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TULSA WORLD HIGH ON BA FOOTBALL AS SPRING PRACTICE BEGINS

Tulsa World high on BA football as spring practice begins

BARRY LEWIS

Tulsa World | 5/21/2018

Last year, Owasso won its first solo state championship as it ended the 21-year stranglehold that Jenks and Union had on the gold ball in the state’s largest classification. Broken Arrow could be this year’s breakthrough team. The Tigers have many returning starters after reaching the Class 6AI semifinals, including linebacker Zach Marcheselli, who has 10 major college offers, and defensive back Myles Slusher, who has seven, as well as rushing leader Noah Cortes and wide receiver Matt Kaiser, who is gaining major-college attention.

“All our coaches are back; that is a giant bonus,” Tigers head coach David Alexander said. “We are so far ahead, miles ahead of where we were last spring when we were just trying to get the base fundamentals in. This group of kids is so fun to come to work with every day.”

The Tigers’ only question mark seems to be who will be the starting quarterback. It’s a battle between last year’s backup, Gavin Potter, and Tate Robards, a move-in from Collinsville.

“Gavin’s biggest asset is his physical toughness,” Alexander said. “He has Teflon confidence. He will be a guy that a good play or bad play will not affect his next play. Tate has done a fantastic job — he looks like a chiseled quarterback at 6-2 and 215 pounds. He throws a great football, he’s smart. We know Gavin — for Tate, spring ball is going to be important to see Demeco (Roland) rushing at him or playing across from Zach Marcheselli, to see players at 6A speed.”

TULSA WORLD PLAYER TO WATCH Demeco Roland, DL, Broken Arrow
The senior has the potential to be the dominating presence on the defensive line that North Texas signee Derrick Shaw was last year for the Tigers. “I’ve never had a player come so far as Demeco has,” coach David Alexander said. “When he was a sophomore when he first got over here after wrestling I didn’t think that he was going to stick it out, sometime after wrestling in April he just decided he wanted to be a good football player, Demeco has transformed his body — he weighs 290, looks like 265. He will be a wrecking machine this year. He’s going to be an under-the-radar guy. Demeco didn’t play as a sophomore and didn’t start coming on until halfway through his junior year. He’s going to be a breakout guy, there’s no doubt about it. He’s had a great winter, (and) he looks great.”
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