Trey Burks

Sequoyah running back Trey Burks makes a run during Friday’s game in Miami.

Sequoyah was winless in 2018 for what is believed to be the first time in school history.

Thus, there is no place to go but up in 2019.

Sequoyah had a young team in 2018 and that will be the case again in 2019. The Eagles have only five seniors on the roster.

Two of those seniors that will be counted on heavily are Donovan Wilson at fullback and linebacker and Trevor Wood at wide receiver and safety.

"Donovan is strong and aggressive and will run through a wall for the team," Sequoyah coach Rob Gilbreath said. "Trevor will be a big target in the passing game."

The majority of starters for Sequoyah this year will be juniors.

That includes the duo of Malaki Zugelder and Reese Rumsey on both the offensive and defensive lines.

"Malaki is a big body and has good quickness for a lineman," Gilbreath said. "Reese has worked hard this summer to improve and will be expected to shine."

Two more juniors that figure to play big roles on both sides of the ball are Trey Burks at running back and linebacker and Tyler Kruis at receiver and corner.

"Trey works hard is a great leader on and off field," Gilbreath said. "Tyler is a hard worker and has good hands. He will also be taking on the kicking duties."

Finding wins will be challenging not only for the Eagles, but for everyone in district 3A-4, one of the toughest in the state in any class.

"There is not an easy one in this district," Gilbreath said. "Berryhill is the front runner again. Verdigris has a good ball club, and Cascia Hall is always tough."

The other four teams in the district all have some pedigree too.

Rogers County rival Inola has always been a tough game, regardless of team records.

Locust Grove and Jay have both won district titles in recent seasons. Vinita was in the playoff hunt a year ago and finished with an overall record of 6-4.

Sequoyah is a program that has been a traditional power for many years.

There may be a little bit of lull at the moment, but Gilbreath doesn't expect that to last long.

"Twenty-eighteen was not a typical year for Sequoyah," Gilbreath said. "We are definitely in a rebuilding stage here, but we have some good young talent coming so the future looks bright."

JON POTT’S DISTRICT 3A-4 PREDICTIONS

1. Berryhill

2. Cascia Hall

3. Verdigris

4. Locust Grove

5. Inola

6. Jay

7. Vinita

8. Sequoyah

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