POTTSBORO — After jumping into the middle of the Cardinals’ district title run, Zane Martinez and Connor Strocher might have been too young to understand what was going on around them.

POTTSBORO — After jumping into the middle of the Cardinals’ district title run, Zane Martinez and Connor Strocher might have been too young to understand what was going on around them.


But the Pottsboro seniors quickly figured out the high standards needed to be met and added three more district crowns that pushed the current streak to five.


"When you’re a freshman going against a senior, I don’t know what it is but you feel like you’re never going to be good enough," Strocher said. "It was a rude awakening. The coaching staff we have, they want everything you do to be competitive."


Although it was a disappointing end to their final season with the only loss coming to White Oak in the area round, there is a new beginning as Strocher signed with Oklahoma Baptist and Martinez signed with Wayland Baptist on Wednesday morning.


Strocher chose the Division II program over Southeastern Oklahoma State, East Central, Stephen F. Austin and McMurry while Martinez chose the NAIA school over Southern Nazarene.


Martinez had 78 tackles (57 solo) with an interception and a fumble recovery. He also chipped in 27 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns. He earned first-team all-district honors at safety.


As a junior he totaled 108 tackles (86 solo) with three pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery and was first-team all-district as the Cardinals reached the region final.


Martinez had 102 tackles (59 solo) as a sophomore in his first season on varsity. The past two seasons he was part of a defense that allowed 15.7 points in 2014 and then just 7.3 points, including a school-record five shutouts.


"A lot of us started as sophomores and we grew together and we fit together," Martinez said. "We realize what we were doing."


Strocher was a three-year starter for one of the most potent offenses in the area. The Cardinals averaged 43.8 points and 374.5 yards this past season; in 2014 those numbers were 34.7 points and 405.1 yards per contest and sat at 23.5 points and 297.8 yards per game in 2013.


He was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year in District 5-3A (I) after being second-team all-district as a junior. And despite limited snaps on defense, OBU might use him on that side of the ball.


"I’m really aggressive so I think that’s translatable. I wasn’t really thinking I’d get recruited for defense," Strocher said. "I don’t care where I play as long as I play."


Harris to NWOSU


GUNTER — Jesse Harris showed versatility during his time on the Gunter offensive line and that helped prepare him to have a chance to compete at the next level.


Lining up at different spots and continuing to have success opening holes for the Tigers is part of the reason Harris signed his letter of intent to play football for Northwestern Oklahoma State on Wednesday morning.


Harris chose the Division II program over Southeastern Oklahoma State and Hastings College.


"On my official visit I felt like they really wanted me," Harris said. "I felt it was a good place for me."


After being named honorable mention all-district as a sophomore, Harris was second-team all-district at guard during his junior year before earning second-team all-district honors at tackle as a senior.


Gunter took second in District 5-3A (II) this past season and finished 8-4 with an area round loss to eventual champion Waskom. The Tigers made it to the region final in 2014 before losing to Waskom, which went on to win the state title.


"I’ve played a lot of varsity football. Played in some big games," Harris said. "I think that will help me at the next level."


Northwestern Oklahoma State went 3-8 this past season and posted the same record in the Great American Conference.


"They told me I would fit in at right guard. They also told me I had the size and length to play at any position," Harris said.


B. Ridge duo signs


BLUE RIDGE — A pair of two-way standouts who helped the Tigers to one of the best seasons in school history signed their letters of intent to play football in college on Wednesday morning.


Receiver and defensive back Brevin Wiggins signed with Southeastern Oklahoma State while running back and linebacker Konner Walker signed with Benedictine College.


Wiggins chose the Division II program over Midwestern State, Bethany and MidAmerica Nazarene while Walker picked the NAIA school over Austin College and MidAmerica Nazarene.


Despite missing half the season with a broken foot, Wiggins still compiled 22 catches for 583 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense he totaled 66 tackles, three interceptions — two returned for touchdowns — five pass break-ups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.


It was the third straight year he was named first-team all-district on both sides of the ball.


"I don’t really care what position I play," Wiggins said.


During his junior season, Wiggins had 49 catches for 845 yards and 10 TDs and was honorable mention Class 2A all-state by the Associated Press Sports Editors. As a sophomore Wiggins finished with 30 catches for 648 yards and 11 touchdowns and as a freshman contributed five catches for 92 yards and a score.


Walker filled in due to injuries at running back and ran 160 times for 1,307 yards and 17 touchdowns to go with 18 catches for 358 yards and two scores.


"The biggest part was the offensive line," Walker said. "They held together well and protected us."


On defense he finished with 151 total tackles, 81 solo. He was a first-team all-district selection on both sides of the ball.


Walker was an honorable mention all-district selection as a junior.


Blue Ridge went 10-2 and shared the District 5-2A (I) title with Valley View before an area round loss against region champion Crawford. It was the first time since 1991 that the Tigers earned a district title, won a playoff game or reached double digits in victories.


"Couldn’t ask for a better season, even if it did end earlier than we wanted," Wiggins said. "The first three years built up to that."