High school football: Connor McGinnis pacing Heritage Hall's run

Sophomore quarterback has the Chargers rolling again
by Ed Godfrey Published: November 13, 2012
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Heritage Hall's Connor McGinnis (4) runs from Casady's Blake Gunn (65) during a game at Casady High School in The Village, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Heritage Hall's Connor McGinnis (4) runs from Casady's Blake Gunn (65) during a game at Casady High School in The Village, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

Bogert said McGinnis keeps getting better.

“The option is not easy to run,” Bogert said. “He reads it really well, especially for a sophomore. He has got a good grasp of our offense.”

McGinnis is one of four sophomores who start for the Chargers, along with four freshmen. And now that the playoffs have begun, McGinnis is seeing more playing time on defense, starting at outside linebacker against Pauls Valley.

This was supposed to be a rebuilding season at Heritage Hall after a Barry Sanders and Sterling Shepard led Charger squad reached the Class 3A semifinals last year.

The Chargers (8-3) returned only four starters from last year and had a tough stretch at the beginning of the season where they lost to Clinton, Davis and Kingfisher in consecutive weeks.

But now they have won seven in a row and will travel to Jones on Friday night for a second-round playoff matchup against the potent Longhorns.

“I think our team has grown up tremendously,” McGinnis said. “I think we are kind of flying under the radar.”

As far as Bogert is concerned, the best thing about McGinnis is that he is just a sophomore.

“Being this young, he has done a great job,” Bogert said. “He's got a future.”

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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Fans pick Carl Albert's Thompson as Player of the Week

Nearly 2,000 votes were cast, and Carl Albert quarterback Steven Thompson came out on top of the NewsOK Varsity Oklahoma City-area Player of the Week fan poll.

In workhorse style, Thompson carried the ball 38 times for 189 yards and all four Titan touchdowns in a 28-21 upset of Del City last Friday.

Here are the final results of the poll:

Steven Thompson, Carl Albert: 871 votes (43.7 pct.)

Connor McGinnis, Heritage Hall: 839 votes (42.1 pct.)

Jordan Evans, Norman North: 170 votes (8.5 pct.)

J.T. McFadden, Guthrie: 59 votes (2.9 pct.)

David Cornwell, Jones: 55 votes (2.8 pct.)

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