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Oklahoma high school football: Del City looks to raise the bar this year

DEL CITY -- Coming off its best season since 1976, Del City will look to raise the bar this year. 

With six Eagle defensemen holding Division-I offers, there’s no secret Del City will put a talented defense on the field. 

But coach Mike Dunn believes there’s more to the team than just the stellar defense who’s been nicknamed Code Red.

“It’s probably our most complete team so far,” Dunn said. “Our offensive line, I think, is what’s going to finally separate us. We’ve either been really big and not really athletic or a bit small and athletic and tough. I think we’re kind of combining the two this year.” 

Not only is Dunn impressed with the offensive line but also his receiver corps led by the 6-foot-3, 215 pound Sherrod Davis, who was No. 28 on The Oklahoman’s 2021 Super 30 list. 

Davis will likely be a prime target for senior quarterback Jahkobie Smith, who is making the switch to quarterback from running back after the Eagles graduated three-year starter, Quinlan Ganther.  

It’s a transition Dunn has no worries Smith, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last season, can make. 

“He played quarterback as a sophomore when Quinlan Ganther got hurt,” Dunn said. “Jahkobie started in seven games and he balled out. He’s got some experience, he’s played the position. Everyone is going to think he’s a runner, which he is, but he can throw the ball equally as well.” 








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Del City head football coach Mike Dunn watching the Eagles practice on Aug. 11, 2020. (JAMES D. JACKSON / THE OKLAHOMAN)

Del City head football coach Mike Dunn watching the Eagles practice on Aug. 11, 2020. (JAMES D. JACKSON / THE OKLAHOMAN)

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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