Storylines abound in area this fall
With the high school season barreling its way around the corner, this week we're offering a few early storylines awaiting in area fall sports.
Season opens: Sept. 4
Altus, Duncan seeking growth with new coaches: Craig Benson (Duncan) and Jeremy Reed (Altus) are the new head coaches charged with lifting up the area's two biggest programs outside the city of Lawton. Without an influx of new players (Altus actually lost its star athlete, Taven Birdow, when he transferred out of state this summer) much will be made of what kind of offenses Benson and Reed implement. Duncan will likely switch to a faster-pace spread attack, as Benson has alluded to, while Reed said Altus' offense will operate under the Flexbone.
Anadarko: Where do you start with this team?
The Warriors seek a second consecutive Class 4A state title; a fourth straight state title game appearance; a third straight Class 4A-1 district title; and can build on a 38-game regular-season win streak.
There's reason to believe Anadarko can run the table and land all four feats this year. Brandon Pollard returns at quarterback as a seasoned senior, and he's got weapons at wide receiver. Blue-chip college prospect Tramayne Wauahdooah, in addition to his linebacker duties, will give the Warriors a bruising ball carrier in the backfield. The list of talent goes on, which is unfortunate for other teams in Class 4A.