High school notebook: Ball control helping Douglass

Douglass coach Willis Alexander says his team has been taking better care of the ball. Next, the Trojans face a struggling Glenpool team.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: September 29, 2012
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After the Bombers missed two of their first three extra points, Estupinan came on to hit all six of his point-after tries.

Estupinan didn't join the team until Tuesday and had never played organized football before last week.

CUSHING WINS OT THRILLER

Cushing coach Barrett Shupe didn't want to mess around with a multiple-overtime game Friday night.

With his team needing seven points to tie Bristow and force a second overtime, Shupe decided one OT was enough, giving the ball to his workhorse tailback, Gage Stallworth, one more time. Stallworth converted the two-point try, producing a 64-63 win for Cushing.

Stallworth finished the day with 262 yards and five touchdowns on 44 carries. He also caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. He produced 44 of Cushing's 64 points.

The win lifted Cushing to 4-1 on the year and a perfect 2-0 in district play, with a nondistrict game against Henryetta this week

WAYNE GETTING PHYSICAL

Plenty went right for Wayne last season, as the Bulldogs took home their first state championship.

But one thing Wayne coach Brandon Sharp would've liked to have seen more of was turnovers.

The message has hit home so far this season.

After Wayne's 49-6 win over Caddo on Friday, the Bulldogs have forced more than 10 turnovers while giving the ball up just once.

“When we're tackling, the guys are ripping the ball out,” Sharp said. “The back end is also doing a good job and getting interceptions for us. That's something we've been stressing and it's paying off.”

Wayne plays at Stratford, which has won four consecutive games, on Friday.

WAGONER ROLLS BEHIND EVITT

After winning the Class 4A state championship last season with a team that starred Kevin Peterson, who is now at Oklahoma State, there was some question about how good Wagoner would be at running back.

Midway through the regular season, though, the Bulldogs are just fine.

In Friday night's 58-13 win over Tulsa McLain, Lawrence Evitt ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns and had a 66-yard touchdown reception as well.

Evitt now has 1,024 yards on 80 carries, averaging 12.8 yards per carry and rushing for 12 touchdowns for top-ranked Wagoner.


by Ryan Aber
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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
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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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