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Class 5A football notebook: Tulsa East Central's Bobby Klink succeeds in adversity

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: December 1, 2012

Despite Saturday night's loss, it's hard to view Bobby Klink's first season as Tulsa East Central's head coach as anything but an astounding success.

Klink's Cardinals fell to Carl Albert 24-8 in the Class 5A state championship game at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday night.

After last season, East Central head coach Travis Hill resigned amid a Tulsa Public Schools investigation. Shortly thereafter, his replacement, Ben Bowling, stepped down in the aftermath of a DUI incident.

Klinck, the former Jenks star who played collegiately at both Oklahoma and Tulsa took over the program in late spring and had only a few days to prepare for spring practice.

The team was forced to forfeit its first four games for using an ineligible sophomore, an issue that was caused by the school's failure to file the proper paperwork before Klinck was hired.

Saturday's loss was the team's only actual defeat on the field.


The Carl Albert defense didn't give up much of anything Saturday night, aside from a few trick plays.

Receiver Stanvon Taylor threw three passes off reverses or handoffs, passing back across the field to quarterback Tre'von Cherry.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
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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