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Warner Eagles – 2021 Pigskin Preview Feature – Presented By CROSS

Warner Eagles
Coach: RAFE WATKINS

Last 7 Years:

2020 – 8-5

2019 – 4-7

2018 – 0-10

2017 – 1-9

2016 – 3-8

2015 – 2-7

2014 – 3-7

OFFENSE

After the Eagles reached the Class A quarterfinals in 2020, Warner will seek a higher flight in 2021 as veteran coach Rafe Watkins takes the reins as head coach with five starters returning to the offensive unit. Mason Jim (5-8, 185, Sr.) returns to the backfield for a fourth season as the workhorse in Watkins multi-formation ground game having totaled 3,560 yards including 21 100 yard-plus games entering his senior season joined by Julian Hensley (5-9, 170, Jr.) who averaged 5.2 yards per carry a year ago. Adam Thompson (6-0, 160, Jr.) and Jace Jackson (6-1, 170, So.) took the bulk of the snaps at quarterback last year and will continue to bring added confidence to the backfield with a pair of experienced wide receivers Jeremiah Person (5-9, 165, Sr.) and Callen Park (6-1, 180, Sr.) as primary targets. The Eagles will continue to rebuild the offensive front to secure the prowess of the Eagles ground game with Ty Vinson (6-0, 195, So.) and Braxton Williams (5-6, 200, Jr.) working their way on the field. “We will be doing what I have believed in for 29 years coaching football and that’s run the football,” Watkins said with confidence. “Our variable formations will give us options in the passing game.” 

DEFENSE

With the experience of seven returning starters, the Eagles expect to be able to stop the opponents ground game.  The 3-4 alignment will showcase the abilities of defensive ends James McKenzie (5-11, 180, Sr.) who made 47 tackles a year ago and Hunter Girty (6-0, 200, Sr.) who charted six sacks. Experience will be evident at linebacker including Joey McGirty (5-9, 190, Sr.), who recorded 77 tackles including

five stops for minus yards, reunited with Carson Parks (6-0, 210, Sr.) who topped the tackle charts with 84 last season.  The Eagles defense created 23 turnovers last year including 16 pass interceptions including the efforts of free safety Callen Park who grabbed six interceptions returns with Jeremiah Person and Mason Jim leading the attack as well as Cole Person (5-9, 150, Fr.) who is one of several talented freshmen that Watkins expects to compete for action. “We’ve got a lot of work to do before the season starts but the pieces are here to continue to build upon the recent success,” replied Watkins. “For sure, against the teams in our district, we’ll have to stop the run.”

Schedule:

9-3 – vs. Savanna

9-10 – at Henryetta

9-17 – vs. Chouteau

9-24 – at Gore

10-1 – vs. Colcord

10-8 – at Central Sallisaw

10-14 – at Talihina

10-22 – vs. Canadian

10-29 – at Hulbert

11-5– vs. Porter

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