PLAYER TO WATCH: Christian Houston, RB/LB, Sr. — Houston will be critical to the success of the Wolverines on both sides of the ball, from running from the one-back offense to playing inside linebacker on defense. Houston has improved his 40-yard-dash time to 4.52, he's improved his strength to where he's benching 315 and he has other strong qualities as well. "Christian is a phenomenal asset on both sides of the ball," Coach Ryan Breeze said. "We're counting on him to be a leader on both sides of the ball."

OTHER NAMES TO KNOW: Romeo Blanton (Sr.) will put his name on an elite list when he starts the first game of the season, becoming a four-year starter on the offensive line. Blanton played the last three seasons at center but he's being moved to guard this year to utilize his quickness to lead the LHS backs on counters and other running plays. 

Houston will split time at running back with Devin Simpson and Drelan Swanson, a pair of fast juniors who also will play prominent roles in the defensive secondary. Junior Albert Baker and senior Antonio Galbreath are also players who will be featured in prominent roles on both offense and defense.

Caeleb Fuller (Sr.) returns after starting every game at cornerback and wide receiver last season. Esarian Gilmore-Kelly (Sr.) is another senior who is expected to bolster the receiving corps. Donovan Dorsey (Sr.) is the quarterback who will be counted on to make the right reads and get the ball to the fast backs and receivers.

CRUCIAL GAME: Oct. 16 vs. Stillwater — The Pioneers graduated quarterback Gunnar Gundy but they still return a bevy of talented players including running back Qwontrel Walker who the LHS defense will have to control if the Wolverines hope to contend in that key district matchup. The good news for LHS fans is the game will be at Cameron Stadium this season.

Quote of note: "Our defense has the potential to be better this season and that's a must with the schedule we face. We have an athletic back end and we think our defense will be great." — Lawton High Head Coach