Deion Sanders said he contacted former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer to help him find opponents for his new Dallas-area high school team, Prime Prep Academy, which is how he was able to line up last week's game with Millwood.
Now, Sanders is looking for more.
With his team unable to compete in district play in Texas, Sanders is welcoming to the idea of returning to Oklahoma for more games this season.
Prime Prep is not allowed to play games against teams that are part of the University Interscholastic League, Texas' version of the OSSAA. So they're in need outside opponents.
In addition to Millwood, which won 40-12 Friday, Prime Prep has played two Texas teams that are part of a private-school league outside the UIL. Sanders said that based on student population, Prime Prep qualified for Class 2A in Texas, though they opted to be in a 3A district.
“We're willing to come back,” Sanders said. “I think the whole month of October is open.
“We're not stacking the deck, you can see that. We're 0-3. We're just trying to get these guys games to allow them to do what they're gifted to do.”
EDMOND NORTH'S HEINEN WINS AT HEFNER
The only player in the field to shoot below 70 both rounds, Edmond North junior Nick Heinen pulled away for a four-shot victory in the OJGT Lake Hefner Shootout Sunday.
Heinen played Hefner's North course in 10-under-par 134 for two rounds (68-66) to edge a pair of his Edmond counterparts, Griffin Pierce and Ty Tamura, each at 138.
Yujeong Son of Norman finished at 1-under-par 143 (71-72) to win the girls event by four shots over McGuinness' Alexis Sadeghy.
TITANS DOWN GUTHRIE
Abby Meador struck out eight as Carl Albert shut out Guthrie 6-0 at home Tuesday night.
Madisyn Long went 2 for 4 with an RBI, doubling home Morgan Heard in the third.
Heard and McKenzie Jones had a pair of hits each.
Meador allowed just three hits, two in the fourth inning. The first runner was doubled off at first after an infield popup and Meador struck out the final batter of the inning to escape the jam.
Carl Albert plays Northwest in a district doubleheader Monday. The Titans are tied with Deer Creek atop District 5A-1. Carl Albert and Deer Creek split their games this season.
SHARP BROTHERS PREPARE FOR SHOWDOWN
Wayne coach Brandon Sharp is plenty familiar with his opponent this week.
The Bulldogs play at Elmore City-Pernell on Friday. Elmore City's coach is Sharp's brother, Sam Sharp.
“We're looking forward to it,” Brandon Sharp said. “He's got a good team over there and we're going to have to play well.”
That hasn't been an issue so far for the defending Class A champions, who have outscored their opponents 141-38 entering district play.
Elmore City fell to Velma-Alma last week after two convincing wins to start the season.
SANTA FE LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK
No. 8 Edmond Santa Fe gets a chance to redeem itself Thursday night against No. 7 Southmoore after the Wolves were beaten up Friday night by Edmond North.
The Wolves entered last week's Edlam battle against the Huskies as the favorite. They were ranked No. 4 in the state and were the top-ranked team in Class 6A on the western side of the state.
After the game, Santa Fe coach Lance Manning implied that the lofty ranking was too high for his young Wolves this early in the season.
“We are inexperienced,” Manning said after the 26-13 loss to Edmond North. “I tell people that, not as an excuse, but hey, let's hold up here.
“It's going to take us awhile to build some continuity. We just have five returning starters on offense and four on defense. That's not a whole lot. But we do have good kids, good athletes. We are going to recover and get better.”
NOT THE ONLY ONE
Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said Monday that he couldn't remember another Antlers linebacker recording 30 tackles in a single game like Austin Loomis did Thursday night in the 45-14 victory over Edmond Memorial. But Enid coach Steve Chard could.
Chard, a former defensive coordinator at Deer Creek, emailed The Oklahoman on Tuesday to set the record straight.
“The kid is obviously a stud,” Chard said of Loomis. “However, in the fall of 2000, the year of Deer Creek's only state title in football, linebacker Brad Bowman had 31 tackles in a week three victory over McGuinness.
“I have been coaching 20 years and Brad is the finest defensive player I have ever coached and a huge reason we won the title that year.”