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May 26, 2014

Chickasha must restructure ahead of fall

CHICKASHA —

Tom Cobble's resignation only adds to the list of needs in Chickasha football.

This summer will all been about searching, with the team short on backs and receivers along with four or five coaches the program needs to move forward. The biggest missing piece, the team's holy grail this summer, is a quarterback.

"It's going to be a long process, it's wide open really," Cobble said. "We've got a lot of good linemen. But quarterback, running back and wide receivers, the fruit basket's turned upside down there."

Cade Morris, the Fightin' Chicks' motoring mobile quarterback who led them in rushing last season, graduated Friday night, along with running backs Josh Latham and Tresjon Davis, wide receiver Montana Stonecalf, defensive linemen Oron Bowman and TJ Filer, and offensive lineman Hunter Ford, also the team's deep snapper.

There is a "core" of returners, Cobble said, that will be important to building on last year's success of a playoff berth. Receiver Taray Thomas, linemen Levi Kell, Riley Williams and Spencer Crumrine are all names that go to the top of that list.

But to build the team, Chickasha needs a quarterback first. Some of those names -- Thomas, Kell, and last year's junior varsity starter Robert Ferguson -- are on the immediate shortlist to take the reins of the Chickasha offense.

"Levi Kell probably has the most experience practicing at the possibility," Cobble said. "We haven't worked Taray Thomas there much, but he could do it. Robert Ferguson was our JV quarterback last year. It's not his best position, but he'll come along."

With each bringing a different set of skills to the position, form as well as how they fit into the offensive scheme will be a factor over the summer.

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