Former Douglass basketball standout Stephen Clark, currently attending Quest Prep in Las Vegas, will be back home later this week, if only temporarily.
Clark and his mother, Dorshell, have lined up some in-home visits from college coaches on Sept. 9-11, including Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford.
Ford's recruitment of Clark has become important with the Cowboys' needs at point guard, and Clark is viewed as Ford's top target at the position.
Baylor, UCLA, Florida State, Marquette, Missouri and Tulsa are scheduled to visit, and Connecticut could be in the mix as well.
Clark's family still lives in Oklahoma City while his younger brother, Deondre Clark, continues his football career at Douglass, where he is being recruited nationally as a defensive end.
The family has said Stephen Clark will not make a college choice until spring. He is regarded as a top 100 player in the country by virtually all major recruiting services. He's rated No. 93 in the latest Rivals.com Top 150, No. 73 by Scout.com, No. 59 by ESPN and No. 47 by MaxPreps.
HERITAGE HALL HITS TOUGH STRETCH
Heritage Hall jumped from No. 12 to No. 7 in 3A after a dominating defensive performance in the Chargers' 30-8 victory Thursday night over Casady.
Thirteen of the Casady's 25 rushing plays in the game produced negative yards.
“Up front, we played really well,” Chargers' coach Andy Bogert said.
Heritage Hall's defensive line was drawing double teams, allowing linebackers Demaria Walters, A.J. Knowles and T.J. Schallner to run free and disrupt Casady's offense.
Walters and Knowles both had quarterback sacks for huge losses at critical times in the game.
Cornerback Domonique James iced the game with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Offensively, sophomore Connor McGinnis showed poise as Heritage Hall's new quarterback.
“I thought he was pretty composed,” Bogert said. “He ran our little option game pretty well. We put him in some spots where he could make some easy throws; he had a good grasp of the game plan, and he did a good job.”
The Chargers face a brutal schedule over the next three weeks against 4A No. 2 Clinton, 2A No. 4 Davis and 3A No. 1 Kingfisher.
“The caliber of competition is going to go up, and we just got to be ready,” Bogert said. “If we can stay healthy through those games, we are looking forward to the latter part of the year and getting on a roll.”
BALANCED OFFENSE LEADS DEER CREEK
Going into the season, Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said the Antlers would be explosive on offense. They proved it in Friday night's 52-13 pummeling of Piedmont.
The Antlers scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and led 35-0 after the first quarter. It was 45-0 at halftime.
“We got a lot of weapons,” Gower said. “We kind of got on a roll and had some good things happened. All of sudden it was 35-0.”
Deer Creek quarterback, Joel Blumenthal, was 13 of 16 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He only played a portion of the Antlers' first series of the second half.
“He cramped up right at that point,” Gower said. “We pulled him at that point.”
The rest of Deer Creek's starters were out of the game midway through the third period. Running back Brennan Miyake rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries, including a touchdown. Alec James had six receptions for 92 yards and a score.
Jared Rayburn, who moved to the slot receiver this season, had a big night on both sides of the ball. He caught a 49-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 99 yards for a score, jumping an out route.
TRIPLE OPTION SUITS ROCKETS
Friday night was the debut of Mount St. Mary's new triple option offense, and it was a big success.
The Rockets rolled over Crooked Oak, 54-19, as quarterback Mikee Anthony ran for three touchdowns and passed for another.
Anthony has been a receiver for the Rockets since his freshman year but was moved to quarterback for his senior season. Not only was Anthony told in January that he was going to be the Rockets' new quarterback, he also was told the team would be running a new option offense.
The Rockets line up with a quarterback, fullback, a slot back on each side and one wide receiver.
“When I first started learning it, I had a lot of trouble getting my reads down properly, but toward the middle of the summer everyone started clicking,” Anthony said.
Anthony said the new offense allows the Rockets to take advantage of their depth at the slot back position.
“We are pretty much four deep there,” he said. “We have a lot of kids with quickness and athleticism who can make great cuts when they get the ball.”
The Rockets rushed for 348 yards as a team against Crooke Oak. Anthony had 20 carries for 175 yards.
Learning to throw the football was more difficult for Anthony than learning the option game.
“I was a baseball player for 10 years, so I didn't have a very good throwing style,” he said.
Anthony worked with a passing coach three times a week during the summer. Now, he prefers throwing touchdown passes over catching them.
“The feeling of placing the ball just in the right spot and having somebody run under it feels pretty great,” he said.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND ED GODFREY