District 3A-3 football preview: Doc Harvey to lead inexperienced Seminole

The Chieftains are expected by many to once again be a state title contender thanks in large part to senior quarterback Doc Harvey.
by Trent Shadid Published: August 9, 2014
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photo - Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey is brought down by Kingfisher's defensive lineman Gabe Rednose  on this 3rd qtr. carry during the high school Class 3A semi-final football game at Choctaw High School on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.  The game pitted two teams who came into the game with perfect records, Kingfisher Yellowjackets and Seminole Chieftains.    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey is brought down by Kingfisher's defensive lineman Gabe Rednose on this 3rd qtr. carry during the high school Class 3A semi-final football game at Choctaw High School on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The game pitted two teams who came into the game with perfect records, Kingfisher Yellowjackets and Seminole Chieftains. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Few teams in Class 3A will enter the season less experienced than Seminole, which returns two starters on offense and three on defense.

Among the departures is standout running back Papi White.

White, now a freshman at Ohio, rushed for over 3,000 yards last season and led the state in yards per game with 241.

Still, the Chieftains are expected by many to once again be a state title contender thanks in large part to senior quarterback Doc Harvey.

Harvey, who is entering his third season as the starter, has over 4,000 passing yards in his career after throwing for 1,500 last season. The dual-threat talent also rushed for 900 yards as a junior.

Defensively, junior LB Tanner Knox is one of just three returning starters. Knox recorded 124 tackles last season.

Coach Mike Snyder is entering his 35th season with a career record of 323-99. He moved into second on the state’s all-time wins list last season, surpassing Joe Tunnell’s 322 wins with the Chieftains’ victory over Hilldale in the quarterfinals.

JONES MUST REPLACE TALENTED QB, AGAIN

Jones, a perennial playoff team, entered last season with uncertainty at quarterback after losing a standout arm.

The position was quickly solidified by then-sophomore Clayton Sims, who had won the starting job after current Alabama freshman David Cornwell transferred to Norman North. Sims threw for 2,253 yards and 19 touchdowns to just four interceptions.

This season, the Longhorns will go through the process again as Sims has transferred to Class 5A Deer Creek.

Sophomores Brandon George and Callen Houston are expected to compete for the starting role as practices get underway.

“It’s one of those things where we’ve just got to go through the process of getting experience for a young quarterback again,” said Jones coach Dave Martin. “We’re going to start out working both of them back there and we’ll see. Callen is a kid who can do a lot of things for us at a lot of different positions, so we’ll be using him probably at several different spots.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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