Eight Sequoyah-Tahlequah football players and head coach Brent Scott were ruled ineligible Monday night by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
The ruling stems from the OSSAA rules governing summer camp and clinics.
The players were not named in a Cherokee Nation release announcing the sanctions, but the Tahlequah Daily Press reported that the players included several big contributors for the Class 3A No. 7 Indians, including quarterback Brayden Scott. Scott, a Memphis commit and the son of the head coach, is among the top recruits in the state for the 2013 class.
The players and coach remain in eligible at least until an appeal to the OSSAA’s Board of Directors on Nov. 7, two days before the playoffs begin.
The board has discretion to enforce additional penalties, possibly including forfeiture of games.
Earlier this summer, Sequoyah was ruled to have used an ineligible player on its slowpitch softball team, and the team’s state championship was vacated as a result.
“Chief (Bill John) Baker has instructed my office and the Cherokee Nation to use every resource we have throughout the appeal process,” Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree said in a release. “The Chief and I find it unconscionable that students and families are being punished for the actions of adults who should have followed the rules.”
WELKER FIELDS TO OPEN NEXT MONTH
Wes Welker will be in Oklahoma City early next month for the opening of Welker Fields at Jefferson Middle School.
The Wes Welker Foundation, along with the Fields and Futures organization, worked to rebuild the football, soccer and softball fields at Jefferson and contributed $24,000 to provide all the necessary equipment for the fields.
Welker, the Heritage Hall product now playing in the NFL for the New England Patriots, will make the trip to Oklahoma City on the Patriots' bye week to attend a community event to celebrate the opening of Welker Fields on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. The event will include games, a raffle and food, and Welker will speak to the crowd at 12:30 p.m.
YUKON CHASING MILESTONE
Yukon coach Todd Wilson has always wanted to build the Millers into a regular playoff team. Heading into Friday's home game against U.S. Grant, Yukon needs just one win to lock up a postseason berth for the fourth straight year under Wilson — a significant achievement for the program.
Yukon went to the playoffs three straight years from 1996-98, including a state runner-up finish in 1997. But the team hasn't been to four straight postseasons in more than 40 years, the last such stretch coming under coach Rene Huckaba in 1966-69.
SCOVILL HOPING TO RETURN
Norman's No. 2 runner, Eric Scovill, has missed the entire cross country season with a stress fracture, but may run in Saturday's state cross country championships for the defending state champion Tigers.
Norman finished second to Edmond Memorial at Saturday's 6A regional. If Scovill can run pain-free this week, “we are going to cut him loose,” Norman coach Scott Monnard said.
Monnard is hoping Scovill can make a difference in the race for state championship.
“If we didn't think he could run under 17 on in the low 17s, we wouldn't be doing this,” Monnard said. “He is one of our most courageous runners.”
MEMORIAL'S HAMMOND WILL MISS STATE
Edmond Memorial, which won Saturday's 6A boys cross country regional in Norman, is without its No. 2 runner.
Seth Hammond, who missed the regional meet because of an illness, also will not run at the state meet Saturday in Edmond, said Edmond Memorial coach David Sammons.
“With him, we had a little cushion,” Sammons said. “We don't have wiggle room.”
The Bulldogs are looking for their first state cross country championship in eight years.
Edmond Memorial's top runner, Alex Shook, won the regional meet.