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All-State Games notebook: Harrah football coach using a legend's philosophies

Phil Webb said he hopes the ideals of Mike Little work in turning around the Panthers' program
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: July 29, 2013
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“This group of kids in their high-school career haven't really been in any kind of accountability in a summer program from May to August, and I think they've handled it really well,” he said.

But Schwerdtfeger has also been impressed with his skill kids.

The Indians return receiver/safety Justin Brown, who Schwerdtfeger said could be one of the top receivers in District 5A-2.

Cal Baker, though, might impress even more as a junior quarterback.

“He's going to be good as a junior, but once I've had him two years he'll be quite a bit better in the system,” Schwerdtfeger said.

EDMOND NORTH'S MOORE COMMITS TO NORTH TEXAS

Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore committed to North Texas on Sunday after a strong showing at the Mean Green's kicking camp, coach Scott Burger confirmed.

Moore made 12 of 14 field goals last season, with his longest being 48 yards. He also averaged 34.4 yards per punt.

Moore is a three-star prospect, according to ESPN.com.

POLE VAULT GETS MORE PADDING 

A safety measure to protect pole vaulters will allow for more padding around the pole vault plant box for the 2013-14 track and field season.

And for 2014-15, the added padding will become a requirement for OSSAA schools.

This is in line with a National Federation of State High School Associations rule adopted earlier this summer.

Pole vault planting box padding that meets specification will be required in 2014-15. The padding can be incorporated into the design of the planting box or can be an addition to an existing planting box, according to the NFHS.

OSSAA associate director David Jackson, who oversees track and field, said it is important to give schools a year to prepare for the required change.

“It's an expense issue for some schools and we certainly want to give them some lead time before making it a mandate,” he said.

DIBBLE'S JEVONS TRYING TO BREAK THROUGH

Sometimes it can be hard for a small-school talent to prove his worth to major college football coaches, but Dibble senior Tazden Jevons is working hard to break down that wall.

Already with Division II programs such as Pittsburg State having extended scholarship offers, the speedy 6-foot-1, 220-pound Jevons is trying to keep the interest of some D-I schools.

Oklahoma State and Kansas State have continued to show interest, and New Mexico has given a verbal offer.

“Sometimes it's hard to be discovered in a small town,” Dibble coach J.R. Conrad said. “He does everything right. Academics are in order. He works out religiously.

“Somebody's gonna get a really good football player.”

Jevons was among Class 2A's top rushers last season with 1,918 yards and 27 touchdowns, but his college future is more likely on the defensive side, perhaps as an outside linebacker, Conrad said.

BY JACOB UNRUH, STEPHANIE KUZYDYM AND SCOTT WRIGHT

by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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