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Oklahoma high school football: The Oklahoman’s 2020 Class 3A preseason rankings

Heritage Hall's Robert Mbroh (8) gets a slap on the helmet from River Faulkner (7) next to Phillip Smitherman (24) after Mbroh scored a touchdown against John Marshall last season. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]
Heritage Hall's Robert Mbroh (8) gets a slap on the helmet from River Faulkner (7) next to Phillip Smitherman (24) after Mbroh scored a touchdown against John Marshall last season. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

1. Heritage Hall (11-1): The Chargers return 14 starters from a football team that lost just one game last season. With stars Robert Mbroh and Melvin Swindle returning, the Chargers are championship ready.

2. Berryhill (9-2): Junior running back Chase Burke returns after rushing for more than 1,300 yards to go along with senior quarterback Jake Miller passing attack. With the defense returning seven starters, Berryhill fields talent and experience on both sides.

3. Tulsa Holland Hall (9-3): The Dutch have a lot to look forward to with senior quarterback Wallace Clark and defensive lineman Owen Ostroski returning after a dominant season.

4. Perkins-Tryon (10-2): The Demons four-year starting quarterback, Austin Mages, will lead an experienced offense this season as Perkins-Tryon will look to pick-apart opposing defenses with its multiple-spread offense.

5. Tulsa Lincoln Christian (14-0): The 2019 Class 3A state champions return only three starters on offense so the Bulldogs will lean on their experienced defense and senior linebacker Daymon Levell, who turned in 116 tackles and three sacks last season.

6. Sulphur (8-3): The Bulldogs nearly returned all of their starters on both sides of the ball, eight on offense and defense. With Sulphur’s defense allowing just 17.9 points per game last season, the Bulldogs are primed to be even better.

7. Verdigris (10-3): After advancing to the semifinals last season, the Cardinals return a high-powered offense that averaged 42.6 points per game with sophomore quarterback Dylan White and running back Caden Parnell leading the way.

8. Stigler (9-3): The Panthers return 15 starters from the team that advanced to the second round. Nine return on offense and six on defense with senior linebacker Bruce Engle, who collected 134 tackles and three interceptions last season, leading the way.

9. Plainview (11-2): The Class 3A state runner-up will have to regroup after graduating many of its key players. But with a talented group ready to take the next step, Plainview remains as one of the best teams in the state.

10. Kingfisher (7-5): The Yellowjackets will field an athletic group led by senior quarterback Cade Stephenson. Kingfisher’s no-huddle, spread offense will likely give opposing defenses problems this season.

11. Checotah (9-3): The Wildcats return seven starters on defense. But it will be junior running back Dontierre Fisher, who rushed for 1,062 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, that will give teams headaches.

12. Anadarko (4-6): Coach Kent Jackson returns to his alma-mater to lead the Warriors in their transition from Class 4A back to Class 3A. Jackson is the winningest coach in Anadarko history.

13. Lone Grove (6-4): After just missing the playoffs last year, the Longhorns are hungry for a playoff run this season. Junior linebacker Adrian Becker, who collected 125 tackles and three sacks last season, will lead Lone Grove.

14. Kingston (12-1): Advancing to the semifinals in Class 2A last year, Kingston is prepared for the jump to Class 3A. It returns eight starters on both sides of the ball, which includes senior star linebacker Bryant Watts.

15. Seminole (5-5): It appears seasoned coach Mike Snyder would face an uphill battle replacing many of his starters, but Seminole has a talented group ready to make a push for the playoffs.

16. Tulsa Central (6-4): The Braves will look to be more consistent this season after running off to a 5-0 start but then tailing off during district play of Class 4A. However, with joining Class 3A this season, Tulsa Central looks ready to make a possible playoff push.

Others: 17. Inola (6-5); 18. Madill (3-7); 19. Vinita (4-6); 20. Locust Grove (2-8); 21. Jay (4-6); 22. Dickson (3-7); 23. Pauls Valley (2-8); 24. Bridge Creek (3-7); 25. Little Axe (3-7); 26. Mount St. Mary (1-9); 27. Mannford (3-7); 28. McLoud (0-10); 29. Douglass (0-10); 30. Westville (0-10); 31. Tulsa Daniel Webster (0-10); 32. Sequoyah Tahlequah (6-5)

Cameron Jourdan and James D. Jackson, Staff writer

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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 ›