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High school football: Oklahoma's winningest high school coach congratulates Seminole's Mike Snyder on 300 wins

Bruce Hendrickson had 351 victories during his career, and Joe Tunnell won 322 games. Hendrickson congratulated Snyder on reaching the 300 victories milestone.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jason Kersey Published: September 15, 2012

Seminole's Mike Snyder became the third football coach in state history to win 300 games with the Chieftains' win over McLoud on Friday.

Snyder has some work to go to catch up to No. 1, though.

The National Federation of State High School Associations record book lists Bruce Hendrickson as winning 301 games in his career at Commerce, Texhoma, Okeene, Seiling and Wynnewood, but the book is incomplete.

Hendrickson continued his career at Cordell and Wewoka, finishing with a state-record 351 victories.

Hendrickson coached against both Snyder and Joe Tunnell, who won 322 games.

“It's a great milestone for Mike,” Hendrickson said. “Both of those guys are class acts.”


Riverside hadn't won since the 2010 season opener, dropping 19 consecutive games entering Friday night's game at home against Bray-Doyle.

The Indians hadn't been particularly close, either. One of those losses came by 12 points. The others were by 31 points or more. In none of those games did Riverside score more than 14 points.

Friday, though, Riverside pulled away late and broke the streak with a 34-16 win over the Donkeys.

Riverside forced five turnovers in the game, including scoring on Tristan Cardoza's 41-yard fumble return in the first quarter.

Five different players scored touchdowns for Riverside.


Davis doesn't use a lot of flash in its offense.

The Wolves do one thing — run the wishbone — and do it to near perfection.

Davis moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2009, beating Heritage Hall 12-0 at home.

The shutout was the first for Heritage Hall since the 2009 season opener.

Davis did it by wearing down the Chargers on both sides of the ball. Alec Hetherington scored from 17 yards out in the second quarter and Blake Summers had a five-yard touchdown run in the third to lift the Wolves.

Things don't get any easier for Heritage Hall this week. The Chargers open District 3A-3 play at No. 1 Kingfisher.


Mustang senior linebacker Cory Irwins finally got in a game.

Irwins (6-foot-3, 213 pounds), who aggravated a previous shoulder injury during the preseason, suited up for the first time this season Friday in Mustang's 36-14 home win over Stillwater. But it wasn't until the third quarter, with Mustang well ahead, when Irwins actually entered the game.

“He practiced all this week,” Mustang coach Ty Prestidge said. “He threw a couple shots (Friday), and he got up and didn't show anything. This was a good week to test him and see how he's feeling, and to give him some confidence.”

Irwins suffered a season-ending shoulder injury early last season and battled through knee problems as a sophomore.

Still, Irwins' performances at summer camps made big-time colleges interested and landed him at No. 28 on The Oklahoman's Super 30.

Prestidge said he's taking it day-to-day with Irwins, adding that he wasn't sure if the senior would be ready for heavier duty in next Friday's district opener at Norman.


Oklahoma Christian Academy in Edmond snapped a 12-game losing streak with Friday's 20-18 win over Allen.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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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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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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