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Originally posted August 27, 2012
Whenever a team has won four straight state championships, returns its head coach and many of its key players, as is the case with Union, it deserves to be ranked No. 1. Returning quarterback Hunter Atyia will throw to a pair of University of Tulsa commits - Chris Hall and Khalid Kornegay - behind an offensive line led by major college prospect Blake Mejia. A defense that stopped last-minute drives to preserve one-point wins in the last three playoff games last year is led up front by Oklahoma commit Dalton Rodriguez. The Redskins have a stellar linebacking corps that includes last year's title game hero, Coleby Evans, and the secondary is filled with playmakers. Special teams are strong again. There are no weaknesses. The only question mark is the lack of a proven running back, but Union has several candidates with potential.
2. Broken Arrow: The Tigers have the area's best running back, Devon Thomas, plus breakaway threat Cameron Wrenn, and an excellent defense after falling just short of a state title last year.
3. Jenks: Jordan Smallwood, Trey'Vonne Barr'e and a healthy Kyle Alexander at quarterback give the Trojans the potential to have the state's most explosive offense.
Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=227&articleid=20120826_227_HF6_CUTLIN286987