The topic of a potential Class 7A in football will be discussed again by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors on Wednesday.
The board agenda includes an item for discussion “and possible action regarding the recommendations from the Constitution and Rules Review Committee.”
That committee made its recommendations on Class 7A among a variety of topics it sought to improve in the OSSAA constitution.
The recommendation made by the committee to the board would divide the current 32 schools of Class 6A into two 16-team classes for football only.
The goal of the committee was to best address the fact that Jenks and Tulsa Union have won every Class 6A state championship since 1996.
“We want to see if this is a viable option to level the playing field a little more,” Yukon superintendent Bill Denton said in November. Denton headed the committee and also serves on the board.
The board will discuss the issue, with the option to table it for further discussion, amend the plan, and potentially send it to the 32 Class 6A schools for a vote to approve it.
The earliest the new classes could be in place would be the 2014 football season, because the districts are already set for 2013.
SANTA FE'S SUMPTER COMMITS TO MEMPHIS
Edmond Santa Fe running back/defensive back Phillip Sumpter announced on Twitter that he verbally committed to Memphis on Monday.
Sumpter is the third state player, along with Sequoyah-Tahlequah quarterback Brayden Scott and Ringling linebacker Jackson Dillon, to commit to the Tigers, who are coached by Oklahoma native Justin Fuente.
Sumpter is targeted as a safety in the Memphis system, though he played both sides of the ball for Santa Fe. He averaged 6.3 yards on 45 rushing attempts with 287 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, he had 123 tackles, four sacks and an interception.
TITLE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED LIVE
The Class A and 2A championship games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Oklahoma Saturday, while Friday night's Class 3A final will be carried on the Cox Channel.
The 3A game between Kingfisher and Blanchard will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday from Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. It will air on Cox channels 3 and 703, which are only available to the state's Cox Communications customers. The 3A game will also be available to watch online. The OSSAA will release the web address to the public once it is available.
Saturday's doubleheader will be available to anyone who receives Fox Sports Oklahoma. Ringling faces Wynnewood in the Class A game at 1 p.m. and Davis takes on Oklahoma Christian in the 2A final at 7:30, both in Stillwater.
CUSHING, FREDERICK PLAYERS WIN HONORS
Cushing's Gage Stallworth won the Marine Corps Elite Warrior of the Year award, the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Oklahoma City announced Monday.
Stallworth was selected from the weekly award winners to take the honor. He won in Week 2 after scoring seven touchdowns in a 48-36 win over Perry.
Also, the U.S. Air Force's 349th Recruiting Squadron announced Frederick's Trevor Flores and Jessie Webb as the U.S. Air Force Precision Air Strike of the Year for Oklahoma.
Flores completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,755 yards and 46 touchdowns with just four interceptions while Webb had 1,202 yards and 14 touchdowns receiving.