High school notebook: Sequoyah-Tahlequah out of playoffs after ruling

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: November 3, 2012
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After going undefeated in district play, Sequoyah-Tahlequah is, for now at least, out of the playoffs.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association ruled Saturday that the Indians must forfeit all of their wins because of a violation of the OSSAA's rules regarding payment for individual camps and clinics during the offseason.

Twelve Sequoyah-Tahlequah players were ruled ineligible in late October. The players were eventually granted a temporary restraining order by the Cherokee County District Court that allowed them to play in the Indians' final two games.

The ruling means that Jay is in the playoffs and expected to open the postseason at Stigler on Friday.

Hilldale, Keys (Park Hill) and Lincoln Christian each move up a spot in the District 3A-7 order.

Sequoyah-Tahlequah is expected to appeal the players' eligibility to the OSSAA's board of directors in their meeting Wednesday. It could also appeal the forfeiture rulings.

Last season, Guthrie was initially ruled out of the playoffs. After the school imposed sanctions including a suspension of its head coach, the board reversed the decision and placed the Bluejays back in the postseason.

Guthrie went on to win the Class 5A title last season.

Guthrie's violation involved just a single player, though.

SHAWNEE WINS ITS WAY IN

The Shawnee offense piled up 500 yards to defeat Noble 58-34 for the Wolves' third straight win to clinch a playoff berth Friday night.

Sophomore quarterback John Jacobs has come into his own this season, and his performance was key Friday. He rushed for five touchdowns and threw for two more to keep the Wolves' season alive.

Noble running back Jimmy Wood was strong in defeat, finishing with 213 yards on 26 carries.

The Wolves have a tough draw with a trip to District 5A-4 champ Tulsa East Central to open the postseason next week.

TECUMSEH READIES FOR ANADARKO

Tecumseh meets Anadarko next week in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, but the Savages had a must-win game Friday night.

In a game Tecumseh had to win to make the playoffs, the Savages defeated Mannford, 35-20, behind 219 yards rushing from running back Julian Tramble.

Tecumseh coach Greg George said the playoffs really started four weeks ago for the Savages, who won their final four district games after starting 0-3.



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