackwell- Both teams have legitimate playoff aspirations. The season-ender could be very meaningful.
4. September 8th- Glenpool at Bixby- Bixby has high hopes in class 5A and a good offense. The early test will be good for Glenpool.
5. September 14th- Tulsa Memorial at Tulsa Webster- Strong city rivalry game will be played the same night a Jenks-Union. If you don’t want to stand in line at Skelly…
6. September 1st- Bristow at Cushing- Can Aherberg get the passing game working against a solid Pirate defense.

Team Capsules


Glenpool
Head Coach: Steve Edwards
Last Year: 10-2
Strength: Team speed. This team is loaded with talented skill players.
Question Mark: Offensive line must replace two graduates.
Outlook: Tennial will have his brother Earl blocking at fullback and Jay Bible moving to tight end. He’ll rack up the yards and Glenpool will rack up the wins.

Tecumseh
Head Coach: Chris McMullen
Last Year: 7-3
Strength: There’s experience at most positions as the Savages return 14 starters from last year.
Question Mark: Lost a very good tight end and two outside linebackers from last year.
Outlook: This district is loaded with good running backs and Cobbs is the best. He’ll carry Tecumseh to the playoffs and will compete for district champs.

Mannford
Head Coach: Kurt Boomer
Last Year: 6-5
Strength: Returning starters have plenty of game experience. Linebackers are strong with senior Ryan Woody and three terrific juniors.
Question Mark: There’s not much depth, especially on the lines. Must find new tailback and fullback.
Outlook: Boomer will try to prove that he really has this program turned around. It looks like he does.

Blackwell
Head Coach: Steve Langdon
Last Year: 2-8
Strength: Eight starters return to the defense.
Question Mark: There’s a lack of tradition at Blackwell. Do the players know how to win?
Outlook: The move from 2-8 one year to the playoffs the next is not easy. There is enough talent on this squad to get it done.

Cushing
Head Coach: Joey Witcher
Last Year: 1-9
Strength: Defense returns eight starters. The skill positions are fast and deep.
Question Mark: The offensive line lost four starters. Projected starters aren’t extremely big.
Outlook: New staff should help morale and quality of play. Aherberg’s adjustment to new offense is too unknown to pick the Tigers for a playoff spot. That doesn’t mean they can’t do it, though.

Daniel Webster
Head Coach: Jim Harper
Last Year: 2-8
Strength: 13 seniors and 15 starters return from last year’s team.
Question Mark: Offensive line play was not so hot in ’99.
Outlook: There’s a lot of experience on this team. District coaches are leery about last season’s results.

Cleveland
Head Coach: Jim Frazier
Last Year: 3-7
Strength: Returning starters at skill positions had very good years in ’99.
Question Mark: Offensive line doesn’t have great overall size.
Outlook: There are good underclassmen at key positions. Next year could be big for Cleveland.

McLoud
Head Coach: Wayne Jaggars
Last Year: 1-9
Strength: Many of the skill players are young, but experienced.
Question Mark: Lost a senior QB, but Bryan Hack is a junior move-in from California.
Outlook: Hack is too big a question mark right now to get a good read.

District Previews

Eight-man Districts
Class A Districts
Class 2A Districts
Class 3A Districts
Class 4A district 4
Class 4A district 3

Class 5A district 4: Friday, August 25
Class 5A district 3: Monday, August 28
Class 6A district 4: Tuesday, August 29
Class 6A district 3: Wednesday, August 30