District 4A-3 Football Preview

Tuesday, August 22nd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

District 4A-3

District Prediction

1. Collinsville
2. Miami
3. Skiatook
4. Grove
5. Oologah
6. Jay
7. Stillwell
8. Pryor

Six Players to Watch

1. Bubba Carlisle- Collinsville- Offensive Lineman- Massive size at 6’6”, 340 lbs. Most every college wants to ink this guy. His real name is Charles. He goes by Bubba. I’d call him Mr. Carlisle.
2. Micah Stinnett- Grove- Wide Receiver- 6’4” 218 lbs. Plays h-back, that’s a combination of tight end and wide receiver, for the Ridgerunners. He’ll likely be a tight end in college.
3. Chad Palm- Jay- Wide Receiver- 6’3” 195 lbs. Combination of size and speed. Great hands and good route runner.
4. Joe Ferguson- Grove- Quarterback- Check out these stats: 2,000 yards passing, 18 td’s and 63% completions. For many guys that’s a career, for him it was just a nice junior year.
5. Tommy Duncan- Skiatook- Linebacker- Led the team in tackles in ’99. Will also play QB in 2000.
6. Craig Williams- Miami- Running Back- 5’9” 180 lbs. Rushed for nearly 1,200 yards in ’99.

Six “Can’t Miss” Games

1. September 1st- Miami at Glenpool- First game of the season should pit two of 4A’s top ten teams. For Miami it’s the beginning of a murderous stretch to open the season. Glenpool- Ft. Gibson- Bixby
2. September 15th- Grove at Vinita- Great QB match-up between Ferguson of Grove and Jermaine Landrum of Vinita.
3. November 3rd- Skiatook at Collinsville
4. August 31st- Claremore at Oologah
5. September 15th- Catoosa at Collinsville
6. September 15th- Jay at Nowata

Team Capsules

Head Coach: Lance West
Last Year: 9-3
Strength: Here are the respective weights of the five starting offensive linemen: 340, 275, 265, 240, 225. That sounds more like a service academy than a high school team.
Question Mark: Must replace Brett Francis at QB.
Outlook: Whoever that replacement is will get plenty of time in the pocket. Cardinals are poised for a big run at state.

Head Coach: Bob Homer
Last Year: 4-6
Strength: There’s a ton of experience at skill positions. Starting QB, RB and two WR’s return from ’99.
Question Mark: Consistency. The Wardogs looked like world-beaters at times last year.
Outlook: If they’ll break the trend of playing down to the level of the competition, Miami could make lots of noise.

Head Coach: Jarrett hurt
Last Year: 8-3
Strength: Tons of seniors return from last year’s playoff squad.
Question Mark: The only position hit hard by graduation was offensive line. Only one starter returns.
Outlook: If big juniors and sophomores can block a playoff spot is likely.

Head Coach: Shane Holland
Last Year: 6-6
Strength: Defensive Line. Micah Miller and Micah Stinnett may be best end combo outside of 6A.
Question Mark: Lost all four starters from last year’s secondary.
Outlook: Four teams will battle for the last two playoff spots in this district. Grove will be one of the four.

Head Coach: Rocky Kime
Last Year: 5-6
Strength: Good team speed and solid returning backfield.
Question Mark: Defense was hit hard by graduation, especially the line.
Outlook: Teams still fear the Mustangs and rightly so.

Head Coach: Eddie Barnwell
Last Year: 3-7
Strength: Return every starter to every skill position on offense.
Question Mark: Three seniors graduated from the defensive line.
Outlook: If they can stop the run, they’ll be in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Head Coach: Jeff Streun
Last Year: 1-9
Strength: Average 235 pounds per man on the offensive line.
Question Mark: Lost QB Dusty Alexander.
Outlook: A solid replacement at QB could pull off a surprise or two.

Head Coach: Steve Jarboe
Last Year: 1-9
Strength: Lots of seniors and a big line. OL Josh Woolman (6’4”, 280 lbs.) is getting looks from several Big 12 schools.
Question Mark: Not much speed at the skill positions.
Outlook: Jarboe will begin his rebuilding project with a lot of good underclassmen.

District Previews

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

Class 4A district 2: Thursday, August 24
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