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Class B football Districts 5-8 previews: Coaches' polls, storylines, players and games to watch

Tulsa Regent Prep's Braden Gilbert is hit by Shattuck's Samuel Long during last year's Class B state title game won by Shattuck. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Tulsa Regent Prep's Braden Gilbert is hit by Shattuck's Samuel Long during last year's Class B state title game won by Shattuck. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Top storylines

Can Keota regroup? The Lions graduated 10 seniors leaving them with just three returning starters on both sides of the ball. Coming off an impressive season, they will need many of their athletes to step in and pick up where the team left off.

Can Davenport take the next step? Davenport advanced to one game away from the state championship last season. After losing two of its three linemen, the Bulldogs will be inexperienced on the line of scrimmage. But will return their quarterback and 6-foot-7 tight end Casey Harelson, who they expect to have an impactful season.

How will Covington-Douglas look in the new class? Covington-Douglas will make its Class B debut, moving up from Class C. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the Class C playoffs last season before being defeated by the eventual champs. As Covington-Douglas returns depth on the offensive line and a great combo at quarterback and receiver, it will look to make a big impact in its new class.

Players to watch

Joseph Acord, LB/OL, Davenport: Acord is coming off a dominant season where he helped lead Davenport to within one game from the 2019 Class B state championship game. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound linebacker recorded 109 tackles, two interceptions and one sack as a junior.

Parker Smith, RB/WR/DB, Covington-Douglas: Smith nabbed 65 catches for 1,146 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore last year. With Covington-Douglas moving up a class, the 5-10, 160-pound receiver will likely garner more attention in the 2020 season.

Key games

Barnsdall at Covington-Douglas, Week 7: This matchup will consist of two teams that spent last season in a different class, but were dominant. This game will likely have an impact on playoff seeding if the two make their Class B playoff debuts. Barnsdall, which averaged 33 points a game and 5,700 yards last season, will test the Covington-Douglas defense.

Regent Prep at Davenport, Week 10: Last season, these two teams were involved late in the playoffs with Davenport advancing to the semifinals and Regent Prep making it to the finals of Class B. A win for either team in this regular-season finale will likely decide the district championship and give the winner confidence heading into the postseason.

Coaches’ poll

B-5

1. Dewar (12-1)

2. Weleetka (8-4)

3. Wetumka (4-7)

4. Webbers Falls (3-8)

5. Quinton (2-5)

6. Porum (3-7)

B-6

1. Keota (8-3)

2. Summit Christian (8-4)

3. Arkoma (5-6)

4. Gans (4-7)

5. Watts (8-3)

6. Cave Springs (1-9)

B-7

1. Pioneer-Pleasant Vale (9-4)

2. Covington-Douglas (7-5)

3. Garber (4-7)

4. Yale (2-9)

5. Barnsdall (9-4)

6. Olive (0-10)

B-8

1. Davenport (11-3)

2. Regent Prep (14-1)

3. Depew (6-6)

4. Prue (7-4)

5. Drumright (0-9)

6. Foyil (3-7)

*-Last year's records in parenthesis

James D. Jackson, Staff writer

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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